Contacts and supervision

Programme administration and coordination

The doctoral programme planning officer (former "coordinator")

  • Contact person of the programme
  • Administration and communication
  • Planning the programme curriculum and other activities in collaboration with the board

You can make an appointment with the planning officer through eform.

Planning officer
Dr. Mia Vehkaoja
Office: Viikki Biocenter 3, (Viikinkaari 1), room 2801
Tel: +358-2941 58150
Mobile: +358-50-4722525
email: foodhealth-info(at)

Please give feedback and tell your wishes to the programme with this FoodHealth feedback form

FoodHealth director

Professor Vieno Piironen, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Food chemistry


Associate Professor Janne Lundén, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Food hygiene and environmental health

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Student representative

Finding supervisors willing to guide you through your thesis project is one of the most important steps when preparing your application. Here's a few tips to help you succeed:

  • Start early. This means months in advance rather than weeks. Finding the right match can be time-consuming.
  • Do your research. You are more likely to get a positive response if the researchers you approach share your research interests. Approach prospective supervisors as if you were applying for a job – sending the same generic message to various recipients is unlikely to provide the hoped-for results. Familiarise yourself with the supervisors' research profiles, and try to select the people you approach based on mutual research interests.
  • Pay attention to detail. At least one of your supervisors must be employed (permanent or long-term) by the faculty awarding your prospective target degree, and at least one needs to hold the title of docent or similar scientific qualifications – i.e. be a senior researcher in your field. When you find potential supervisors, make sure that at least one of them fulfills these requirements.
  • Be precise. Supervisors receive a lot of emails. When you approach a prospective supervisor, present your topic and motivation in a clear, succinct manner to allow them to easily estimate whether your topic is something they would be interested in supervising and whether it seems feasible.
  • Be patient and prepare for disappointments. In the process of finding a supervisor, you are likely to receive several negative responses – or, sometimes, no response at all. Sometimes your topic is simply not a good match for the person you approached, and sometimes supervisors do not have room for new students in their research groups. If you get a negative response, move on. Also be aware that you may not find a supervisor if your research topic is not widely represented at the University of Helsinki.

Below is a list of people who currently act as supervisors in the doctoral programme. The list is by no means definitive, and is only there to help get you started. The name of each supervisor is linked to their individual research profile in the University of Helsinki Research Portal to help you find out more about their research interests.

From the research portal, you can also look up people for example using keywords related to your research. Keep in mind that the research portal lists all researchers affiliated with the University of Helsinki – including current doctoral students, who should not be considered as prospective supervisors. If the person is employed, you will see their job title on their profile page.

The list of our current supervisors can be found here
Please note that the list includes both students and supervisors. If you're looking for a potential supervisor, look for people having 'Supervisor in doctoral programme' title.

Below you can find a list of all supervisors outside University of Helsinki that is not updated.

Ruralia Institute

Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA

  • Anna-Liisa Myllyniemi, Professor

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes)

  • Kimmo Peltonen, Professor, Director

Folkhälsan Research Center

  • Eva Roos, Docent

National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

  • Satu Männistö, Docent
  • Anja Siitonen, Professor
  • Liisa Valsta, Senior researcher
  • Suvi Virtanen, Professor

Natural Resources Institute Finland, LUKE

University of Eastern Finland

  • Sanna Talvia, Postodoctoral researcher


  • Sari Mustonen, Senior researcher

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd