Ritva Saastamoinen

PhD, Title of Docent
Research Coordinator, Profi6 Fibrobesity
Biomedicine in general; Human genetics

Research Unit of Biomedicine and Internal Medicine
Faculty of Medicine

My early research interests were generally in trying to understand the predisposing or protective role of genes and non-genetic factors in individual susceptibility to diseases and biologic responses. After completing my PhD in 2001 I was granted a title of Docent in Human Genetics on 2008.

My post-doc research focused on genetics of preterm birth and molecular mechanisms associated with genetic predisposition to multifactorial diseases such as respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in babies born preterm. Ever since, I have widened my scope to versatile tasks related to research, researcher training and academic administration in general.

Having shifted from an active researcher career to coordination tasks, my current research interests are very wide ranging from my special area of scientific expertise on biomedical sciences to the university-level research programmes. I coordinate the multidisciplinary Profi6 research programme Fibrobesity – Preventing Fibrosis Related to Obesity.

Research interests

  • FibroHealth – Combatting Fibrosis in Chronic Diseases
  • Fibrobesity - Preventing Fibrosis Related to Obesity
  • Top Research of the University of Oulu
  • Responsible researcher assessment

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Contact information



Phone number

+358 294 48 5226, +358 50 592 3333

Visiting address

OYS, Oulu University Hospital, Internal Medicine
Kajaanintie 50
Entrance S, room S5 230
90220 Oulu

Postal address

Faculty of Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedicine and Internal Medicine
P.O.Box 5000
FIN-90014 University of Oulu