Experts for the media

Below you'll find the experts and researchers the University of Oulu by themes.

You can also contact the university's communication specialists by email viestinta(at)oulu.fi. E-mail addresses are usually in the form firstname.lastname@oulu.fi
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Coronavirus epidemic

The University of Oulu is well-equipped to take part in the joint efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic with research and other efforts. 

Virus research, children and infections

Lari Lehtiö, Professor of Structural Biology, tel. +358294481169

  • Proteins, structural biology and early stage drug discovery. Research team led by Lehtiö studies a protein of COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus. The coronavirus utilizes this protein to be able to multiply inside the host cell. The team develops methods for screening of inhibitors of this protein as an effective small molecule inhibitor could enable development of a new antiviral drug. 

Aki Manninen, Professor in Cell Biology, tel. +358294486081

  • Viral vectors, viral gene transfer techniques, molecular cell biology, prostate cancer

Seppo Vainio, Professor of Developmental Biology, tel. +358407470939 

  • Secreted extracellular nano- and microvesicle (EVs) roles organogenesis and disease, value as medically relevant biosensors and as bioaerosols in biology and medicine 

Mika Rämet, Professor of Pediatrics (University of Oulu) and Professor of Experimental Immunology (University of Tampere), tel. +358504336276 

  • Pediatrics, neonatology, immunology, infectious diseases, vaccine research

Terhi Tapiainen, Docent, Infection Physician, tel. +35883155185

  • Infections of children, infants and newborn

Jouni Jaakkola, Professor of Public Health, tel. +358406720927

  • Air pollution, climate change, mortality

Juha Auvinen, Professor of General Medicine, tel. +358406736344

  • Lifetime Health and Health Challenges, National Diseases, Population Studies

 

Distance School, Teaching, Learning, Communication Technology

Sanna Järvelä, PhD, Professor in Education, Learning Sciences, tel. +358405777164

  • Learning sciences, learning research, teaching, learning environments, educational technology, self-regulated learning, collaborative learning

 

History of Epidemics

Heini Hakosalo, Docent, Senior Research Fellow, tel. +358445360631

  • History of medicine, health and disease

 

Economic Policy and economic crises

Mikko Puhakka, Professor of Economics, tel. +358503506419

  • Economic crises, fiscal policy, structural change, competitiveness, The U.S. economy and politics, dynamic inefficiency, macroeconomics, international macroeconomics.

 

Investing, saving, share prices

Juha-Pekka Kallunki, Professor of Accounting, tel. +358405672508

  • Financial markets, corporate finance and financial statements, share prices

 

Geography

Anssi Paasi, Professor, Geography, tel. +358 50 9118 247, +358 29448 1703

  • Research on regions, regional identities, and political boundaries. The political geographic impact of corona pandemics. 

 

 

Medicine and health

Healthcare digitalization

Maritta Perälä-Heape, Professor of Practice, Data-enabled Healthcare Solutions and Innovation Ecosystems, tel. +358406734159

  • Data-enabled solutions as part of proactive and supportive health care, research and innovation, human centered data management, Mydata, personalized health and wellbeing, innovation ecosystems

Jarmo Reponen, Professor of Practice, Healthcare Information Systems, tel. +358405412718

  • Healthcare information systems, eHealth, DigitalHealth, usability and assessment of information systems, development and comparison of Finnish healthcare information systems internationally, utilization of AI in medical imaging, education of digitalization for physicians and for dentists

 

Lifetime Health and National Diseases

Juhani Junttila, Professor of Cardiology, tel. +358505444367

  • Sudden cardiac death: causes, genetic background and electrocardiographic risk markers

Jaro Karppinen, Professor of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, tel. +358414462859

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (especially low back pain): etiology, prevention and treatment interventions, population-based studies of musculoskeletal disorders

Raija Korpelainen, Professor of Health Exercise, tel. +358503125746

  • Lifelong determinants and trajectories of physical activity and sedentary behavior, Associations between physical activity, sedentary behavior, health and wellbeing; Societal and economic impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior; Associations between built and natural environment, physical activity, health and wellbeing

 

Environmental changes and health

Tiina Ikäheimo, University Researcher, tel. +358405422968

  • The effects of high and low environmental temperature on performance (physical and cognitive) and health (morbidity, mortality) and their management in healthy or vulnerable populations.

Arja Rautio, Professor in Arctic Research, tel. +358 40 585 5776

  • Effects of climate change, permafrost thaw, and environmental contaminants on health, living conditions and quality of life in the Arctic populations; Indigenous health and well-being, One Health, research ethics

 

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Simo Saarakkala, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, tel. +359400354512

  • Applications of artificial intelligence in medicine

 

 

Environment and sustainable development

Biodiversity

Marko Mutanen, Senior Curator, tel. +358 50 350 5793

  • Biodiversity of insects, especially of butterflies, moths and sawflies; morphological and DNA based identification of insects; DNA based species delimitation and phylogenetic inference

Esa Hohtola, Professor emeritus, Animal Physiology, tel. +358 50 350 2816

  • Animal physiology, especially energetics and temperature regulation of birds and mammals. Ornithology.

Jan Hjort, Professor, Physical Geopraphy, tel. +358 50 400 8707

  • Physical geography; Permafrost; Permafrost hazards; Periglacial processes; Geomorphology and landforms; Palsa mires; Geodiversity; Arctic areas (physical geography and global change); Physical geography of urban environments; Urban climate

Kalevi Mursula, Professor, Space Physics, tel. +358 40 068 8365

  • Solar activity, solar-terrestrial research, solar effects on Earth, including atmospheric and climate effects, solar wind, geospace environment, auroras, magnetic storms, space climate, space weather, atmosphere and climate change in the north

 

Environmental engineering and sustainable use of natural resources

Eva Pongracz, Professor, Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering, tel. +358 284 48 7417

  • Sustainable energy, northern energy and environmental issues, energy transition and carbon neutral energy future, smart grids and energy systems

Jukka Kömi, Professor, Physical Metallurgy, tel. +358 40 549 0311

  • Steels, steel productions, steel applications and environmental issues related to steelmaking.

Ulla Lassi, Professor, Applied Chemistry, tel. +358 40 029 4090

  • Sustainable chemistry; battery technology and inorganic battery chemicals, especially lithium-ion batteries, battery recycling and metal recovery; process chemistry in inorganic circular economy, e.g. catalysis, catalytic materials in biomass processing and water treatment, water treatment chemicals

Mirja Illikainen, Professor, Inorganic Materials in Circular Economy, tel. +358 40 588 5904

  • Circular economy, recycling, waste treatment, utilization of industrial residues, geopolymers, concrete, cement

Riitta Keiski, Professor, Mass and heat transfer (chemical engineering), tel. +358 40 726 3018

  • Sustainable production and energy, clean technologies, air and water emissions abatement and utilization, industrial and mining wastewater purification, process and environmental catalysis, separation processes, sustainability assessment and criteria development, research ethics

Henrikki Liimatainen, Professor (tenure), Nanocellulosic Biomaterials and Chemicals, tel. +358 50 565 9711

  • Nanostructured biomaterials and chemicals derived from lignocellulose and wood materials. Especially fabrication of nano- and microcelluloses, their hybrid structures with inorganics/biomaterials and their applications. Cellulose in packaging, filters and membranes, nanopapers, smart materials, biomedical applications and templated structures.

 

Geography

Anssi Paasi, Professor, Geography, tel. +358 50 9118 247, +358 29448 1703

  • Research on regions, regional identities, and political boundaries. The political geographic impact of corona pandemics.

Jarkko Saarinen, Professor, Human Geography, tel. +358 40 4840 777

  • Tourism and development, sustainability in tourism, tourism and climate change adaptation, tourism-community relations and nature conservation studies

ICT and digitalization

Future wireless information systems 5G and 6G

Matti Latva-aho, Professor, Director of 6G Flagship, tel. +358 40 588 9655

  • 6G research

Ari Pouttu, Professor, 6G Flagship Vice President,  tel. +358 40 543 2694

  • 5G test network and applications, sensor technology, intelligent energy systems, government networks

Jari Iinatti, Professor ,  tel. +358 40532 9403

  • Wireless body networks, wireless medical technology

Markku Juntti, Professor, Director of the Radio Technology Research Unit, Wireless Communication Research Center (CWC), ,  tel. +358 29448 2834

  • Wireless communication technology and signal processing

 

Artificial intelligence, intelligent environments and materials

Timo Ojala, Professor,  tel. +358 40 567 6646

  • Smart environments, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing

Steven LaValle, Professor,  tel. +358 50436 3534

  • Virtual reality, perception engineering

Juha Röning, Professor,  tel. +358 40518 1621

  • Robotics, cyber security

Heli Jantunen, Professor,  tel. +358 40 512 0861

  • Microelectronics, smart and new materials, printed intelligence

Simo Saarakkala, Professor,  tel. +358 40 035 4512

  • Artificial intelligence in medicine

Susanna Pirttikangas, University Researcher,  tel. +358 40 707 8873

  • Artificial intelligence, IoT

Olli Silvén, Professor,  tel. +358 29448 2788

  • Machine vision, signal analysis, artificial intelligence

Tapio Fabritius, Professor,  tel. +358 40 775 7054

  • Printable and flexible electronics, thin film electronics, industrial and biomedical applications of optics and photonics

Markku Oivo, Professor,  tel. +358 40 8227702

  • Digitization, software engineering, software production, software and data intensive services

 

Human-centered digitization

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Professor,  tel. +358 40579 1410

  • Mobile services, new technologies, World Wide Web, persuasive software design

Netta Iivari, Professor,  tel. +358 40 7256412

  • Children and technology, children's technology education, user experience, user-centered and participatory design, ethical issues and usability of technology

Pentti Haddington, Professor of English,  tel. +358 50341 0347

  • Human ability in a digitalizing world, interaction in virtual reality, multimodal interaction analysis

 

Education, humanities, economics

Distance School, Teaching, Learning, Communication Technology

Sanna Järvelä, PhD, Professor in Education, Learning Sciences, tel. +358405777164

  • Learning sciences, learning research, teaching, learning environments, educational technology, self-regulated learning, collaborative learning

 

Human-driven Digitalization

Pentti Haddington, Professor of English Language and Interaction, tel. +358503410347

  • English language, talk, social interaction, language, multimodality, digitalization, virtual reality, crisis interaction, multitasking

 

Sami Identity

Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Professor of Sami Culture, tel. +358405780492

 

Economic Policy and economic crises

Mikko Puhakka, Professor of Economics, tel. +358503506419

  • Economic crises, fiscal policy, structural change, competitiveness, The U.S. economy and politics, dynamic inefficiency, macroeconomics, international macroeconomics.

 

Investing, saving, share prices

Juha-Pekka Kallunki, Professor of Accounting, tel. +358405672508

  • Financial markets, corporate finance and financial statements, share prices