Dr. Miia Lindström is Professor of Dairy Processing Hygiene in the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki (UH) in Helsinki, Finland. She studied veterinary medicine and completed her doctorate in Professor Hannu Korkeala’s lab at UH with a thesis on “Diagnostic and Food Safety Aspects of Clostridium botulinum”. Her postdoctoral fellowships in Professor Mike Peck’s lab at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, and at the University of Helsinki focused on the genetics of C. botulinum toxin production and stress responses.
Her current lab at the University of Helsinki focuses on the environmental, cellular, and genetic factors regulating C. botulinum neurotoxin production and sporulation, combining whole-genome sequencing, transcriptomics, metabolomics, mutational analysis, and single-cell biology. The UH laboratory has over 25 years of experience working with C. botulinum and runs botulism diagnostics and collaborates with several leading food enterprises in Finland. The group is funded by prestigious European and national grants. Professor Lindström has authored or co-authored over one hundred international peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of food hygiene.