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Senior Research Fellow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Docent, Department of Biology


Areas of expertise

Colorado potato beetle
gut microbiota
oxidative stress


  • 2021- present Post-doc researcher, University of Turku
  • 2021 Title of Docent in Ecophysiology, University of Turku
  • 2016 - 2021 Post-doc researcher, University of Turku
  • 2017 - 2018 Visiting researcher, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2013 - 2014 Post-doc researcher, University of Turku
  • 2013 PhD, University of Turku
  • 2008 - 2013 PhD student, University of Turku
  • 2006 - 2007 Research assistant/researcher in University of Jyväskylä
  • 2005 Master of Science, University of Jyväskylä


  • Giving lectures in the master program courses, Dept. of Biology, UTU: Principles of Ecotoxicology (responsible teacher 2020), Presenting and Publishing Scientific Data in Biology (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), Environmental Ecology (2019), Environmental Chemicalization (2019, Open University lecture)
  • Supervisor of the 2 MSc. thesis 2019- onwards, Dept. of Biology, University of Turku
  • Co-supervisor of the Bachelor thesis 2021- onwards, University of Jyväskylä
  • Supervisor of the MSc. thesis 2017-2018, University of Turku/University of Jyväskylä
  • Supervising a student in a “working in the research group” -course (2018 Dept. of Biology, UTU)
  • Supervision of MSc students and trainees in Department of Biology (field and laboratory work, 2008-2018 Dept. of Biology, UTU)
  • Collaboration in the Evolution in Action project led by researchers from the University of Jyväskylä


I'm currently working as a post-doc researcher in the Department of Biology in the University Turku (partly also in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science in the University of Jyväskylä), studying the effects of glyphosate on plant-herbivore interactions and physiological functions, such as oxidative stress, gene expression and gut microbiota in non-target herbivores (e.g. Colorado potato beetle, Japanese quail). In my PhD theses, I studied the effects of metal pollution on breeding success and antioxidant defence in small passerine birds. In my work I have combined ecological, ecotoxicological, biochemical, physiological and genetic methods. Overall, my research interests have been to understand the human induced changes on animals from ecological, genetic and physiological perspective. I am broadly interested in ecological physiology and ecotoxicology as well as the effects of environmental changes on physiology, survival and reproduction in wild species. I have a versatile background for the study of ecotoxicological and ecophysiological questions and ornithology in broader scale.


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Does Glyphosate Affect the Human Microbiota? (2022)

Puigbò Pere, Leino Lyydia I, Rainio Miia J, Saikkonen Kari, Saloniemi Irma, Helander Marjo
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))