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.

Email: arja.rautio (at) 
Phone number: +358 40 5855776 
Room number: IT233

Docent Khaled Abass, PhD, European Registered Toxicologist (

Senior Toxicologist. Dr Abass received 2010  his PhD from Faculty of Medicine, UOulu, 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.

Email: khaled.megahed (at) 
Phone number: +358 45 1106720 
Room number: IT259

Dr. Ulla Timlin, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2015, she received her PhD from Faculty of Medicine, UOulu, 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.

Email: ulla.timlin (at) 
Phone number: +358 29 4483555, +358 50 4725354
Room number: IT232

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, UOulu. 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.

Email: anastasia.emelyanova (at)  
Phone number: +358 50 5059636 
Room number: IT261


Visiting researchers, young scientists and interns at the Unit:

Dr. Heidi Eriksen, MD, PhD, Utsjoki Health Care Centre 
Prof. Elizabeth Rink, Fulbright Arctic Scholar, University of Montana, 2018-2019
Audrey Waits, Fulbright student, researcher, 2017-2019 

PhD theses:
Anna Reetta Rönkä, UOulu, 2017
Anastasia Emelyanova, UOulu, 2015
Sandra Juutilainen, UOulu, 2017
Maria Kummu, UOulu, on-going

Master’s theses:
Sofia Kauppila, UOulu, 2019-2020
Martine Nielsen, University of Trondheim, 2019-2020
Heidi Soini, UOulu, 2016
Karina Kuniniva, UOulu, 2016
Mashim Mengal, UOulu, 2015
Mahesh Adhikari, UOulu, 2015
Ata Bos, UOulu, 2015
Ida Helotie, University of Tampere, 2020-2021 (on-going)

Olga Meglinskaya, UOulu, Jan 2019


How to find us:  

Thule Institute
Paavo Havaksen tie 3   
Ympäristötietotalo / Environmental Sciences Building
Linnanmaa Campus
University of Oulu

Last updated: 30.6.2020