Valokuva Merja Hannele Kontro
  • Niemenkatu 73



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki


  • Viikinkaari 5, Biocenter 2

    00790 Helsinki


1988 …2024

Tutkimustuotoksia vuodessa

Henkilökohtainen profiili

Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

Research in my group, and teaching at the University of Helsinki, is related to Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Environmental Chemistry and Technology in an Urbanized World, including remediation of persistent compounds in the environment; and various aspects of material recycling (circular economy) to discover new valuable processing methods and products.

The aim in the remediation research is to elucidate the relationships between microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and physicochemical properties in the environment, and to use the data obtained in enhancing natural pesticide dissipation. The research focuses on pesticides in groundwater in Finland, including triazines atratzine, simazine, terbutryn, terbutylazine, hexazinone, and their degradation products, as well as dichlobenil and its degradation product 2,6-dichlorobezamide (BAM). The most promising approaches in enhancing pesticide dissipation using organic matter and its fractions are being extended to improve the dissipation of chlorinated hydrocarbons and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). The acknowledged funding sources are Maj and Tor Nessling foundation, and Kolli foundation.

The research in circular economy focuses on novel circular economy products, process development, and safety issues. Molecular methods (real-time PCR, pyrosequencing/metagenomics, enzymology, lipids) combined with traditional approaches (organic matter, elements, physicochemical conditions), and recyclable materials are used as tools to discover novel approaches in material recycling issues. The current research in this field is related to molecular detection of hospital bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in waste treatment, and bioactive molecules isolated from waste to disrupt biofilms formed by hospital bacteria, the Academy of Finland BioFuture program, and Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry being acknowledged as a funding sources.

In the European Regional Development Fund project BIOKIERTO 8/2019 – 8/2022, a process is being developed to convert organic material from waste into polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), which can be used as a raw material for biodegradable/compostable plastic.



The courses to be taught in 2020-23 are:

ENV-392 Bio- and Environmental Technology in Urban Context

ECGS-046 Advanced Course in Bio- and Environmental Technology

ECGS-045 Laboratory Course in Environmental Biotechnology and Chemistry

ECGS-078 Challenge Course



  • 1172 Ympäristötiede
  • 219 Ympäristön bioteknologia
  • 218 Ympäristötekniikka
  • 1183 Kasvibiologia, mikrobiologia, virologia
  • 1182 Biokemia, solu- ja molekyylibiologia
  • 416 Elintarviketieteet
  • 116 Kemia

Kansainvälinen ja kotimainen yhteistyö

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