University Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
Dr Marko Hyvönen is a University Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He leads the Hyvönen Research Group. His research aims to understand how cells in humans communicate with each other, how signals are transmitted from one cell to anotherm and how cells interpret these signals at atomic level detail. Many disease states are affects by errors in communication between and within cells, and he hopes to elucidate these details in order to understand how complex organisms work and what causes these diseases. Using this information the group aims to develop novel drugs that will act against these signalling molecules and correct the problems associated with them.
They are interested in understanding how various signalling proteins interact with other signalling molecules. They use biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques to study these molecules, and try to understand how their interactions are regulated and how to manipulate these interactions in vivo and in vitro.