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).

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 2020 - ongoing

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland

As a postdoc for the Academy of Finland-funded project of Dr. Tutku Aykanat, in collaboration with the Evolution, Conservation, Genomics group of Prof. Craig Primmer, I try to understand the physiology of life-history variation in salmon (Salmo salar). We study the genotype-phenotype relationship of vgll3 and six6 loci, which are associated with sexual maturation.

Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

Postdoctoral fellow, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, I studied 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.

2015-2016

Research associate / Post doctoral researcher, Bucknell University

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

Evolutionary and ecological 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 . I enjoy using both single-gene oriented and genome-wide approached to understand how do genomes produce phenotypic variation.

ADADEMIC SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS

EDUCATION

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

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)

Salmon fry swimming in their tank at Lammi Biological Station, where we study them.

The Science & 

Mathematics University

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