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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Honors and awards

Leading edge-lecturer

Award or honor granted for academic 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

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

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 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

Nanocellulose : Recent Fundamental Advances and Emerging Biological and Biomimicking Applications

Katja Heise, Eero Kontturi, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Tekla Tammelin, Markus B. Linder, Olli Ikkala 2021 Advanced Materials

Interfacial crystallization and supramolecular self-assembly of spider silk inspired protein at the water-air interface

Pezhman Mohammadi, Fabian Zemke, Wolfgang Wagermaier, Markus B. Linder 2021 Materials

Effect of oxidation on cellulose and water structure : a molecular dynamics simulation study

Sathish Kumar Mudedla, Maisa Vuorte, Elias Veijola, Kaisa Marjamaa, Anu Koivula, Markus B. Linder, Suvi Arola, Maria Sammalkorpi 2021 Cellulose

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

Analyzing the weak dimerization of a cellulose binding module by analytical ultracentrifugation

Dmitrii Fedorov, Piotr Batys, David B. Hayes, Maria Sammalkorpi, Markus B. Linder 2020 International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Modulating the Mechanical Performance of Macroscale Fibers through Shear-Induced Alignment and Assembly of Protein Nanofibrils

Ayaka Kamada, Aviad Levin, Zenon Toprakcioglu, Yi Shen, Viviane Lutz-Bueno, Kevin N. Baumann, Pezhman Mohammadi, Markus B. Linder, Raffaele Mezzenga, Tuomas P.J. Knowles 2020 Small