I am Research Team Leader of the Bioprocess
engineering team in Industrial Biotechnology and Food Solution research area.
During my more than 25 years at VTT I have gained expertise in developing,
optimising and scaling up processes for protein and chemical production with
eukaryotic organisms like yeasts and filamentous fungi. I have been involved in
several customer and publicly funded projects and have acted as project manager
and WP leader. My recent interest relates to circular economy and especially
bioproduction of fuels and chemicals from several lignocellulosic raw materials
and side streams including e.g. enzymatic hydrolysis, yeast development,
fermentation and development of process concepts.
My current research focuses on the use of microbes in biorefinery and biofuel concepts. My primary interest has been the exploitation of filamentous fungi and yeast, but I also work with bacteria and algae. Bioreactors have provided useful tools for both physiological studies and for process development. I work primarily with small scale lab reactors, but am also involved in both scaling up and down of processes. During and after my Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK, 1986-1989) I studied fungal morphology, evolution and protein production, with a particular interest in single cell protein. My B.Sc. (University of Saskatchewan, 1980-1984) and M.Sc. (University of British Columbia, 1984-1986) were obtained in Canada. I have been working at VTT since 2003.
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current work focusses on brewing yeast biology and beer quality. Development of
brewing yeast performance through natural means (adaptive evolution and
interspecies hybridization) is a key topic of interest. Targets for optimization
include stress resistance, cold tolerance, sugar utilization and flavour
profile. I specialize in yeast physiology and fermentation performance but my
projects encompass diverse research strategies from genetic engineering to
microbial ecology. I was awarded a PhD from University College Dublin, Ireland
in 2004 and began postdoctoral research work in the UK (Oxford Brookes
University and University of Nottingham) before joining VTT in 2009. My current
position is Principal Research Scientist.
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My work focuses on the
conversion of agro- and forest industry residues into value added fuels and
chemicals. I completed my Master’s degree in Molecular Biology in 2011
(University of Tampere) and have been working at VTT since then. I have
experience in working with bacterial, fungal and yeast host systems. At VTT I
have primarily been involved in the discovery and production of hydrolytic
enzymes, biomass hydrolysis and different fermentation processes. I am also
very interested in overall bioprocess conceptualization and techno economics.
My main topic of interest is the cellulosic ethanol process, on which I have
worked for nearly 5 years. From 2013 to 2016 I worked on developing a
cellulosic ethanol process for the sugarcane industry in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My
more recent work has been geared toward the production of organic acids from
biomass hydrolysates and industrial side streams.
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My areas of expertise are kinetic modelling, optimization and monitoring of dynamic biological processes. I received my Diploma of Engineering in 2005 from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in the field of Engineering Cybernetics, focusing on applied mathematics, control theory and modelling of dynamic systems. The topic of my PhD, which I received from the University of Kiel, Germany, was modelling and analysis of the growth of
Streptococcus thermophilus as a starter culture. After a PostDoc at Aalto University I joined VTT in the beginning of 2010. My current research involves construction and analysis of metabolic networks as well as modelling fermentation data with the goal of automation and optimization.
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I studied Biotechnology at the University of Jyväskylä, from where I have my M.Sc. degree. I have more than 12 years of expertise with many different bioprocess systems, using bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi for various bulk and high value products. I have been involved in optimizing bioproduction processes in cooperation with both Finnish and international partners. Special expertise include gas-fermentations with both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
My current research focus is on the exploitation of fungi from marine environments.
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My areas of expertise are
molecular biology, genetics and strain construction. I received my M.Sci.
diploma in 1998 from University of Helsinki. I joined VTT shortly after
graduation and have been working mostly in projects related to brewing. The
topic of my PhD, which I received in 2011 from the University of Helsinki, was
characterization and improvement of sugar uptake efficiency in brewer’s yeast.
My current research involves different aspects of brewing, e.g. production of
non-alcoholic beer and use of novel yeast strains for beer production.
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