Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department houses ten research groups, the focus of which are food hygiene, environmental hygiene, toxicology, and monitoring of environmental health care. In addition, research is conducted in meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene.

Monitoring research complements well the research of molecular biology. Together they provide a strong area of expertise in food and environmental hygiene.

The research is closely connected to the practical problems arising in food safety. The foundation of high-quality research is up-to-date research methods, a focus area for competence in researcher education. One important focus area of the department is research in functional genomics, which enables, for example, recognition of genes responsible for the cold tolerance of bacteria.


Top research

Research conducted at the department is regularly evaluated by international committees. In the latest evaluation in 2012, the department received outstanding scores of 24/25. During the previous evaluations committee particularly commended the department on the management of research, researcher education program, and industry connections.

Research groups led by professor Johanna Björkroth, Marja-Liisa Hänninen, and Hannu Korkeala were a part of the Academy of Finland designated Centre of Excellence in Microbial Food Safety Research from 2008 to 2013. Professor Raimo Pohjanvirta's research group was a part of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Health Risk Analysis of the National Public Health Institute from 2002 to 2007.

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

Projects 2003 2020

Publications 1997 2019

Compliance in own-check systems poses challenges in small-scale slaughterhouses

Törmä, K., Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M. & Lunden, J., Jan 2019, In : Food Control. 95, p. 27-33 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Microbial contamination of moose (Alces alces) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) carcasses harvested by hunters

Sauvala, M., Laaksonen, S., Laukkanen-Ninios, R., Jalava, K., Stephan, R. & Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M., Apr 2019, In : Food Microbiology. 78, p. 82-88 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A primer on microbial bioinformatics for nonbioinformaticians

Carrico, J. A., Rossi, M., Moran-Gilad, J., Van Domselaar, G. & Ramirez, M., Apr 2018, In : Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 24, 4, p. 342-349 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 1986 2018

Pedagoginen johtaminen ja yliopisto-opetuksen kehittäminen 5 op (PED523, YA 3)

Riikka Keto-Timonen (Attendee)
17 Jan 201813 Apr 2018

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

Applied Microbiology (Journal)

Riikka Keto-Timonen (Reviewer)
Apr 2018

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

Viikin monivalintatyöpaja

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
19 Sep 2018

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

Moodlen tentit -koulutus

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
23 Oct 2018

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

Eläinlääkärihygieenikkojen yhdistyksen EHY ry:n koulutuspäivät 2018

Rauni Kivistö (Attendee)
19 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

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

Press / Media

Research of meat spoilage

Laura Elina Jääskeläinen

26/05/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview: This is spoiled!

Katri Johanna Björkroth

14/04/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Hyvä paha botuliini: [Good bad botulinum]

Miia Kristiina Lindström

05/06/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media