Media and news

Anneli finished her PhD

Our group member Anneli successfully defended her PhD "Unveiling the characteristics of cancer-testis antigen MAGEA10”. Congratulations, dr.Samel!


Kristiina participated in the Estonian Science in Three minutes final

Our group member Kristiina participated in the Estonian finals of the 'Science in three minutes' (Teadus kolme minutiga) finals! Watch her speech by clicking on the photo (NB! Be sure to turn on English subtitles!)

Group leader prof.Reet Kurg was re-elected as Director

Our group leader, prof. Reet Kurg, was re-elected as the Director of Institute of Technology for another 3 years!

Startup grant from the Estonian Research Council

Our researcher Margit Mutso received the startup grant from the Estonian Research Council (ETAG) for the project titled "Deciphering the Role of N6AMT1 in Tumorigenesis and Other Pathologies". The research aims to investigate the N6AMT1 role and mechanism in cell cycle regulation, N6AMT1 interactions with cell cytoskeleton and describe the mechanism how N6AMT1 is involved in tumour progression and other diseases connected to N6AMT1. Congratulations, Margit!

Plant EV Technologies top 3 at Delta X 2023

Our PhD student Kristiina introduced our new Plant EV business idea, Plant EV Technologies, at Delta X and got into top3 in the business models category. more info here

Baiba wrote an article for Universitas Tartuensis

Our PhD student Baiba wrote an article about her work in November 2023 University of Tartu journal Universitas Tartuensis! You can read it here:

Novaator article about 3 minute lecture competition

In September our group member Kristiina took part in the 3 minute lecture competition for PhD students. A month later the Estonian science portal, Novaator, wrote an article about her topic! The lecture video is in Estonian, hopefully subtitles will be added soon, but the text in the article matches the speech and can be translated to English with all translation softwares.

1st MOVE Symposium in Malaga

Prof.Reet Kurg and our group member Kristiina spent 4 days at the 1st MOVE Symposium in Malaga, Spain learning about extracellular vesicles!

Prof. Reet Kurg opened an event

Our group leader prof.Reet Kurg opened the "Women leading industry and technology" conference at Delta! You can listen to the event here or by clicking on the picture!

Congratulations to Baiba for winning 3rd place!

Baiba achieved 3rd place in the PhD students' 3-minute lecture competition with the lecture titled "TRMT112 – the mysterious link between different diseases"! You can watch it here ( or by clicking on the picture!

Pst. Our group member Kristiina also participated, you can se her lecture here:

A wonderful 2023 autumn season beginning event

We had a wonderful canoe barge trip at Taevaskoja to open the autumn 2023 season! You can watch a minivideo about it by following this link ( or by clicking on the picture!

lõpetajad 2023

Congratulations to our this year's graduates!

Congratulations to Evgeniia, who did her MSc at our group, and Aleksandra and Lisbeth, who did their BSc in our group, for successfully defending their theses!


Kristiina won co-1st place at PhD students conference

Congratulations to our PhD student Kristiina who was one of three 1st place winners at University of Tartu Institute of Technology PhD students conference with her talk about melanoma diagnostics. Also a big congratulations to her co-1st place winners Ugochi and Houman.

University of Tartu Feasibility fund grant

Prof. Reet Kurg was awarded University of Tartu Feasibility fund grant for her project "Development of purification platform for plant-derived extracellular vesicles". The aim of the project is the development of a platform for the purification of plant extracellular vesicles from Estonian raw materials; to find the best purification method for different plants and vegetables; and to compare the yields and purity as well as chemical, physical and biological stability under different storage conditions. The target groups for this project are companies engaged in drug development and research labs involved in applied sciences. Image by dr. Olavi Reinsalu

Presentation at Institute of Technology Conference 2023

Our PhD student Baiba Brumele gave a presentation "Regulation of cell cycle by methyltransferase N6AMT1" at the Institute of Technology Conference 2023 held in Pärnu, Estonia Resort Hotel and Spa at 19.-20.01.2023


Prof.Reet Kurg was awarded the University of Tartu medal

The University of Tartu medal is awarded to members of the University of Tartu for long-term substantial contribution to the development of the university.


Talks at BSEV and COMBIVET joint conference

Reet and Olavi gave talks at the Baltic extracellular vesicle society (BSEV) and ERA Chair of Comparative Medicine under the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (COMBIVET) joint conference on extracellular vesicles. Reet talked about blood-derived EVs as a source of biomarkers while Olavi presented his work about cancer-testis antigen MAGE-A4 carrying EVs. More info about COMBIVET can be found at their website


Kristiina won 2nd place with her poster

Congratulations to our PhD student Kristiina who won second place with her poster about melanoma patient extracellular vesicles at the international conference XVI Baltic Congress in Laboratory medicine in Tallinn, Estonia


Olavi Reinsalu defended his PhD!

Congratulations to our PhD student Olavi, who successfully defended his PhD titled „Cancer-testis antigen MAGE-A4 is incorporated into extracellular vesicles and is exposed to the surface“. Read more about the thesis:


Baiba Brumele won 1st place at PhD students conference

Congratulations to our PhD student Baiba who won 1st place at University of Tartu Institute of Technology PhD students conference with her talk about RNA methyltransferases!

R.Kurg inauguratsioon

Prof. Reet Kurg inauguration lecture

Prof. Reet Kurg had her inauguration lecture on 17th February 2022. The whole lecture can be viewed in full by clicking on the poster. NB! The lecture is in Estonian!

Institute of Technology 20th anniversary conference

On the 17th of August 21, Institute of Technology celebrated its 20th anniversary with an anniversary conference titled "Through science towards technology". Our very own team leader prof.Reet Kurg opened the event as the current director of the institute. The whole event was in Estonian and can be watched at UT Institute of Technology home page (click on the poster to get there!).

Bachelor and Master graduates 2020/2021

During this school year, we had a record of four (4!) Bachelor students who successfully defended their thesis and one Masters student as well. We wish the best to all our graduates and we will be welcoming our Masters thesis defender Baiba as our new PhD student in September 2021! For info about all our graduates, be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts where each of them got a dedicated post.


We have good news! Starting from 1st of February 2021, dr.Reet Kurg has officially started in her new role as the professor of Molecular Biomedicine. Our group also has a new member, MSc Fred Väärtnõu, who has joined us as a specialist.


PhD student Kristiina Kurg published a popular science article in the Estonia Magazine Kodutohter. She writes about her PhD topic, melanoma diagnostics, to a wider audience to draw attention to what are the the new ways we could diagnose skin cancer from just blood.


Reet Kurg was elected a Professor of Molecular Biomedicine. She will start in her new position in February 2021.


Tartu University Institute of Technology is bridging science and technology. We are one of the most 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 institutions in the University of Tartu. Therefore, we are 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 laying the foundation to innovative solutions and technology. View the introductory video to hear team leader Reet Kurg talking about all of this in depth!


This video was created by PhD student Kristiina Kurg to promote her PhD project about skin cancer diagnostics. Read more about it from a Research in Estonia article created for the same project by clicking on the button below.


The book, One hundred faces of the University of Tartu, is based on the photo exhibition “Get ready! One hundred faces of the University of Tartu”, which was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Estonian national university. In 2017, one of the best known portrait photographers in Estonia, Birgit Püve took photos of one hundred outstanding researchers and professors of the university with an object reflecting their work. Team leader Reet Kurg was chosen to represent Tartu University Institute of Technology.