Dr Anna Kaksonen

Group Leader

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Dr Anna Kaksonen leads the Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Group in the Contaminants and Biotechnology Program in CSIRO Land and Water. She develops biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications in the mining, energy, water supply, waste and wastewater treatment industries. Research topics of special interest have included: circular economy, mining biotechnology (e.g. bioleaching, biooxidation, bioprecipitation, bioflotation), bioenergy, bioremediation of contaminated sites, waste/wastewater treatment and resource recovery, and mitigation of microbially caused problems such as biofouling, bioclogging and biocorrosion. She has also applied molecular and culture-based detection and monitoring approaches to microbial communities in natural and engineered environments, and isolated and described of novel microorganisms.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    MSc (Environmental Science and Policy)
    University of Helsinki

  • 2001

    MSc in Engineering (Environmental Technology)
    Tampere University of Technology

  • 2004

    Doctor of Technology (Environmental Biotechnology)
    Tampere University of Technology

  • 2008

    Teacher’s pedagogical qualification
    Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Teacher Education Centre, Finland

Professional Experiences

  • June 1999-August 1999

    Research Assistant
    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • September 1999-December 2004

    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • January 2005-April 2009

    Senior Researcher
    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • May 2009-September 2017

    Team Leader

  • May 2009-Present

    Senior Research Scientist

  • September 2017-Present

    Group Leader

Achievements and Awards

  • 2000

    Award for best poster presentation
    The 4th Valamo Conference on Environmental Health and Risk Assessment 13-16.9.2000, Valamo monastery, Heinävesi, Finland

  • 2003-2004

    Best doctoral thesis in environmental sciences during the years 2003-2004 in Finland
    the Finnish Society for Environmental Science

  • 2004

    Best doctoral thesis in Technology in Finland in 2004
    Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers (Tekniikan Akateemisten Liitto, TEK) and Technical Association in Finland (Tekniska Förening in Finland, TFiF)

  • 2014

    Excellence in Research and Innovation Award for MARSUO - Managed Aquifer Recharge and Stormwater Use Options Research Project
    Stormwater Australia

Other highlights

  • March 2001-August 2002

    Visiting Researcher at CSIRO

  • November 2003-February 2004

    Visiting Researcher at Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ), Germany

  • November 2007-December 2007

    Microbiologist on the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 315 on Chikyu, scientific drilling vessel, Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone, offshore the Kii Peninsula in Japan

  • August 2008-November 2008

    Visiting Researcher at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


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