Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), College of Veterinary Medicine, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1997
    PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland

Positions of trust at the University of Helsinki:

  • 2004 – 2007
    Faculty Council, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Member and Vice Chair

  • 2004 – 2007
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine PhD Program, Director

  • 2004 – 2007
    Committee for Research-Oriented Postgraduate Education, Chair

  • 2004 – 2007
    The first Vice Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; responsibilities: science and researcher training

  • 2004 – 2007
    University Collegium, Member

  • 2007
    University Senate, Vice-Member

  • Since 2008
    Board of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Vice-Chair

  • Since 2008
    Board of Helsinki Institute of Physics, Chair

  • Since 2008
    Scientific Council, Chair

  • Since 2008
    Vice-Rector: research, researcher training and innovation

  • 2011 – 2012
    Steering group of the evaluation of research and doctoral training, Chair

  • Since 2012
    Steering group of doctoral education development project, Chair

Selected publications

  • Björkroth, K.J., Geisen, R., Schillinger, U., Weiss, N., De Vos, P., Holzapfel, W.H., Korkeala, H.J. & Vandamme, P. 2000. Characterization of Leuconostoc gasicomitatum sp. nov. associated with spoiled raw tomato-marinated broiler meat strips packaged under modified atmosphere conditions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 66: 3764-3772.

  • Koort, J.M.K., Murros, A., Coneye, T., Eerola, S, Vandamme, P., Sukura, A. & Björkroth, K.J. 2005. Lactobacillus oligofermentans sp. nov., associated with spoilage of modified-atmosphere-packaged poultry products. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71: 4400-4406.

  • Vihavainen, E. & Björkroth, J. 2007. Spoilage of value-added, high-oxygen modified-atmosphere packaged raw, beef steaks by Leuconostoc gasicomitatum and Leuconostoc gelidum. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 119: 340-345.

  • Vihavainen, E., Koort, J.M.K., Lundström, H.-S., Susiluoto, T., Auvinen, P., Paulin, L. & Björkroth, K.J. 2007. Role of broiler carcasses and processing plant air in contamination of modified-atmosphere-packaged broiler products with psychrotrophic lactic acid bacteria. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73: 1136-1145.

  • Vihavainen, E. & Björkroth, K.J. 2009. Diversity of Leuconostoc gasicomitatum associated with meat spoilage Int. J. Food Microbiol. 136: 32-36.

  • Nieminen, T.T., Vihavainen, E., Paloranta, A., Lehto, J., Paulin, L., Auvinen, P. & Björkroth, K.J. 2011. Characterization of bacterial communities in modified-atmosphere packed minced meat with terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 144: 360-366.

  • Rahkila, R., Johansson, P., Säde, E. & Björkroth, K.J. 2011. Identification of enterococci from broiler products and broiler processing plant and description of Enterococcus viikkiensis sp. nov. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77: 1196-1203.

  • Johansson, P., Paulin, L., Säde, E., Salovuori, N., Alatalo, E.R., Björkroth, K.J. & Auvinen, P. 2011. Genome sequence of a food spoilage lactic acid bacterium Leuconostoc gasicomitatum LMG 18811T, in association with specific spoilage reactions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77: 4344-4351.

  • T. Nieminen, K. Koskinen, P. Laine, J. Hultman, L. Paulin, E. Säde, A. Paloranta, P. Johansson, K.J. Björkroth & P. Auvinen. 2012. Comparison of microbial communities in marinated and unmarinated broiler meat by metagenomics. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 157: 142-149.

  • Jääskeläinen, E., Johansson, P., Kostiainen, O., Nieminen, T., Schmidt, G., Somervuo, P., Mohsina, M., Vanninen, P., Auvinen, P. & Björkroth, J. 2012. Significance of Heme-based Respiration in Meat Spoilage caused by Leuconostoc gasicomitatum. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.79: 1078-1085.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • External funding has been obtained since 1998 from the Academy of Finland, TEKES, the food industry, University of Helsinki and several foundations. In the Academy of Finland national programme for Centres of Excellence (CoE) research program 2008-2013, Professor Björkroth is the vice leader and one of the 5 team leaders of the CoE in Microbial Food Safety research.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Research Policy Committee of the League of European Research Universities, Chair, since 2013

  • Research Policy Committee of the League of European Research Universities, Member, since 2011

  • Board of the Academy for Technical Sciences, Member, since 2010

  • Academic Executive Advisory Board of Elsevier, Member, since 2010

  • Pre-selection group of TAF Millennium Technology Prize, Member, since 2009

  • Academy of Finland Advisory Board for PhD education, Member, 2009 – 2011

  • Board of Viikki Graduate School in Biosciences, Member, 2004 – 2010

  • Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus and Related Organisms, Member, since 2005

Additional qualifications

  • Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, 2005

  • Approbatur level in university pedagogics, University of Helsinki, 2002

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, 1997

  • The National Defence Course 188 / 2009, 2009

  • Leadership training Deep Leadership (2008 – 2009) by Deep Lead Ltd, Finland, 2009

  • Specialist degree in leadership training (JET-koulutus, Haaga-Perho), 2006


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