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Jukka
Hytönen
Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
MD, PhD

Contact

+358 29 450 4544
+358 50 509 5430
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

Lyme borreliosis
Lyme disease

Biography

High school graduation 1987,  Licentiate of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland 1996,  Doctor of Medical Sciences (MD, PhD), University of Turku 2003,  Specialist in Clinical Microbiology 2007, Docent in Medical Microbiology, University of Turku 2011,  Special Competence in Medical Education 2015.

Various research and teaching positions, University of Turku 1996–2012

Academy Research Fellow, University of Turku 2012-2017

Associate professor of bacteriology (tenure track), University of Turku 1.9.2017-31.8.2022

Teaching

Bacteriology; Infectious diseases laboratory diagnostics; Lyme borreliosis; Vector-borne infections; Tick-borne infections

Research

My research focuses on Lyme borreliosis (LB) and other tick borne infections and addresses the following questions: Prevalence of ticks and epidemiology of LB and other borrelioses in Finland. Susceptibility of humans to disseminated LB. Pathogenesis of LB including dissemination of LB to the different target organs, the role of borrelia adhesins in this process, and the molecular mechanisms of tissue tropism of borrelia. Molecular and cellular events in the pathogenesis of Lyme neuroborreliosis. Development of novel diagnostic tools for LB, including identification of novel biomarkers using metabolomics. Development of PET/CT imaging of LB.

Publications

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Borrelia afzelii alters reproductive success in a rodent host (2018)

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Claire Cayol, Anna Giermek, Andrea Gomez-Chamorro, Jukka Hytönen, Eva Riikka Kallio, Tapio Mappes, Jemiina Salo, Maarten Jeroen Voordouw, Esa Koskela
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)