Molecular mechanisms of bacteria
We are interested in the basic mechanisms involved when bacteria infect the human host. My research group studies, at the molecular level, the function of bacterial surface proteins and protein appendages involved in infectious processes and bacteria-host interactions. A special focus is on pathogens causing recurrent urinary tract infections and newborn meningitis as well as on health-promoting lactic acid bacteria. We also apply bacterial proteins and protein complexes biotechnologically for medical or diagnostic purposes.
Electron microscopy image of a uropathogenic Escherichia coli cell expressing thin, adhesive fimbriae and a thicker, wavy flagellum used for motility of the cell.
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HiLIFE, “HiLIFE Grand Challenge – Combatting Antimicrobial Drug Resistance”, joint research consortium, 2018-2021, University of Helsinki
The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Research grant, -2024