Hannu Korkeala


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

  • Epidemiology, diagnostics, and genetics of psyhrotrophic and spore-forming bacteria
  • Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
  • Mechanism of psyhrotrophy

Recent administravite duties and assessment experience

  • Head of the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, 2010-2013
  • Head of the Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene, 1998-2009
  • Director of Applied Bioscience Graduate School, 2009-2014
  • Vice Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 2001-2003
  • Member of the expert group in evaluating of activities of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, 2010-2011
  • Evaluation of the Veterinary Faculty VetSuisse at University of Zurich, 2009
  • Evaluation of the quality and impact of Food Science and Safety of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, Member of the evaluation panel, 2009
  • Scientific expert panel for Listeria monocytogenes in Foods, ILSI Risk Science Institute, Alexandria, USA, 2003
  • Member of the expert group in European System of Evaluating of Veterinary Training in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy, 2002 


  • Walter Frei Preis, 2010
  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2010-
  • Honorary member of the Finnish Society of Food Science and Technology, 2007-
  • Topi Salmi Scientific Prize, 2007
  • Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, 2007-
  • The Veterinarian of the Year, 2006
  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, 2004
  • Honorary member of the Society of the Finnish Veterinary Food Hygienists
  • Golden Medal of the Finnish Veterinary Association, 1992

Latest publications

  1. MdrL, a major facilitator superfamily efflux pump ofListeria monocytogenesinvolved in tolerance to benzalkonium chloride

    Jiang, X., Yu, T., Xu, Y., Wang, H., Korkeala, H. & Shi, L., Feb 2019, In : Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 103, 3, p. 1339-1350 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Changes in Transcriptome of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis IP32953 Grown at 3 and 28 degrees C Detected by RNA Sequencing Shed Light on Cold Adaptation

    Virtanen, J-P., Keto-Timonen, R., Jaakkola, K., Salin, N. & Korkeala, H., 27 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 8, 19 p., 416.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. MouR controls the expression of the Listeria monocytogenes Agr system and mediates virulence

    Pinheiro, J., Lisboa, J., Pombinho, R., Carvalho, F., Carreaux, A., Brito, C., Pöntinen, A., Korkeala, H., dos Santos, N. M. S., Morais-Cabral, J. H., Sousa, S. & Cabanes, D., 12 Oct 2018, In : Nucleic Acids Research. 46, 18, p. 9338-9352 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Xiaobing Jiang

    Hannu Korkeala (Host)
    Dec 2016Dec 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  2. Yu Tao

    Hannu Korkeala (Host)
    Dec 2016Dec 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  3. The Annual Finnish Veterinary Congress 2015

    Hannu Korkeala (Poster Presentation)
    2 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. Dr. h.c. of the University of Liege, Belgium

    Hannu Korkeala (Recipient) & Hannu Korkeala (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Walter Frei-Preis 2010

    Hannu Korkeala (Recipient), 30 Apr 2011

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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