Aino-Kaisa Rantala

Aino RantalaTitle:
Postdoctoral Researcher

MSc, 2007, University of Oulu
PhD, 2010, University of Oulu

Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu


Visiting address:
Aapistie 5B, 1st floor

Room number:

Phone number:
+358 40 672 4478

Aino-Kaisa.Rantala (at)

Expertise: Epidemiological studies and methods. Longitudinal data analysis of cohort and register studies. Research on respiratory infections, air pollution and asthma.

Research fields: The effects of exposures during pregnancy and early childhood on development of different diseases, such as asthma. Respiratory infections and development of asthma. Maternal antibiotic use and infections during pregnancy and asthma in offspring. Air pollution exposure, pregnancy outcomes and development of respiratory diseases. Respiratory infections and dental caries. Environmental exposures and COVID-19 infection.

Personal grants:
Medical Research Center Oulu (MRC) Postdoctoral position
European Respiratory Society (ERS) Short-Term Research Fellowship
European Respiratory Society (ERS) Long-Term Research Fellowship

Selected publications:

  • Rantala AK, Magnus MC, Karlstad Ø, Stigum H, Håberg S, Nafstad P, Nystad W, Jaakkola JJK. Is the association of day care attendance with childhood asthma explained by underlying susceptibility? Epidemiology 2020;31: 451–458.
  • Siddika N, Rantala AK, Antikainen H, Balogun H, Amegah KA, Ryti NRI, Kukkonen J, Sofiev M, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Short-term prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution and risk of preterm birth - A population-based cohort study in Finland. Environmental Research 2020;184: 109290
  • Mehtonen IT, Rantala AK, Hugg TT, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Dental caries is associated with lower respiratory tract infections: A population-based cohort study. Respiratory Medicine 2019; 158:1-5.
  • Siddika N, Rantala AK, Antikainen H, Balogun H, Amegah KA, Ryti NRI, Kukkonen J, Sofiev M, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Synergistic Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Ozone (O3) on the Risk of Preterm Birth: A Population-based Cohort Study. Environmental Research 2019; 176:108549
  • Rantala AK, Jaakkola MS, Mäkikyrö EMS, Hugg TT, Jaakkola JJK. Early Respiratory Infections and the Development of Asthma in the First 27 Years of Life. Am J Epidemiol 2015; 182(7):615-23.
  • Rantala A, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS. Respiratory Infections in Adults with Atopic Disease and IgE Antibodies to Common Aeroallergens. PLOS One 2013; 8(7):e68582.
  • Rantala A, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS. Respiratory infections precede adult-onset asthma. PLOS One 2011; 6(12):e27912.
  • Rantala A, Lajunen T, Juvonen R, Bloigu A, Silvennoinen-Kassinen S, Peitso A, Saikku P, Vainio O, Leinonen M. Mannose-binding lectin concentrations, MBL2 polymorphisms, and susceptibility to respiratory tract infections in young men. J Infect Dis 2008; 198(8):1247-53


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Last updated: 15.4.2020