Research group

The Fin-HIT Study is coordinated at the Folkhälsan Research Center in Helsinki. The study is led by Docent Heli Viljakainen. The research group consists of members whose specialties are in genetics, microbiology, epidemiology, statistics, public health, nutrition science and exercise medicine.

Members of the Research Group










Heli Viljakainen
Group Leader
Docent (nutrition), University of Helsinki

ORCID: 0000-0002-7486-3437









Rejane Figueiredo

ORCID: 0000-0002-0688-990X









Sajan Raju
Bioinformatician, PhD student

ORCID: 0000-0002-4443-9504









Jannina Viljakainen-Diop
PhD student

ORCID: 0000-0002-0542-0536

Elina Engberg

ORCID: 0000-0002-8713-5607









Catharina Sarkkola
Research Coordinator

ORCID: 0000-0003-4235-7983









Sohvi Lommi
PhD student

ORCID: 0000-0002-4393-5725

Current and previous collaborating researchers:

Elisabete Weiderpass
Trine Rounge
Sabina Simola-Ström
Stephanie von Kraemer
Ilana Eshriqui


Folkhälsan Research Center

The Folkhälsan Research Center, located in Helsinki, focuses on biomedical and health science research organized in two research programs, the Genetics Research Program and the Public Health Research Program. Fin-HIT belongs to the field of genetic epidemiology which is a part of Genetic Research Program. The number of scientists and other personnel affiliated with the Center is approximately 200. Fin-HIT office is located in Folkhälsan’s main building on Topeliuksenkatu.