At the Tampere University, Finland, we are using molecular methods to detect pathogens that pose a risk to human health and the environment in the water resources. Our detection methods are based on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and next generation sequencing (NGS). Our PCR methods have been verified as highly sensitive and specific in the International Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics (QCMD). Next generation sequencing methods reveal the entire spectrum of the microbial community, the microbiome. In principle, NGS methods can be used to detect all potential pathogens without prior knowledge of the pathogens in the water, including all viruses (virome), bacteria (16S gene region), and protozoa and fungi (18S gene region).
Tampere University is created in January 2019 by the merger of the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology, which are joining forces to create a new foundation-based university. At the new University, technology and social sciences come together in a unique way. Our research groups and projects conduct multidisciplinary research across institutional boundaries. The research undertaken at our Centres of Excellences (CoE) ranges from game culture studies to tumour genetics.