Research group

The Fin-HIT Study is coordinated at the Folkhälsan Research Center in Helsinki and 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


Catharina Sarkkola
Research coordinator

ORCID: 0000-0003-4235-7983



Elina Engberg
Postdoctoral researcher

ORCID: 0000-0002-8713-5607



Muhammed Manzoor
Postdoctoral researcher

ORCID: 0000-0002-7939-1563



Sohvi Lommi
Doctoral candidate

ORCID: 0000-0002-4393-5725



Binu Mathew
Bioinformatician, data manager




Laura Räisänen
Doctoral candidate

ORCID: 0000-0002-4892-5710




Current and previous collaborating researchers

Elisabete Weiderpass
Trine Rounge
Sabina Simola-Ström
Stephanie von Kraemer
Ilana Eshriqui
Rejane Figueiredo
Ellen De Paepe
Sajan Raju
Hely Tuorila
Kaija-Leena Kolho
Jussi Furuholm
Jari Lahti


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.