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, principal investigator
Docent (nutrition), University of Helsinki

ORCID: 0000-0002-7486-3437




Catharina Sarkkola
Doctoral researcher

ORCID: 0000-0003-4235-7983





Sohvi Lommi
Postdoctoral researcher

ORCID: 0000-0002-4393-5725





Laura Räisänen
Postdoctoral researcher

ORCID: 0000-0002-4892-5710




Nitin Agrawal
Postdoctoral researcher
ORCID: 0000-0002-9482-3440




Kris Elomaa
Data manager





Emilia Ankkuri
Research coordinator




Dylan Pashley
Data manager






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
Jannina Viljakainen-Diop
Elina Engberg
Muhammed Manzoor
Binu Mathew
Marja Leppänen
Jukka Hintikka
Satu Männistö
Niina Kaartinen
Dolores Corella
Jukka Leinonen
Christian Milani
Pirkko Pussinen
Timo Lakka



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 is a part of the Public Health 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.