Docent Aki Sinkkonen is the head of the research consortium ADELE (Autoimmune Defense and Living environment, funded by Business Finland) that employs fifteen persons at three universities. His main research interest is the effects of our everyday living environment on health. ADELE consortium includes Professor Heikki Hyöty's and Professor Juho Rajaniemi's research groups at Tampere University. One of the central goals of ADELE is to utilize cross-disciplinary metadata to reveal novel associations between living environment and health. ADELE consortium and Docent Sinkkonen are collaborating with Principal Investigators at DIPP (Diabetes Prediction and Prevention; Professors Mikael Knip, Jorma Ilonen, Jorma Toppari, Riitta Veijola) and Ikihyvä (Good Ageing in Lahti region) projects as well as Professor Ari Jumpponen and PhD Raisa Valve.
Docent Sinkkonen’s long-term research interests cover the impacts of pollution on microbial communities and plant growth, soil remediation and the ecology of autumn leaf colors. His PhD thesis concentrated on the effect of phytotoxins on plant biomass at varying plant densities. His later studies have covered studies on soil remediation and the ecology of soil microbial communities in collaboration with Professors Rauni Strömmer and Martin Romantschuk. Together with University Lecturer Anna-Lea Rantalainen he has found out that low toxicant concentrations can shape plant populations even though mean size is not affected. Today, this research direction continues in collaboration with PhD Regina Belz. Together with Professor Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer, he has been exploring the consequences of density-dependence of pollutant effects on plants. Sinkkonen has also worked with plant invasiveness in collaboration with Professor Heikki Setälä, associate professor Vesa Hytönen and Professors Kitichate Sridith and Krittika Kaewchumnong. Autumn leaf colors belong to the most impressive displays in nature. As they may play a central role in tree growth and defense, Sinkkonen has investigated them in his spare time and collaborated with Professor Simcha Lev-Yadun and Juha Mikola. Sinkkonen’s other collaborators include Senior Researcher Pertti Pulkkinen, Dr. Tomasz Płociniczak, Dr. Sergio Sorbo, Dr. Magda Pacwa Plociniczak and Professors Polina Galitskaya, Svetlana Selivanovskaya, Onderj Cinek and Zofia Piotrowska-Seget. Sinkkonen is also co-operating with several enterprises, which have led to mutual benefits, i.e., new business models in the form of novel environmental technologies and possibilities to control environmental quality.
- Natural Resources Institute Finland
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4 A, 20520 Turku
- University of Helsinki (5% of the working time)
- Faculty of Biological and Environmental Studies
- Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Niemenkatu 73, 15140 Lahti