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Merja Rantala


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Curriculum vitae

Clinical advisor (clinical microbiology). Research projects: clinical microbiology and multiresistant animal pathogens such as MRSA, MRSP and ESBL as well as their epidemiology; antimicrobial use, clinical diagnostics (infectious diseases). Other interests: hospital hygienie, prevention and control of hospital outbreaks 

Fields of Science

  • 413 Veterinary science
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology

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


Streptococcus halichoeri: Comparative Genomics of an Emerging Pathogen

Aaltonen, K., Kant, R., Eklund, M., Raunio-Saarnisto, M., Paulin, L., Vapalahti, O., Grönthal, T., Rantala, M. & Sironen, T., 18 Feb 2020, In : International journal of genomics. 2020, 9 p., 8708305.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Description of two Serratia marcescens associated mastitis outbreaks in Finnish dairy farms and a review of literature

Friman, M. J., Eklund, M. H., Pitkälä, A. H., Rajala-Schultz, P. J. & Rantala, M. H. J., 14 Nov 2019, In : Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica. 61, 1, 11 p., 54.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

FINRES-Vet 2018: Finnish Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Consumption of Antimicrobial Agents

Nykäsenoja, S., Olkkola, S., Pohjanvirta, T., Biström, M., Kaartinen, L., Helin-Soilevaara, H., Aarnio, M., Raunio-Saarnisto, M., Kivilahti-Mäntylä, K., Nevalainen, M., Grönthal, T., Eskola, K. & Rantala, M., 19 Nov 2019, Helsinki: Finnish Food Authority. 42 p. (Finnish Food Authority publications ; no. 6/2019)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access

Genetic resistance determinants to fusidic acid and chlorhexidine in variably susceptible staphylococci from dogs

Frosini, S-M., Bond, R., Rantala, M. H. J., Grönthal, T. S. C., Rankin, S., O'Shea, K., Timofte, D., Schmidt, V., Lindsay, J. & Loeffler, A., 25 Apr 2019, In : BMC Microbiology. 19, 10 p., 81.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Skin and ear health in a group of English bulldogs in Finland - a descriptive study with special reference to owner perceptions

Seppänen, R., Kaimio, M., Schildt, K. J. M., Lilja-Maula, L., Hyytiäinen, H., Mölsä, S., Morelius, M., Rajamäki, M., Lappalainen, A. & Rantala, M., Aug 2019, In : Veterinary Dermatology. 30, 4, p. 307-+ 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Vuoden eläinlääkäri, 2017

Merja Rantala (Recipient), 16 May 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards


Bettina Nonnemann: Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry: new applications in veterinary science

Merja Rantala (Pre-examiner), Lars Jelsbak (Pre-examiner), Peter Damborg (Pre-examiner), Karl Pedersen (Supervisor), Karl Pedersen (Supervisor), Mette Sif Hansen (Supervisor), Kerstin Skovgaard (Other role (describe in more detail in "Relation description, notes" field))
27 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Antibioottiresistenssi-ilta 2019

Merja Rantala (Speaker: Keynote), Marko Virta (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Salla Sariola (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Mari Kanerva (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Sirja Viitamäki (Chair), Jesse Vänttinen (Speaker: Presenter), Minna Maunula (Chair of organizing committee), Anniina Sarekoski (Member of organizing committee)
15 Nov 2019

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

Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in Finland / Thomas Grönthal

Merja Rantala (Supervisor), Heli Piiparinen (Supervisor), Satu Marja Sankari (Director)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis