Sanna Taskila
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
at University of Oulu

University of Oulu


Expert in:

Technology Environment Energy Water Processes

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I am a bioprocess engineering expert working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oulu. I am also a founder of Sangen Oy, a new Finnish company in field of innovative brewing and distillation processes. My expertise area at Sangen is the Sangen Laboratory, Research and Development. My passion Making the potential of bioprocesses and biocatalysis more available and understood among new industries. Fulfilling my curiosity by learning new technologies and processes. How did I become me? I have worked in expert positions for almost 17 years, starting with environmental engineering and construction during my polytechnic studies. Later on I have also obtained master's and doctor's degrees in Environmental Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering at the university of Oulu. I have worked at the University of Oulu since 2003 in various research projects related to e.g. bioprocess and biocatalyst development, biomass refining, and biosensor development. I coordinated the research and education at Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory during 2012-2013. My current position is Postdoctoral research fellow and I work as the Bioprocess team leader at the Chemical Process Engineering research group. My job mostly consists of coordination of research financing and cooperation within the team, applied research, supervising of doctoral students and lecturing. I am coordinating two on-going projects on valorization of potato industry side streams, and preparing the commercialization of respective technologies together with my colleagues. I am also the team leader of High valued bioproducts within the Bioeconomy Research Community Oulu, the representative of Faculty of Technology in the University Publication Committee, and the subseries editor for the Acta Universitatis Ouluensis C Technica. Earlier I worked as an expert in consultant projects for WSP Finland, in regional development and invest-in projects related to bioeconomy and cleantech. I am working for Mikko Ahokas Consulting and Oulu Water Alliance as an expert in bioprocess technologies. The problems I solve My best expertise is in finding and introducing bioprocess options in cases where other technologies are not sufficient or where the potential of bioprocess technologies is not yet discovered. My expert areas are in biomass hydrolysis and fermentation, enzyme screening and applications, and in biological conversion of waste and side streams. I have experience in mapping of regional bioeconomy offerings and invest-in opportunities especially related to biomass refining and respective research and development activities.