Research and collaboration

Mentored by Dr. Leona Gilbert (Lee), our group has several main focus points: one is basic research for providing new insights into autoimmune and chronic diseases. Here, we give emphasis on microbial infections, such as Human Parvovirus B19 and Borrelia burgdorferi as a mechanism of chronic diseases and in some cases autoimmunity. We have seen within our canine parvovirus (CPV) research that CPV has the ability cause host DNA damage. In addition, we set out to characterize the pathogenic effects in Parvovirus infection. We are also working on the identification of pleomorphic variants of bacteria with clinical relevance, which is sponsored by the Schwartz Foundation (biosensors). Our final focus is on the exploitation of our knowledge towards combating harmful micro-organisms. Projects of Hilysens; Highly sensitive and specific low-cost lab-on-a-chip system for Lyme disease diagnosis FP7-SME-2010-262411 and our past project EU Craft Project (biosensors - Immunolegio), where we explore the in situ detection of Legionella in industrial and environmental water samples are two specific projects that allow translational value of our research.

There is an opportunity for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students to conduct their thesis work within our projects. Those people interested please contact leona.gilbert[at]jyu.fi.

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