I am fascinated by the interactions between eukaryotic hosts and their microbial symbionts, particularly their evolution in changing environments. I completed my PhD at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia, and then moved to Helsinki for my first research fellowship, where I worked on population genetics and adaptation in the Glanville fritillary butterfly. After a couple of years at the University of Lund on a Marie Curie Fellowship, I am now back in Helsinki as the leader of the Insect Symbiosis Ecology and Evolution research group
I have a PhD in Genetic and Molecular Biology from the University of Pavia, Italy (2021).
I am now working on a comparative genomics project aiming at characterizing the genomic diversity of Wolbachia in various insects, their phylogenetic relationship and evolutionary history.
I joined the ISEE lab as a graduate student in December 2019. I am fascinated by symbiotic relationships and how they affect the evolution of the species involved in the interaction. Currently, I am working on the diversity, transmission, and evolution of bacterial symbionts in the insect community associated with the ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata). To address my questions, I am combining fieldwork across the Åland archipelago, Finland, experiments in the laboratory, molecular work, and phylogenetic analyses. I am funded by LUOVA, and co-supervised by Dr. Saskya van Nouhuys from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.
I am interested in plant symbiosis, evolution and adaptation. I graduated in genetics in Barcelona and joined a Master program in plant biology at the University of Helsinki. I first joined the ISEE lab as a research assistant in the lab and now study the quadripartite interaction between insect, their symbionts, their host plant, and plant viral pathogens. Project co-supervised by Dr. Hanna Susi from the University of Helsinki.
I wrote my bachelor thesis on mosquito ecology and strategies to combat malaria. I am intrigued by insect ecology. My Master studies investigates the effect of male-male competition and sex-ratio distortion on females’ reproductive organs in butterflies.
Project co-supervised by Dr. Pasi Sihvonen from LUOMUS natural history museum, the University of Helsinki.
I have a BSc in Molecular Biosciences. I am now a student in the Genetics and Molecular Biosciences MSc programme at the University of Helsinki. I have a special interest in health and disease, and thus chose Molecular and Analytical Health Biosciences as my major. I joined the ISEE lab in 2021 to conduct research on the microbiota of caterpillars from natural habitats with different degrees of anthropogenic degradation.
I am a microbiologist enthusiast with an interest in the versatile connections between animals and their associated microbiota. I have a BSc degree in Biology (2018) and a MSc degree in Genetics (2021) from the University of Oulu, Finland. I completed both degrees by studying gut microbiota diversity. I am now a Technical assistant in the ISEE lab, investigating variation in microbiota and metagenomic data.