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









Rejane Figueiredo









Sajan Raju
Bioinformatician, PhD student









Jannina Viljakainen
PhD student

Elina Engberg









Catharina Sarkkola
Research Coordinator









Sohvi Lommi
PhD student

Folkhälsan Research Centre

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.