Liisa Lehtoranta, PhD

R&D Manager

“As part of the R&D team, we investigate beneficial good bacteria, called probiotics. We aim to understand how probiotics work in our bodies and provide health benefits, for instance, by supporting the function of the microbes within us. In my role I am especially intrigued by how probiotics could support women’s health, like how probiotics support mothers’ health in pregnancy.”

What do you like best about your job?

“In my work I especially enjoy learning new science, brainstorming sessions and interacting with different scientists, colleagues, and customers all around the world.”

What interested you in working in the field of probiotics?

“I have been always very interested in biology, bacteria and viruses. During my master’s studies in the University of Helsinki I specialized in infectious diseases. In my PhD studies, I directed my interest into human microbiota and probiotics and became highly curious how supporting the endogenous bacteria in our bodies could be an alternative solution to counteract against infectious diseases and to support our health.”

Why do you think it’s important to take probiotics?

“Probiotics are natural, safe, and affordable means to support human health from babies to the elderly.”

What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of?

“I am especially proud when a commercial product is developed based on our scientific work and when our scientific paper is accepted into a publication to a high-quality scientific journal after hard work and team effort.”

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