• PL 56 (Viikinkaari 9)



  • Viikinkaari 9, Biocenter 1

    00790 Helsinki


  • Finland

1993 …2024

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am the principal investigator in the Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group, which studies plant biomass modifying enzymes from asco- and basidiomycete fungi. The research focuses on various aspects of fungal molecular biology and enzymology. Lignocellulose, particularly lignin, degradation has been the long-term interest at the Department of Microbiology. Our research has provided strong international contribution in the field of fungal and enzymatic degradation of lignin and lignocellulose.

Our most recent projects focus on the aromatic metabolism of basidiomycete fungi and enzymatic valorization of lignin. The project Aromafung aims to detail understanding of aromatic metabolism in lignin-degrading basidiomycete fungi. EU-funded project FALCON aims to convert lignin-rich industrial waste of 2G biofuel plants to higher value products, in particular shipping fuels, fuel additives and chemical building blocks.

The long-term research interest is functional genomics of plant biomass degrading fungi from various biotopes. Our on-going studies include different and complementary points of view: i) Genome mining and characterization of novel plant biomass modifying activities and fungal carbon metabolism, ii) Elucidating the difference in plant biomass strategies between ascomycetes and basidiomycetes and iii) Heterologous production of novel catalysts for lignin valorisation.

My teaching activities as a senior university lecturer in microbiology consist of lectures and laboratory courses in microbiology, biotechnology and mycology. I also supervise bachelor, master and doctoral theses as well as students in their master studies.

Education information

PhD, Docent in microbial biotechnology

Fields of Science

  • 11832 Microbiology and virology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Mycology
  • Gene expression
  • recombinant protein production
  • Transcriptomics
  • Proteomics
  • applied microbiology
  • Lignin
  • Lignocellulose biodegradation

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.