Areas of expertise
I am married and have two children.
I teach several initial level Biochemistry courses at the University of Turku; BKEM5030 Cell and Biomolecules - Theory, BKEM5010 Microbiology - Theory, BKEM5011 Microbiology - Practice and part of BKEM5160 Cell and Energy - Theory and BKEM5161 Cell and Energy - Practice.
I also teach the course BJ01A1060 Basic Biochemistry at the Lappeenranta University of Technology.
I started work with antibiotic biosynthesis in 1985, when I worked
for the Finnish pharmaceutical company Leiras, and have continued it
since, except for 1995-1998, when I worked in a project concerning
high-throughput screening methods for peptide receptor agonists.
My Ph. D. thesis in 1995 was about "Hybrid Anthracycline Antibiotics: Analysis and Application of Rhodomycin Biosynthetic Genes from Streptomyces purpurascens".
My research has concerned the biosynthesis of antibiotics by Streptomyces, its molecular biology, enzymology and structural biology. I continue to participate in the research of the "Antibiotic biosynthesis engineering" group http://abelab.utu.fi/