Areas of expertise
My research has always been connected to molecular biology, microbiology and biotechnology. My current research focuses on picornavirus evolution, tropism, pathogenicity and diagnostics. I am particularly interested in the relationship between picornavirus genome evolution, cellular infectivity and disease mechanisms, which are the key elements in therapy development. Current projects include NGS sequencing of human picornaviruses, receptor search for entero- and parechoviruses, cell tropism of Rigvir oncolytic echovirus and development of novel diagnostics to rhinoviruses in SPARK Finland program.