Aino Rantala

Aino Rantala


Postdoctoral Researcher
Public health

17 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 211 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 51 citations. The author has a h-index of 8.00. (Scopus)


The research of Dr. Aino Rantala focuses on the effects of exposures during pregnancy and early childhood on development of different diseases, such as asthma. The aim is to investigate the causal pathways from pre- and postnatal exposures to the development of asthma.

Research interests

  • Early exposures
  • Environmental exposures
  • Asthma
  • Causal pathways

Research funding

  • 2020, European Respiratory Society, Long-Term Research Fellowship for a visit at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway: The use of various methodological approaches and data to elucidate the effect of pre- and postnatal exposures, including infections, use of antibiotics and vaccination, on asthma.
  • 2019, European Respiratory Society, Short-Term Research Fellowship for a visit at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway: Causal pathways from maternal infections and use of antibiotics during pregnancy to the asthma in offspring
  • 2017-2020, Medical Research Center Oulu, Postdoctoral positions

Social media

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member of European Respiratory Society (ERS)

Research groups

  • Researcher, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
  • Researcher, Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study

Selected publications

  • Siddika, Nazeeba; Rantala, Aino K:; Antikainen, Harri; Balogun, Hamudat; Amegah, A. Kofi; Ryti, Niilo R.I.; Kukkonen, Jaakko; Sofiev, Mikhail; Jaakkola, Maritta S.; Jaakkola, Jouni J.K. (2019) Synergistic effects of prenatal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) on the risk of preterm birth: A population-based cohort study. - Environmental research 176, 108549 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mehtonen, I.T.; Rantala, A.K.; Hugg, T.T.; Jaakkola, M.S.; Jaakkola, J.J.K. (2019) Dental caries is associated with lower respiratory tract infections: A population-based cohort study. - Respiratory medicine 158 (October-November), 1-5 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Rantala, Aino K.; Mehtonen, Ilkka T.; Jaakkola, Maritta S.; Näyhä, Simo; Hugg, Timo T.; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2016) Early respiratory infections and dental caries in the first 27 years of life : A population-based cohort study. - PLoS One 11 (12), e0168141 .
  • Rantala, Aino K.; Jaakkola, Maritta S.; Mäkikyrö, Elina M. S.; Hugg, Timo T.; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2015) Early Respiratory Infections and the Development of Asthma in the First 27 Years of Life. - American journal of epidemiology 182 (7), 615-623
  • Paaso, Elina: Jaakkola, Maritta S.; Rantala, Aino-Kaisa; Hugg, Timo T.; Jaakkola, Jouni J. (2014) Allergic diseases and asthma in the family predict the persistence and onset-age of asthma : a prospective cohort study. - Respiratory research 15 (1), 152 .
  • Rantala, Aino; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Jaakkola, Maritta S. (2013) Respiratory infections in adults with atopic disease and IgE antibodies to common aeroallergens. - PLoS One 8 (7), e68582 .
  • Rantala A, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS (2011) Respiratory infections precede adult-onset asthma. - PLoS One 6 (12), e27912 .

Thesis supervisions

PhD thesis
  • Second supervisor to doctoral student Ilkka Mehtonen 2016-

MSc thesis
  • Second supervisor to Jari Korvuo, biology, 2009

Research visits

  • Visiting Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway

    Research collaboration in the MoBa asthma research group.

  • Visiting Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway