Markus Linder

T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems


I work on making different microbes do useful things. Microbes are incredibly versatile systems for producing different types of materials and chemicals. The microbes can produce proteins that we build materials from. These materials can be something like silk, or cellulose. The special thing is that we can use genetic engineering to program so that the microbes make the materials or chemicals that we want. We also study how microbes communicate with each other in order to get them working better together to make the things we want them to do. When the microbes have made components or chemicals to make materials form our real challenge is to actually construct the materials. This involves using different assembly techniques and characterization. In the future I think that this way of using engineered microbes to produce materials and chemical will allow a sustainable green technology.

Also look at: The HYBER Centre.

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Leading edge-lecturer

Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Jan 2015

VTT Prize for Scientific Excellence

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Jan 1998

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  • Biomolecular Materials, Professor


On the mechanism for the highly sensitive response of cellulose nanofiber hydrogels to the presence of ionic solutes

Suvi Arola, Zhennan Kou, Bart J.M. Rooijakkers, Rama Velagapudi, Maria Sammalkorpi, Markus B. Linder 2022 Cellulose

Robotic Fiber Fabrication based on Solidification Force Control

Houari Bettahar, Teemu Valisalmi, Markus Linder, Quan Zhou 2022 Proceedings of MARSS 2022 - 5th International Conference on Manipulation, Automation, and Robotics at Small Scales

In vivo liquid–liquid phase separation protects amyloidogenic and aggregation-prone peptides during overexpression in Escherichia coli

Bartosz Gabryelczyk, Reema Alag, Margaret Philips, Kimberly Low, Anandalakshmi Venkatraman, Bhuvaneswari Kannaian, Xiangyan Shi, Markus Linder, Konstantin Pervushin, Ali Miserez 2022 Protein Science

Recombinant protein condensation inside E. coli enables the development of building blocks for bioinspired materials engineering – Biomimetic spider silk protein as a case study

Bartosz Gabryelczyk, Fred-Eric Sammalisto, Julie-Anne Gandier, Jianhui Feng, Grégory Beaune, Jaakko V.I. Timonen, Markus B. Linder 2022 Materials Today Bio

Electrolyte-Controlled Permeability in Nanocellulose-Stabilized Emulsions

Katja Heise, Christopher Jonkergouw, Eduardo Anaya-Plaza, Valentina Guccini, Timo Pääkkönen, Markus B. Linder, Eero Kontturi, Mauri A. Kostiainen 2022 Advanced Materials Interfaces

Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation and Assembly of Silk-like Proteins is Dependent on the Polymer Length

Laura Lemetti, Alberto Scacchi, Yin Yin, Mengjie Shen, Markus B. Linder, Maria Sammalkorpi, A. Sesilja Aranko 2022 Biomacromolecules

Recombinant Spider Silk Protein and Delignified Wood Form a Strong Adhesive System

Laura Lemetti, Jennifer Tersteegen, Juuso Sammaljärvi, A. Sesilja Aranko, Markus B. Linder 2022 ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering

Emergence of Elastic Properties in a Minimalist Resilin-Derived Heptapeptide upon Bromination

Andrea Pizzi, Lorenzo Sori, Claudia Pigliacelli, Alfonso Gautieri, Clara Andolina, Greta Bergamaschi, Alessandro Gori, Pierre Panine, Antonio Mattia Grande, Markus B. Linder, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli, Monica Soncini, Pierangelo Metrangolo 2022 Small

Biological activity of multicomponent bio-hydrogels loaded with tragacanth gum

Roberta Teixeira Polez, Maria Morits, Christopher Jonkergouw, Josphat Phiri, Juan José Valle-Delgado, Jukka Seppälä, Markus B. Linder, Thaddeus Maloney, Orlando Rojas Gaona, Monika Österberg 2022 International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Self-assembly of silk-like protein into nanoscale bicontinuous networks under phase separation conditions

Piotr Batys, Dmitrii Fedorov, Pezhman Mohammadi, Laura Lemetti, Markus B. Linder, Maria Sammalkorpi 2021 Biomacromolecules