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Description of research and teaching

I'm a Bioinformatician / Biostatistician at the Department of Neurology of the Helsinki University Hospital, and I'm concurrently located as a Visiting Scholar at the DNA Sequencing and Genomics Laboratory of the Institute of Biotechnology (University of Helsinki), where I originally made my PhD in Genetics (with a focus on Bioinformatics and Statistics). I'm currently working with shotgun metagenomics and other 'omics data in a medical context.

I have wide-ranging interests. When possible, I like to approach research from a multidisciplinary perspective. My background in Geology (Environmental Geology, Geotechnics, Engineering Geology, Land Use Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Geological Risk Assessment, Coastal Processes) and Biology (Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microbial Ecology), as well as experience with a wide range of techniques and methods in wet-lab and data analysis, puts me in a unique position to tackle a wide variety of multidisciplinary research topics.

So far, my main research focus has been on the human microbiome in health & disease, for which I now do mostly statistical data analysis. I did my PhD thesis on the human microbiome in Parkinson's Disease and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, but I'm involved in several other biomedical projects as well. I've worked with the skin, oral, nasal, gut, and bile microbiomes in the context of various diseases and medical conditions. An entire project pipeline, from DNA/RNA isolation, DNA/RNA library creation, and DNA/RNA sequencing, to bioinformatic processing of the raw sequence data and data analysis is completely done in-house at our lab, allowing us to fully control the project pipeline from beginning to end.

Education information

Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Helsinki, 2017

M.Sc. in Geology, University of Lisbon, 2005

Education/Academic qualification

Genetics, Ph.D., The Human Microbiome in Parkinson's Disease and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 22 Sept 2017

Geology, M.Sc., University of Lisbon

Award Date: 10 Jan 2005

External positions

Bioinformatician, Helsinki University Hospital

1 Jan 2018 → …

Fields of Science

  • 3111 Biomedicine
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Human Microbiome
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
  • Microbiology
  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
  • Metagenomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Computational biology