People at BiHy

BiHy Group Oct 2018
Mauri Kostiainen

Professor Mauri Kostiainen

Erasmus, 2003-2004, Supramolecules
(University of York)
MSc, 2005, Organic Chemistry
(University of Helsinki)
PhD, 2008, Technical Physics
(Helsinki University of Technology)
PostDoc, 2008-2010, Physical Virology
(Radboud University Nijmegen, NL)
Research Associate, 2011-2013
Applied Physics (Aalto)
Assistant Professor, 2013-2016
Biohybrid Materials (Aalto)
Associate Professor (Tenured), 2016-2020
Biohybrid Materials (Aalto)
Full Professor, 2020-
Biohybrid Materials (Aalto)

Biohybrid Materials Group
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Aalto University, Kemistintie 1
FI-02150 Espoo, Finland

Current Group Members: PostDocs

Veikko Linko

Dr. Veikko Linko

Dr. Veikko Linko is a Research Fellow who holds two Docentships; one in Chemical Engineering (field: Bionanotechnology) at the Aalto University and another in Physics (field: Molecular Nanotechnology) at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include DNA nanotechnology, self-assembled and biohybrid materials, drug-delivery applications, nanolithography, molecular electronics and plasmonics. (homepage)


Dr. Sami Nummelin

Sami Nummelin received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). After postdoctoral periods at the Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), the University of Pennsylvania (USA), and as the Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at Aalto University (Finland) he joined the Biohybrid Materials group in the summer of 2014. His research interests include dendritic and biohybrid materials, their self-assembly, and drug-delivery applications.

Kalle Lintinen

Dr. Kalle Lintinen

Kalle Lintinen received his PhD in 2010 from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) in the group of prof. Helge Lemmetyinen, working in the synthesis of photopolymerizable organic chromophores. After a postdoctoral year at Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (France) he worked in the industry (Silecs Oy) for three years, working on functional coatings for the electronics industry, before joining the Biohybrid Materials group in 2014. His current research focuses on the formation, synthetic modification and applications of colloidal lignin particles.

Katja Heise

Dr. Katja Heise (together with prof. E. Kontturi)

I have a strong background in chemically modifying and characterizing biopolymers and I am very much interested in structure-property-relationships resulting from tailored modifications of these fascinating materials. My PhD thesis (completed in 2017 at the Institute of Plant and Wood Chemistry, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany) was carried out in collaboration with BASF SE focusing on the synthesis of lignocellulose-based hydrogels for soil applications. I joined Aalto in November 2017 as a shared postdoctoral researcher (together with the group of Prof. E. Kontturi). My current work lies at the interface between nanocellulose modification, organic synthesis, and polymer sciences, using cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) or nanofibers (CNF) as modification templates.


Dr. Eduardo Anaya

Eduardo Anaya-Plaza received his PhD in 2016 from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Torres and Dr de la Escosura, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of water-soluble phthalocyanines and their application in nanomedicine and photovoltaics. In 2016 he moved to the University of Birmingham (UK) joining Prof. Paula Mendes’ group. In February 2018 he moves to Aalto University (Finland), where he is currently a recipient of a MSCA Individual Fellowship (BiHyOMat, project number 794536). His research interests lie at the interface of chemistry, biology, and physics, working on the synthesis and conjugation of organic chromophores with biological scaffolds such as proteins, DNA origami, and cellulose derivatives, in order to develop biohybrids with optoelectronic properties.

Qing Liu

Dr. Qing Liu

From 2012 to 2017, I was studying in Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering group as a PhD student at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) under the supervision of prof. Andreas Herrman. During that time, my research focus was on the chemical modification of DNA and its application in like catalyst and drug delivery. In March 2018, I joined BiHy group as a postdoctor researcher. Currently my research fields include the synthesis and application of bioconjugates as a heparin binder, as well as DNA nanotechnology.

Current Group Members: PhD Students

Sofia Julin

Sofia Julin

I received my M.Sc. degree in Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering from Aalto University in 2018. As a part of my master, I spent the academic year 2014-2015 as an Erasmus exchange student at Graz University of Technology (Austria) studying Pharmaceutical Engineering. I joined the Biohybrid Materials group in 2017 as a master thesis student and I am currently a PhD student in the group. My research interests lie at the interface of biology, material sciences and physics, and include DNA nanotechnology and self-assembly. In my research, I study how electrostatic self-assembly guided by DNA origami structures can be used to construct novel, highly ordered biohybrid structures.


Heini Ijäs (visting from University of Jyväskylä)

I am a visiting PhD student from the University of Jyväskylä, where I study in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science in the research group of Prof. Janne Ihalainen. I joined the BiHy group through a collaborative project in 2017. I have a M.Sc. in cell and molecular biology and nanoscience. My current research focuses in DNA nanotechnology, and I develop dynamic and functional nanostructures by combining DNA origamis and proteins.

Petteri Piskunen

Petteri Piskunen

I graduated from the master’s programme in chemical, biochemical and materials engineering with a major in functional materials and minor studies in sustainable metals processing. I have a keen interest in all things materials related and I am now working on my doctoral studies in a materials science oriented application of DNA nanostructures. The aim of my work is to further expand on a newly developed DNA-assisted lithography (DALI) technique, where we combine the high accuracy and addressability of DNA origami with traditional lithography methods.



I am working as a Ph.D. candidate in the group since August 2019. My research focuses on developing novel biohybrids based on DNA origami and protein cages for nanomedicine and water remediation purpose. Before joining the group, I was associated with Biohybrid material group in 2018 as a research assistant and later on, continued my master thesis on DNA nanostructures interaction with Zinc Phthalocyanine. I did my master’s degree in Life Sciences Technologies (Major: Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering) from Aalto University, Finland.

When not lost in the lab, I enjoy watching cricket, listening Sufi music and hiking.

Daniel Langerreiter

Daniel Langerreiter

I obtained my master degree at University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology in Chemistry and Materials Technology, where I developed my interest in materials. In the master study, I specialized on materials synthesis and characterization, predominantly in functional solid-state materials.

I joined the BiHy group in the middle of May 2020 and started working on my PhD project, which is about developing new biohybrid materials on synthesizing and characterizing DNAzymes.

Seitz Iris

Seitz Iris

I am part of the BiHy group since summer 2020 in order to conduct my doctoral studies, after completing my M.Sc. studies in Nanobiotechnology at Aalborg University (Denmark) and B.Sc. studies in Innsbruck (Austria). I am very much interested in research conducted at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology including the functionalization of DNA nanostructures and self-assembly, for example sensing using DNA and DNA cages for drug delivery. I will be working on engineering of DNAzymes and the encapsulation of DNA origami structures for efficient delivery.

Current Group Members: Master Students

Kyllönen Daniella

Kyllönen Daniella

I am currently a master's student in Fiber and Polymer Engineering at Aalto University. I completed my bachelor's studies in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (USA). I am interested in the development of biopolymer applications with sustainable production practices.

I joined the BiHy group in May 2021. Now I am working on the synthesis and application of bioconjugates as a heparin binder.

Alumni (continued to):

  • Dr. Boxuan Shen (Karolinska Institute)
  • Dr. Antti Korpi  (The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI))
  • M.Sc. Alexander Fusi (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • M.Sc. Henri Sydänmaanlakka (Tekmala Oy)
  • Dr. Salla Välimäki (Tikkurila)
  • Inka Lehtonen (continues studies at Aalto University)
  • Mikko Korkiakoski (continues studies at Aalto University)
  • M.Sc. Ahmed (continues as a doctoral candidate)
  • M.Sc. Taofik Araba
  • M.Sc. Ekaterina Sakarinen (Microsoft)
  • M.Sc. Iiris Hakaste (Boston Scientific)
  • Dr. Apeksha Damania (Guidehouse)
  • Henri Sydänmaanlakka (continues studies at Aalto University)
  • Dandan Hou (continues studies at Aalto University)
  • Aykut Bilir (continues studies at Hacettepe University)
  • Piotr Skumial (continues studies at Aalto University)
  • Dr. Ari Ora (continues teaching at Aalto University)
  • Dr. Ville Liljeström (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Lotta Gustavsson (Stockholm University)
  • M.Sc. Alisa Kopilow (StatFinn)
  • Ekaterina Sakarinen (Helmholtz Institute, Berlin)
  • M.Sc. Markus Ronkainen
  • M.Sc. Sanna Luiro (DuPont)
  • M.Sc. Henni Auvinen (Biolin Scientific)
  • M.Sc. Juhana Kommeri (Qvik)
  • Maria Heilala (continues studies at University of Helsinki)
  • Dr. Joona Mikkilä (University of Helsinki)
  • M.Sc. Faizan Asad (ThirdEye)
  • M.Sc. Erika Järvihaavisto (Oy Fision Ltd.)
  • M.Sc. Jenny Kiviaho (Metropolia, University of Applied Sciences)
  • Lotta Gustavsson (continues studies at University of Helsinki)
  • Laura Aarnos (continues studies at Aalto / Nanyang Technological University, Signapore)
  • M.Sc. Eduardo Anaya (visited from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Dr. Salla Välimäki (Aalto university, School of Chemical Technology)
  • Lic.Sc. (Tech.) Pegah Khanjani (Aalto university, School of Chemical Technology)
  • M.Sc. Marika Eerikäinen (Murata Electronics)
  • M.Sc. Ville Lovikka (Aalto university, School of Chemical Technology)
  • M.Sc. Sari Tähkä (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy)
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