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University Lecturer, Institute of Biomedicine
Docent, Institute of Biomedicine
PhD, docent in molecular virology (University of Turku)


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Areas of expertise

virus evolution
respiratory pathogens
clinical virology
protein production technologies
cell culture techniques
molecular biology
gene technology
research data management;


I studied biochemistry and plant biology as major subjects at University of Turku (Turku, Finland) and graduated with MSc degree in biology in 1994. The following five years (1995-1999) I worked as doctoral student at University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland) with prof. Eija Pehu and Dr. Kirsi Lehto, and visited Agrotechnological Research Institute (Wageningen, Netherlands; with Dr. Chris van der Schoot) and The James Hutton Institute (Dundee, UK; with Dr. Lesley Torrance) to learn new techniques. I obtained my PhD degree in the field of plant virology in 1999. As a post-doc, I first did a short visit to cancer cell biology in Turku Bioscience (in 2000; with Dr. Päivi Koskinen), before a four-year period as Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher. During those years, I worked with FLP/FRT gene editing system in plants with a twist to plant virus movement processes in Joint Biotechnology Laboratory at University of Turku. Following that period, I switched from plant virology to human picornavirus research, and joined the group of prof. Timo Hyypiä. This started by career as a university staff member in Institute of Biomedicine (Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku). Currently, I am in a position of university lecturer in medical biotechnology and microbiology. My work history also includes research visits to diagnostic companies in Finland (2015 and 2017) and abroad (2015), two years as project manager at Turku University of Applied Sciences (2012-2013), and expert work in Tykslab clinical virology unit (2006-2012). I have co-founded two start-up companies.


Working in medical faculty I am in charge of molecular virology and microbiology courses. I also participate in courses on biochemistry, protein chemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Furthermore, I am involved in organizing university level biosafety course and course on Basic Research Data Management. I have completed full pedagogical teacher training (60 ECTS) in Faculty of Education at University of Turku.


I am interested in the relationship between picornavirus genome evolution, cellular infectivity and disease mechanisms, which are the key elements in therapy development. My current projects include NGS sequencing of human picornaviruses, receptor research on entero- and parechoviruses, and development of novel diagnostics to picornaviruses and novel enterovirus vectors for cancer therapy.


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Rhinoviruses: Colds (2023)

Peltola Ville, Jartti Tuomas, Susi Petri
(Artikkeli ammatillisessa kokoomateoksessa (D2))

Recommendations for the introduction of metagenomic high-throughput sequencing in clinical virology, part I: Wet lab procedure (2021)

Journal of Clinical Virology
López-Labrador F. Xavier, Brown Julianne R., Fischer Nicole, Harvala Heli, Van Boheemen Sander, Cinek Ondrej, Sayiner Arzu, Madsen Tina Vasehus, Auvinen Eeva, Kufner Verena, Huber Michael, Rodriguez Christophe, Jonges Marcel, Hönemann Mario, Susi Petri, Sousa Hugo, Klapper Paul E., Pérez-Cataluňa Alba, Hernandez Marta, Molenkamp Richard, van der Hoek Lia, Schuurman Rob, Couto Natacha, Leuzinger Karoline, Simmonds Peter, Beer Martin, Höper Dirk, Kamminga Sergio, Feltkamp Mariet C.W., Rodríguez-Díaz Jesús, Keyaerts Els, Nielsen Xiaohui Chen, Puchhammer-Stöckl Elisabeth, Kroes Aloys C.M., Buesa Javier, Breuer Judy, Claas Eric C.J., de Vries Jutte J.C.; on behalf of the ESCV Network on Next-Generation Sequencing
(Vertaisarvioitu katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A2))