MS Degree in Food Science and Nutrition – Washington State University, USA

MSc Degree in Food Chemistry and Microbiology – University of Helsinki, Finland

PhD in Nutritional Toxicology and Microbiology-University of Surrey, UK

Professor, Degree Program on Health Biosciences and Director, Functional Foods Forum, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.

Visiting Professor (Food Safety) BOKU University, Vienna, Austria; Visiting Professor, Nutritional Toxicology, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Registered toxicologist (Finland and Eurotox), Fellow of the ANZFA

Professor of the Joint Program of the Life Sciences Faculty and Medical Faculty of University Turku

Research interests: intestinal microbiota and health, probiotics, prebiotics, functional foods, novel foods

Member of the editorial board of British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Food Protection, Bioscience and Microflora, Marcel Dekker Series in Food Science and Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Science, Food and Nutrition Research

Member  of following specialized societies: ASM, IFT, SOMED, FSNR

Expert member in several regulatory committees on food and health (Finland and EU) including the European Food Safety Authority  NDA Scientific Panel, Fellow of the ANZFA

Receiver of several international prizes such as Grand Prix du Yoplait, International Award for Modern Nutrition, Metchnikoff Prize

Over 300 refereed publications in food and health, microbiology, probiotics, food safety and functional foods, several book chapters and text books in probiotics, food additives and functional foods

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