Category Archives: Personal thoughts

“Fund people not project”, is the project-based funding scheme adequate?

The idea to write about project-based funding schemes for this blog piece originated from the recent French elections (yes there’s actually a link there). With these elections came a new government, with a new Minister of State for Higher Education … Continue reading

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Metals for the existence and applications of oligonucleotides with metal-mediated base-pairs

For our body to function, we need to supply it with a variety of nutrients that we get from our diet. However, our bodies can not use the food as it is when it enters our digestive system. The process … Continue reading

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Sugar boost for photosynthetic microorganisms to improve biotechnology applications

Today’s society is still to a great extent dependent on fossil fuels because we use them plenty to e.g. run our vehicles, heat our homes, provide us with electricity and power different industrial sectors. As is well known, fossil fuels … Continue reading

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Vastaväittäjänä vieraassa maassa

Väitöstilaisuus on selkeä virstanpylväs, siirtymäriitti tieteentekijöiden yhteisön jäseneksi. Oman väitöksen lisäksi olen päässyt seuraamaan yhden ohjattavan ja monen tutkijakollegan väitöstä. Vaikka Suomen järjestelmässä väitöstilaisuus on seremoniallinen, tunnelma on usein tiivis – jännityksestä kustoksen ilmoittamasta väitöksen alusta hänen toiseen puheenvuoroonsa, joka … Continue reading

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My first year as a collegium researcher in Turku is behind and now is a good time to look back how the year has gone by. Already for my undergraduate and graduate studies I have been in Turku so coming … Continue reading

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Early life nutrition for lifelong benefit: An insight from gut microbiome research into my baby’s feeding journey

Over the past six years, I received various opportunities to explore a small-but-diverse universe, a collection of microorganisms that lives within us, known as the human microbiome. This fast-developing research field of human microbiome led me to venture out from … Continue reading

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When do we stop being students?

I was out for a fancier-than-usual lunch with some postdoc and researcher colleagues when the waiter casually presented us with an innocent, yet loaded question, “Are you students?”. All of us were in our mid-thirties. A full decade had passed … Continue reading

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Bioteknologian keinoin homemyrkkyjä vastaan

Kirjoittaja: tutkijatohtori Riikka Peltomaa, Luonnontieteiden, lääketieteen ja tekniikan tutkijakollegiumi Homemyrkyt eli mykotoksiinit ovat homesienten tuottamia yhdisteitä, jotka voivat aiheuttaa ihmisille ja eläimille vakavia terveydellisiä haittoja sekä äkillisesti että pitkäaikaisen altistumisen seurauksena. Otollisissa olosuhteissa näitä myrkkyjä tuottavat sienilajit voivat muodostaa homekasvustoja … Continue reading

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A Pessimist in the Academia

I am a bit of a pessimist. It is not that I do not believe things will work out in the end, it is just that I do not think they are likely to work out for the best. Presumably, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Academic Career Structures

Discussions on academic career structures have recently become popular in Germany, a leading country in science and technology. The #IchBinHanna Twitter hashtag emerged in the German academic society in the summer of 2021. The discussion was triggered by a two-minute … Continue reading

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