Department of Bacteriology and Immunology
The Department of Bacteriology and Immunology studies microbes, innate and adaptive immunity, as well as host-microbe interactions. The knowledge gained is used to determine the pathogenesis of diseases and develop innovative immunological and microbiological diagnostic tools.
Education

In basic education, the focus is on bacteria, fungi and parasites infectious to humans and the drugs used for treating the diseases caused by them. Immunology studies the functions, mechanisms and significance of human defence systems in various disease conditions. Additionally, vaccinations and the principles underlying novel immunological treatments are introduced to students. During the final course, the pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment basics of the most significant infectious and immunological diseases are studied.

The research groups working at the Department provide students with opportunities to complete advanced studies in their own research areas. Advanced studies can be completed, for example, as separate research projects, or by familiarising oneself with an important subject in a creative manner and writing a related review.

The Department organises specialist training in clinical microbiology, most of which is, in practice, completed at HUSLAB laboratories.

Research

The main research areas in bacteriology and immunology are

  • Immunological identification mechanisms and their defects
  • The pathogenesis and diagnostics of autoimmune disease
  • Microbe-host interactions, microbial virulence mechanisms, bacteriophages
  • The utilisation of genome sequencing (genomics, proteomics, systems biology, function studies)
  • Pathogenetic mechanisms of infectious diseases, the significance of inflammations in systemic diseases
  • Novel infectious threats
  • The microbiome
  • Immunotoxicology and allergies
  • Microbial diagnostics
  • The development of new treatment methods and study of vaccination opportunities

Publications

 

Contact details

Head of de­part­ment

professor Seppo Meri
seppo.meri@helsinki.fi
PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

Ad­dress

PO BOX 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki