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Leena is Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She teaches Applied, Environmental and Medical Microbiology and is actively involved in research and the supervision of project students. 

Her research interests include natural product discovery, drug discovery, bacterial interspecies interactions, plant-microbe interactions, microbiomes of the built-environment and microbial ecology in general. Leena uses a variety of tools in her research such as Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, genome mining and microbial bioinformatics.

Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University, Leena was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her research focused on applying NGS techniques, such as whole genome sequencing and transcriptomics, to facilitate drug discovery and development. She has a number of publications, including under the name Dr Leena Nieminen and has presented her research at conferences in the UK, Europe, Far East and North America as well as on the BBC news.

She has previously worked on drug development at a global Life Sciences company in East Lothian as well as project managing an EU project bringing together 9 European cities. She has also worked as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Glasgow.

Leena holds a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Environmental Microbiology and Chemistry from the University of Helsinki in Finland and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Microbiology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. As part of her undergraduate degree, she spent one year studying at the University of Gent in Belgium (where she met her Scottish husband).

Outside work, Leena has been Treasurer of the Scottish Finnish Society and enjoys spending time with her young family and travelling.

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Streptomyces coelicolor Medicine & Life Sciences
Streptomyces Medicine & Life Sciences
Streptococcus mitis Medicine & Life Sciences
Perforin Medicine & Life Sciences
Actinobacteria Medicine & Life Sciences
DNA Replication Medicine & Life Sciences
Hyphae Medicine & Life Sciences
Theoretical Models Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

Reconciling DNA replication and transcription in a hyphal organism: visualizing transcription complexes in live Streptomyces coelicolor

Kerr, L. & Hoskisson, P. A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Microbiology. 165, 10, p. 1086-1094 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Streptomyces coelicolor
DNA Replication
Chromosomes
Cell Division
Hyphae

Diphtheria-like Disease Caused by Toxigenic Corynebacterium ulcerans Strain

Sangal, V., Nieminen, L., Weinhardt, B., Raeside, J., Tucker, N. P., Florea, C-D., Pollock, K. G. & Hoskisson, P. A., Jul 2014, In : Emerging Infectious Disease. 20, 7, p. 1257-1258 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Revolutionizing Prokaryotic Systematics Through Next-Generation Sequencing

Sangal, V., Nieminen, L., Tucker, N. P. & Hoskisson, P. A., 2014, In : Methods in Microbiology. 41, p. 75-101 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

A flexible mathematical model platform for studying branching networks: experimentally validated using the model actinomycete, Streptomyces coelicolor

Nieminen, L., Webb, S., Smith, M. C. M. & Hoskisson, P. A., 18 Feb 2013, In : PLoS ONE. 8, 2, e54316.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Streptomyces coelicolor
Actinobacteria
Streptomyces
Theoretical Models
Anti-Bacterial Agents

PclA, a pneumococcal collagen-like protein with selected strain distribution, contributes to adherence and invasion of host cells

Paterson, G. K., Nieminen, L., Jefferies, J. M. C. & Mitchell, T. J., Aug 2008, In : FEMS Microbiology Letters. 285, 2, p. 170-176 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Collagen
Genes
Proteins
Cell Wall
Genome