Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for plants, animals and humans.

The Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology covers the entire field of microbiology, i.e., bacteria, archaea, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses in any environment where microbes can be found. In addition to basic research in microbiology, it includes applied microbiology which is reflected by including microbiologically relevant biotechnology in the program.

Focus area of the program include:

  • environmental microbiology
  • microbial biotechnology
  • genetics and genomics of microbes
  • food microbiology
  • human and animal microbiota
  • microbe evolution
  • microbe-host interactions
  • infection microbiology
  • virology

The researcher community formed around the program is nationally the most significant unit in its field and the only one in Finland in several sub-fields.

The Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry has main responsibility for the programme.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Projects 2016 2022

Publications 2006 2019

Antibacterial polymer fibres by rosin compounding and melt-spinning

Kanerva, M., Puolakka, A., Takala, T. M., Elert, A. M., Mylläri, V., Jönkkäri, I., Sarlin, E., Seitsonen, J., Ruokolainen, J., Saris, P. & Vuorinen, J., 8 May 2019, In : Materials Today Communications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Antibiotic resistance in European wastewater treatment plants mirrors the pattern of clinical antibiotic resistance prevalence

Parnanen, K. M. M., Narciso-da-Rocha, C., Kneis, D., Berendonk, T. U., Cacace, D., Thi Thuy Do, Elpers, C., Fatta-Kassinos, D., Henriques, I., Jaeger, T., Karkman, A., Luis Martinez, J., Michael, S. G., Michael-Kordatou, I., O'Sullivan, K., Rodriguez-Mozaz, S., Schwartz, T., Sheng, H., Sorum, H., Stedtfeld, R. D. & 6 othersTiedje, J. M., Varela Della Giustina, S., Walsh, F., Vaz-Moreira, I., Virta, M. & Manaia, C. M., Mar 2019, In : Science Advances. 5, 3, 10 p., 9124.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Draft genome sequences of three monokaryotic isolates of the white-rot basidiomycete fungus Dichomitus squalens

Casado López, S., Peng, M., Daly, P., Andreopoulos, B., Pangilinan, J., Lipzen, A., Riley, R., Ahrendt, S., Ng, V., Barry, K., Daum, C., Grigoriev, I. V., Hilden, S. K., Mäkelä, M. R. & de Vries, R. P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Microbiology Resource Announcements.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fecal pollution can explain antibiotic resistance gene abundances in anthropogenically impacted environments

Karkman, A., Parnanen, K. & Larsson, D. G. J., 8 Jan 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 8 p., 80.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Identification and structural analysis of cereal arabinoxylan-derived oligosaccharides by negative ionization HILIC-MS/MS

Juvonen, M. K., Kotiranta, M., Jokela, J. K., Tuomainen, P. & Tenkanen, T. M., 2019, In : Food Chemistry. 275, p. 176-185 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2011 2019

Statement for the promotion to docent, Chalmers University of Technology

Maija Tenkanen (Participant)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Marko Virta (Invited speaker)
23 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

JPI Water Scientific and Technological Board (External organisation)

Marko Virta (Board member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Opponent of doctoral dissertation

Kristiina Hilden (Opponent)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

HiLIFE Symposium: Exploring Cellular Complexity by Cryo-EM

Juha Huiskonen (Chair)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars