Taina Lajunen

Taina Lajunen


Docent, Adjunct professor, Postdoctoral researcher
Public health

27 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 1920 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 1242 citations. The author has a h-index of 12.00. (Scopus 13.2.2019)


Docent in Public health, Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu.


Genetic association studies, gene-environment interaction studies and epidemiological studies.

Research interests

  • Gene-environment interaction, genetics, asthma, tobacco-smoke exposure

Social media

Scientific merits

Research groups

  • Researcher, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
  • Researcher in a group of Jouni and Maritta Jaakkola, Medical Research Center Oulu

Selected publications

  • Dupuis J, Langenberg C, Prokopenko I, Saxena R, Soranzo N, Jackson AU, Wheeler E, Glazer NL, Bouatia-Naji N et al. & Hartikainen A-L, Kaakinen M, Kesäniemi YA, Ruokonen A, Järvelin M-R (2010) New genetic loci implicated in fasting glucose homeostasis and their impact on type 2 diabetes risk. - Nature Genetics 42 (2), 105-116 . [Original]
  • Lajunen, Taina K; Jaakkola, Jouni J K; Jaakkola, Maritta S (2013) The Synergistic Effect of Heredity and Exposure to Second-hand Smoke on Adult-onset Asthma. - American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 188 (7), 776-782 .
  • Lajunen, Taina K; Jaakkola, Jouni J; Jaakkola, Maritta S (2013) Influence of heredity on asthma continues to adulthood. - Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 131 (3), 916-918 .
  • Lajunen, T. K.; Jaakkola, J. J. K.; Jaakkola, M. S. (2016) Interleukin 6 SNP rs1800797 associates with the risk of adult-onset asthma. - Genes and immunity 17 (3), 193-198 .
  • Lajunen, Taina K.; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Jaakkola, Maritta S. (2018) IL6 polymorphisms modify the effects of smoking on the risk of adult asthma. - Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 141 (2), 799-+ . [Original]
  • Wang, Y. -C.; Jaakkola, M. S.; Lajunen, T. K.; Lai, C. -H.; Jaakkola, J. J. K. (2018) Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome among subjects with newly diagnosed adult-onset asthma. - Allergy 73 (7), 1554-1557 . [Original]

Research visits

  • The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, UK

    Visiting researcher, 2 months period