Professor of Food Hygiene at the University of Helsinki since 2002.
She is well known for her expertise in the area of spoilage bacteria. She has regularly gained competitive research funding and grants for her team. Together with her co-authors, she has over 100 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 33 ISI and 40 Google Scholar) and several book chapters. She has worked in interaction with food processors and safety authorities but also with different companies providing technology solutions and platforms. She has and has had a wide variety of domestic and international positions of trusts. Her current duties include the Chair of the Board of Gene Technology and Vice Chair of the Council of Health, Academy of Finland. She is a scientific editor of Applied Environmental Microbiology journal.