Areas of expertise
Cell biologist interested in intra-cellular events on infection, immunological responses (innate and adaptive), effect of host genetics in infectious diseases, and viruses' counteractions on these - including emerging pathogens, virus surveillance and diagnostics. I am a Biosafety Officer at the Institute of Biomedicine and my responsibilities are to coordinate, supervise and educate laboratory work with infectious pathogens (viruses and bacteria) and to supervise the handling of hazardous waste. I am also a researcher and I teach on university courses, supervise MSc and PhD students, and conduct independent research.
I have taken the course on Medical pedagogics (University of Turku, 10 credits). I am co-supervising MSc and PhD students, and am a member of thesis committees for PhD students. I have given lectures and taught on laboratory courses at the university level.
My research interests are on virus-host interactions, how viruses interfere with immune responses, and could these events be utilized in vaccine, antiviral drug or diagnostic test development. At the moment I am working with influenza viruses, filoviruses, flaviviruses and RS-virus.