Senior researchers

MEB senior researchers

Kaisa Haukka

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.