ABOUT ME

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I'm a question-oriented researcher and have been lucky to work with different taxa addressing many questions relating to environmental responses in animals. I'm always excited to learn new approaches to understanding how animals function. Common themes that span all my research topics so far have been the physiological responses of organisms to their environment and the ability of species to survive in changing environments or from emerging diseases.

 

I completed my PhD in the group of prof Mikko Nikinmaa at the University of Turku in 2016. I then worked at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, where we (the projects of Profs Ken Field and DeeAnn Reeder) studied the responses of North American bats to the deadly fungal disease White Nose Syndrome. I also surveyed the occurrence of Corona-, Filo- and Paramyxoviruses in bats and rodents in South Sudan, funded by the PREDICT program. 

In 2017 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher for Prof Anssi Vainikka at the Aquatic Ecology research group at the University of Eastern Finland, where I studied human-induced evolution and options for evolutionarily sustainable restoration of populations in brown trout (Salmo trutta). Stay tuned for publications...

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ecological and evolutionary physiology of fish

Physiological processes can appear infinitely complex, but it is crucial to understand this puzzle, as physiological change ultimately drives the changes at the population and species level, whether it is an increase in abundance or extinction. With a better understanding of physiology, we would also be able to better understand disease, aging and many issues challenging wildlife management -and the society. I wish to understand what makes fish what they are, and how are they challenged by human impacts, such as fishing and climate change.

POSITIONS

Jan 2018 - ongoing

Postdoctoral fellow, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, I study the role of myoglobin, an oxygen-binding protein which is also responsible for much more than that, in the responses of fish to increasing oxygen demand. Collaborators: Prof Andrew Cossins and Dr. Michael Berenbrink.

September - December 2019

Research visit, Katja Anttila lab, University of Turku

Jan-Dec 2017 

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland

Physiology, behavior and genetics of freshwater populations of brown trout, developing strategies for evolutionary restoration of natural populations. 

Group website. See also the group's Twitter account.

2015-2016

Research associate / Post doctoral researcher, Bucknell University

Resistance and resilience to White Nose Syndrome in North American bats.

EDUCATION

Evolutionary genomics

I am fascinated by understanding how the information encoded in the DNA leads to all the phenotypic richness we see in nature. There are genome-wide, large processes as well as seemingly small changes in single nucleotides in the DNA that contribute to this -studying both of these approaches is valuable and it is my goal to understand these processes from the single base pair to the structural evolution of whole genomes. A publication I co-authored investigating preserved gene expression regulation at the whole genome level in Salvelinus species has been accepted in G3.

2011 - 2016

PhD, University of Turku

Physiology and genetics

Thesis: Diel patterns and tissue-specificity of environmental responses in fish.

2010 - 2011

M. Sc., University of Turku

Ecology

2007 - 2010

B. Sc., University of Turku

Ecology

Ecological immunology and physiology of bats

Bats are crucial members of many ecosystems, and have remarkable adaptations that have contributed to their huge species richness. In temperate and subarctic climates, bats hibernate during the winter, which is an impressive adaptation in its own right. Unfortunately, hibernation has made bats susceptible to a cold-loving fungal pathogen that is responsible for the mortality of millions of bats in North America since 2006. The nature of the immune response can be traced to the cell-type level by measuring cytokines responsible for communication between immune cells, and in the group of Ken Field and DeeAnn Reeder we have taken advantage of this approach in an experimental setting. 

ADADEMIC SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

NETWORKING

I've previously organised...

A session in Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, 2019, Seville, Spain

"Fueling the fire of life – Evolutionary physiology of oxygen supply in vertebrates"

A session in Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, 2018, Italy, Florence

International Workshop for PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows in Salmonid Research (NoWPaS, 2018, Finland)

The Science & 

Mathematics University

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