Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Our research is focused on molecular biology and functional genomics  of non-pathogenic   (dairy starters, probiotic lactobacilli, propionibacteria) and pathogenic bacteria (streptococci, staphylococci) that are adapted to food-environment.

We exploit gene and omics-level approaches combined with microbiological and biochemical analyses to study cell-physiology in beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in diverse food systems and materials. The ultimate goal of these research projects is to provide novel information to gain maximal benefit of beneficial bacteria as well as to combat pathogens in foods.

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


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Kirsi Savijoki

Person: U3 Research and teaching staff, UH

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Projects 2004 2023

Publications 1994 2019

Open Access

Evaluation of quorum sensing inhibitory activity of bis-primaquine derivatives

Pavić, K., Patel, J., Savijoki, K., Fallarero, A., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Rajić, Z. & Zorc, B., 4 Apr 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsPoster

Growth Mode and Carbon Source Impact the Surfaceome Dynamics of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG

Savijoki, K., Nyman, T. A., Kainulainen, V., Miettinen, I., Siljamäki, P., Fallarero, A., Sandholm, J., Satokari, R. & Varmanen, P., 5 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 17 p., 1272.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Quinoline fumardiamides as novel quorum sensing inhibitors

Rajić, Z., Patel, J., Savijoki, K., Fallarero, A., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Beus, M. & Zorc, B., 19 Jun 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsPoster

Activities 1994 2019

Journal of Microbiological Methods (Journal)

Kirsi Savijoki (Reviewer)
2019 → …

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

PhD thesis supervision, DVM Katja Hautala

Kirsi Savijoki (Co-supervisor)
1 Aug 2018 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Review of PhD-thesis

Pekka Varmanen (Pre-examiner)

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

PhD thesis supervision, MSc Shella Gilbert-Girard

Kirsi Savijoki (Co-supervisor)
12 Sep 2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

12th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria

Pekka Varmanen (Poster Presentation)
27 Aug 201731 Aug 2017

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