Dr. Samuli Rautava received his MD and PhD in pediatrics from the University of Turku, Finland. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Dr. Rautava continued his clinical training at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, earning specialist degrees in pediatrics and neonatology. He then completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, where he was presented with the Sick Kids Fellow of the Year Award. Currently, Dr. Rautava works as a Neonatologist at the Turku University Hospital and as Adjunct Professor of Experimental Pediatrics and Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at the University of Turku.
Dr. Rautava’s research efforts focus on the short- and long-term health effects of early microbial contact and the transfer of bacteria from the mother to the infant during fetal life, delivery, and early infancy. Specific areas of interest include the causes of spontaneous preterm birth and the impact of early antibiotic use on infant gut microbiota development and later health. Dr. Rautava conducts clinical trials using probiotics in pregnant and breastfeeding women and preterm infants, complemented with experimental studies in close collaboration with experts in microbiology, immunology, and epigenetics. He is well established in his field, with over 40 scientific papers (H-index of 19) and 14 international invited lectures.