Kulmala Petri

Allergology and mmunology study group


Research unit: PEDEGO


Group leader

Petri Kulmala, MD, PhD


What do we do

The main focus of our research group is to elucidate immunologic mechanisms of the development of normal tolerance in healthy children and in the immunopathogenesis of food allergy. In addition, we test new strategies for prevention of food allergy in infancy, and study the immunologic mechanism of food desensitization therapy. The expected results from the current project will provide fundamental new scientific data on the regulatory and effector mechanism in the development and active induction of immunologic tolerance in healthy individuals and in children with manifest food allergy. In addition, we study the regulation of immune response in various other diseases (e.g. other allergic diseases, childhood rheumatoid disease and type 1 diabetes) in collaborative projects.


Our team

  • Dunder Teija (MD, PhD), Oulu, Finland
  • Kelempisioti Anthi (PhD), Oulu, Finland
  • Pyrhönen Kaisa (MD, PhD), Oulu, Finland
  • Varis Laura (BM), Oulu, Finland
  • Yrjänä Jaakko (MD), Oulu, Finland


Where are we headed

Our future goal is to further characterize immunopathogenesis of food allergy and to develop new preventive and treatment strategies for food allergy. Furthermore, effort is put to enhance active local, national and international collaborative network in the field of clinical immunology.


Our main collaborators

Virpi Glumoff (PhD), Oulu, Finland
Marita Valkama (MD, PhD), Oulu, Finland
Prof. Mika Mäkelä (MD, PhD), Helsinki, Finland
Paula Vähäsalo (MD, PhD), Oulu, Finland
Rüdiger Schultz (MD, PhD), Tampere, Finland
Prof. Hans D Ochs and Prof. Troy R. Torgerson, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


How to find us


Last updated: 9.7.2019