PhD, Associate professor
Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions
University of Jyväskylä
Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Nanoscience Center
PO Box 35
40014 University of Jyväskylä
Lotta-Riina in google scholar
Research ID N-1551-2014
New people have joined the group. Warm welcome to Dr. Cesar Diez-Villasenor and Ms. Matilde Fregni!
Our review on phage-CRISPR-Cas coevolution has been published in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society.
First phage images were taken in 1940’s. how has the field developed? Our paper “Bacteriophage imaging: past, present and the future” is now online!
Three MSc students have started their thesis work in the lab. Welcome Joanda Sorsa, Katies Smith and Johannes Nummela, and good luck with your experiments!
Long term genomic coevolution of host-parasite interaction in the natural environment - new paper out in Nature Communications (7/2017)
Virus found in a boreal lake links ssDNA and dsDNA viruses - our paper now online in PNAS. The paper was reported by Finnish broadcasting company YLE (in Finnish) (7/2017)
See the first Helium ion microscope images of phage-bacterium interactions at sub-nanometer resolution in Advanced Biosystems. Miika Leppänen's awesome images of T4 infecting E. coli cells were also featured in BBC4 documentary "Michael Mosley vs. The Superbugs", and he won the best poster prize with these images in SCANDEM 2017. Congratulations! (6/2017)
Our research on phage therapy was featured by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE as a web article and in the TV (in Finnish). (6/2017)
Welcome Valtteri Nurminen! He started a MSc project on antibiotic resistance (6/2017)
Does farming drive fish disease? Article in The Scientist features our study published last year in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Our new international "FLAVOPHAGE" project funded by BONUS has started! PhD student Anniina Runtuvuori and PostDoc Heidi Kunttu have already started in this project where we aim to develop phage therapy applications for aquaculture in the Baltic area.
Lotta-Riina is giving a public talk on Monday 13th March Cafe Libri
Welcome Kati Mäkelä who started a MSc project on Phage-host interactions in a ssDNA phage FLiP (2/2017)
Hanna Kinnula defended her PhD thesis on 22nd November 2016. Congratulations Hanna! (11/2016)
Key project funded by the Academy Finland has started. The aim of the project is to characterise phage lytic enzymes and study if they would be useful in prevention of fish diseases in aquaculture (10/2016)
Reetta Penttinen defended her PhD thesis "Genetic and environmental factors associated with the virulence of fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare” in May. Congratulations! Press release (in Finnish) on the university website. Reetta's paper on expression of virulence factors is also now online in Microbial Ecology.
Dr. Gabriel Almeida and MSc Ville Hoikkala have joined the team, welcome! (3/2016)
Our latest paper on virulence evolution in intensive farming is now online in Proc Royal Soc B (3/2016)
Tietysti.fi interviewed me on my research (in Finnish). (2/2016)
Multilocus sequence analysis scheme for F. columnare is now out in BMC Microbiology. Congratulations for MSc Roghaieh Ashrafi for the first PhD thesis publication! (11/2015)
Our PhD student Hanna Kinnula has published her first paper, congratulations! (10/2015)
A new project funded by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has started! In this project we will develop novel targeted methods to prevent bacterial diseases in aquaculture. The four-year project is done in collaboration with professor Ilari Maasilta (Department of Physics, Nanoscience Center, University of Jyvaskyla). (9/1015)
Our paper on the use of phage against F. columnare infections is now published in Frontiers in Microbiology (8/2015).
New paper out on genome size evolution in macroparasites. We compared the available genome size data in free-living and parasitic flatworms, annelids, nematodes and arthropods. Compared with free-living groups, genome sizes were smaller in parasites.
See our research on using bacteriophages as antimicrobials in aquaculture featured in Horizon 2020 Projects Portal issue 4 (page 194).