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.



Cascading carbon flow in managed forested catchments (CASCAS)

Pumpanen, J., Ojala, A., Palviainen, M., Peltomaa, E., Laurén, A., Berninger, F., Tuittila, E., Biasi, C., Laudon, H., Maher Hasselquist, E., Ostonen, I. & Nieminen, M.


Project: Research project

BIOSYKLI: BIOSYKLI - Circular Bioeconomy in Päijät-Häme Region

Kontro, M. H., Vanhamäki, S., Uusitalo, V., Selin, J., Vehviläinen, J. & Taitto, V.


Project: Research project

Reducing the effects of forest management to inland waters (REFORMWATER)

Pumpanen, J., Ojala, A., Palviainen, M., Laurén, A., Peltomaa, E., Berninger, F., Saarela, T., Tuittila, E., Koster, K., Laudon, H., Maher Hasselquist, E., Ostonen, I., Renou-Wilson, F. & Nieminen, M.


Project: Research project


Dereplication of natural products with antimicrobial and anticancer activity from Brazilian cyanobacteria.

Shishido, T. K., Vicentini Popin, R., Jokela, J., Wahlsten, M., Fiore, M. F., Fewer, D., Herfindal, L. & Sivonen, K., Jan 2020, In : Toxins. 12, 12, 17 p., 2020, 12, 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

From Microbial Genomics to Metagenomics

Kant, R., Kumar, A. & Sironen, T., 2020, In : International journal of genomics.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Growth Response of Cassava to Deficit Irrigation and Potassium Fertigation During the Early Growth Phase

Wasonga, D., Kleemola, J., Alakukku, L. & Mäkelä, P., 26 Feb 2020, In : Agronomy. 10, 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli in children: incidence, risk factors, and clinical outcome

Ylinen, E., Salmenlinna, S., Halkilahti, J., Jahnukainen, T., Korhonen, L., Virkkala, T., Rimhanen-Finne, R., Nuutinen, M., Kataja, J., Arikoski, P., Linkosalo, L., Bai, X., Matussek, A., Jalanko, H. & Saxén, H., 22 Apr 2020, In : Pediatric Nephrology. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

In situ analysis of liposome hard and soft protein corona structure and composition in a single label-free workflow

Kari, O. K., Ndika, J., Parkkila, P., Louna, A., Lajunen, T., Puustinen, A., Viitala, T., Alenius, H. & Urtti, A., 21 Jan 2020, In : Nanoscale. 12, 3, p. 1728-1741 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation and virus applications

Katri Eskelin (Speaker)
24 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Hemholtz centre for environmental research (External organisation)

Kaarina Sivonen (Board member)
7 Jan 2020

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

13th Finnish Gut Day

Mikael Niku (Attendee)
23 Jan 2020

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

Geophysical Research Letters (Journal)

Anne Ojala (Reviewer)
30 Nov 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Federation of European Biochemical Societies - Advanced Courses Committee (External organisation)

Kristiina Mäkinen (Board member)

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


Alfred Kordelin Prize

Sarah Butcher (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Ei pisaraakaan hukkaan

Martin Romantschuk


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

HY:n tiedote tutkimuksesta

Mikael Niku


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Miten pestä pyykki puhtaaksi ja samalla ekologisesti?

Per Saris


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Antibiooteille korvaajia

Per Saris


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media