• PL 56 (Viikinkaari 9)



  • Viikinkaari 5, Biocenter 2

    00790 Helsinki


1987 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

My research

I am interested in the basic mechanisms involved when bacteria infect the human host. My research group studies, at the molecular level, the function of bacterial surface proteins and protein appendages involved in infectious processes as well as bacteria-host interactions. A special focus is on pathogens causing recurrent urinary tract infections and newborn meningitis as well as on health-promoting lactic acid bacteria. We also apply bacterial proteins and protein complexes biotechnologically for medical or diagnostic purposes.

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Education information


MSc, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1986

PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1991

Adjunct professor (Title of Docent) in Molecular microbiology, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1993


External positions

R&D Microbiologist, Orion Diagnostica Oy

1 Aug 200031 Jul 2001

Fields of Science

  • 11832 Microbiology and virology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
  • 318 Medical biotechnology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.