Arctic Health team

VP Research UArctic, Professor Arja Rautio, Group Leader, MD, PhD, European Registered Toxicologist

Dr Rautio has been working in the topic of Arctic health and well-being since 2006. The main research interests are on One health and climate change, Indigenous health and wellbeing, and research ethics. She is PI in several research projects, and acting as a national key expert in the Human Health groups of the AMAP and co-chair of SDWG during 2017-19. She is a board member of IUCH and Chair of NSCH.

Docent Khaled Abass, PhD, European Registered Toxicologist (

Senior Toxicologist. Dr Abass received 2010  his PhD from Faculty of Medicine, U Oulu, and is working as senior researcher. The main research interests are on environmental toxicology and human health risk assessment. In 2014, he has granted Adjunct Professor in Environmental Toxicology from the U Helsinki. He is a member of Human Health assessment group of the AMAP. He is a member of several international and national funded projects.

Dr. Ulla Timlin, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2015, she received her PhD from Faculty of Medicine, U Oulu, Finland. The main research interests are on mental health and well-being, especially on children, youth and families research. Currently she is working in the international EU-funded research project, called “Nunataryuk”. Her main task is to investigate and assess risks associated with climate change and permafrost thaw that affect mental wellness.

Dr. Anastasia Emelyanova, PhD (

Postdoctoral Researcher, Vice-Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Well-being. In 2015, received PhD from Faculty of Medicine, U Oulu. She is an invited author to international projects “Advancing Elderly People’s Agency and Inclusion in the Changing Arctic and Nordic Welfare System”, “Arctic Youth and Sustainable Futures”, “BRICS Countries Cooperation on Population Matters” among others. Main research interests are in demography, ageing and population changes in the Arctic, policy and innovation in Arctic health.

Visiting Fulbright Arctic Scholar, Professor Elizabeth Rink, University of Montana (2018-9)
Master student, health sciences, Sofia Kauppila


Last updated: 28.11.2019