MEB senior researchers
Department of Food and Environmental Sciences
PO BOX 56 (Viikinkaari 9)
FI-00014, University of Helsinki
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.