Pedro Pereira

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Description of research and teaching

I'm a project researcher at Helsinki University Hospital, and I'm currently located as a post-doc at the DNA Sequencing and Genomics Laboratory of the Institute of Biotechnology (University of Helsinki), where I made my PhD in Genetics.

I have wide-ranging interests. When possible, I like to approach research from a multidisciplinary perspective. My background in both Earth science and microbial ecology, as well as experience with a wide range of techniques and methods in wet-lab, bioinformatics, and data analysis, puts me in a unique position to tackle a variety of multidisciplinary research topics.

My main research focus is on the human microbiome in health & disease. I did my PhD thesis on the human microbiome in Parkinson's Disease and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, but I'm involved in several other biomedical projects as well. I've worked with the skin, oral, nasal, gut, and bile microbiomes in the context of various diseases and medical conditions. An entire project pipeline, from DNA/RNA isolation, DNA/RNA library creation, and DNA/RNA sequencing, to bioinformatic processing of the raw sequence data and data analysis is completely done in-house at our lab, allowing us to fully control the project pipeline from beginning to end.

In The Future:
My main interests are to continue to develop my expertise in:

a) shotgun metagenomics
b) metatranscriptomics
c) multilevel modelling in a bayesian framework
d) machine learning and data mining.

Education information

Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Helsinki, 2017

M.Sc. in Geology, University of Lisbon, 2005

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Latest publications

  1. Gut microbiome in gestational diabetes: a cross-sectional study of mothers and offspring 5 years postpartum

    Hasan, S., Aho, V., Pereira, P., Paulin, L., Koivusalo, S. B., Auvinen, P. & Eriksson, J. G. Jan 2018 In : Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 97, 1, p. 38-46 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Isotretinoin and lymecycline treatments modify the skin microbiota in acne

    Kelhala, H-L., Aho, V. T. E., Fyhrquist, N., Pereira, P. A. B., Kubin, M. E., Paulin, L., Palatsi, R., Auvinen, P., Tasanen, K. & Lauerma, A. Jan 2018 In : Experimental Dermatology. 27, 1, p. 30-36 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. More than constipation - bowel symptoms in Parkinson's disease and their connection to gut microbiota

    Mertsalmi, T. H., Aho, V. T. E., Pereira, P. A. B., Paulin, L., Pekkonen, E., Auvinen, P. & Scheperjans, F. Nov 2017 In : European Journal of Neurology. 24, 11, p. 1375-1383 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Latest activities

  1. 24th United European Gastroenterology Week

    Pereira, P. (Speaker: Presenter)
    15 Oct 201619 Oct 2016

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

  2. 16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME16)

    Pereira, P. (Poster Presentation)
    21 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

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

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