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Dr. Petri Susi, PhD., is staff member in the Department of Virology at University of Turku (UTU). He is also the leader of the Diagnostics Group at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), which is the legal entity for this partner. Thus, within this consortium two universities in the Turku region are tightly linked. Research at UTU/TUAS focuses on genetic variation (quasispecies diversity) and cellular interactions of human entero-, rhino- and parechoviruses. The know-how on viral sequences and structures is also used to develop novel diagnostics methods (RT-qPCR and antigen detection assay) for the detection and typing of human picornaviruses.