Lumi Viljakainen

PhD, Docent

University Lecturer, Director of the Degree Program and Master’s Program in Biology and the International Master’s Program ECOGEN


I am an evolutionary geneticist studying the effect of sociality on the evolution of immune defences using ants as a model system. 

Research interests

  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Population genetics
  • Social insects
  • Insect immune defenses


  • 757313A Basics in Population Genetics, responsible teacher
  • 757314A Basics of Bioinformatics, responsible teacher
  • 750678S Master of Science seminar, responsible teacher
  • 757110P Experimental course in general genetics, responsible teacher
  • 757311A Molecular methods I, responsible teacher 
  • 757109P Concepts of Genetics
  • 750376A Bachelor of Science seminar