Senior researchers

Senior Researcher


Department of Food and Environmental Sciences

PO BOX 56 (Viikinkaari 9)

FI-00014, University of Helsinki



Phone: +358-2941-59295




I’m a dynamic, innovative and energetic expert with over 20 years of research and supervising experience in molecular biology, microbial ecology and microbiology. I had my PhD in microbiology 2002 by the University of Helsinki. In my PhD thesis I characterized toxic cyanobacteria causing health effects to humans and animals. I have always wanted to know how nature works. The research I prefer answers different scientific questions and at the same time improves the welfare of the environment and humans. I have been involved in multidisciplinary research subjects such as the Baltic Sea’s biological eutrophication.

Currently I’m working on antibiotic resistance in animal husbandry and agricultural ecosystems in Marko Virta’s research group. I think that these studies, and those aimed to reveal the secrets of bacteria impacting human health in the future help society to mitigate microbiological environmental problems such as eutrophication of water bodies, climate change and also adverse human health effects caused by micro-organisms.

PhD, Docent in Microbiology 

Department of Microbiology 

P.O. Box 56 (Viikinkaari 9) 

00014 University of Helsinki 



I have a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Helsinki (1997). During my early career I worked on different environmental microbiology topics in Finland, the USA and England. Working at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (2005-2011) I gained expertise in food-poisoning bacteria occurring in humans, animal foodstuffs and the general environment. At the University I have worked as a lecturer in both classroom and laboratory settings and supervised degree students. Lately I have acquired business skills through working in our two microbiology consultancy companies. 

Currently I work as a senior scientist and project coordinator in the Academy of Finland funded developing research project AMRIWA (2018-2021). It is a collaborative project between the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry and Medicine in Helsinki and the Faculty of Sociology in Turku as well as the partners in Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin. In the project we will follow the occurrence and evolution of antimicrobial resistance genes in environment, animals and humans in West Africa, where I have many long-standing collaborative links. Building the research capacity together with the local scientists, we aspire to involve the African researchers as equal partners in the global scientific community.