Our research group has been a pioneer in assessing the ecology and epidemiology of campylobacter infections in Finland by applying modern molecular typing methods (PFGE, MLST, wgMLST). We have analyzed the subtypes circulating among chicken slaughter batches, waterborne sources and human patients and evaluated the associated zoonosis risk. Furthermore we have deciphered the genetic characteristics of a highly virulent lineage (ST-677 CC) by using comparative genomics. Our recent research activities have focused on the prevalence, diversity and antibiotic resistance of Campylobacter jejuni in wild and game birds in Finland, and the effect of raw feed on the prevalence of C. jejuni in dogs. Our latest research is focused on deciphering the campylobacter population in wild rodents in Finland.
DVM Mirko Rossi, docent, associate professor
PhD Rauni Kivistö, docent, university lecturer
PhD Ann-Katrin Llarena, postdoctoral researcher
MSc Sara Kovanen, postdoctoral researcher
DVM Marja-Liisa Hänninen, professor emerita