The Faculty is led by the dean, who is selected for a term of four years. The dean shall manage the faculty’s operations and be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the faculty’s duties. The dean shall have overall responsibility for the faculty’s human resources, finances and assets.
Dean Jouni Hirvonen

Dean Jouni Hirvonen

Professor of pharmaceutical technology, dean of the Faculty

Jouni Hirvonen has published over 300 scholarly articles, reviews and book chapters. His primary research areas include controlled drug delivery associated with transdermal drug forms and nanomedicines. The formulation of slightly soluble pharmaceutical agents into functional drugs has been an important part of Hirvonen’s research. In addition, he has contributed actively to research and development projects relating to teaching and education in pharmacy, as well as their publications.

In the coming years, the dean and the Faculty will emphasise in their efforts ideas and measures associated with responsibility and sustainable development, as well as fundraising targeted at promoting sustainability. International scientific and other collaboration networks are an integral part of the dean’s duties. Hirvonen serves as a long-term board member of the doctoral education network ULLA and the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy. 

Executive assistant: Soile Saloranta


Vice-Dean Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma 

I am a professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Helsinki. My research group investigates novel antibiotics as well as compounds that affect protein kinases and the regeneration of heart muscle cells. We also tackle challenges associated with sustainable drug development and contribute to establishing a new synthesis infrastructure with researchers on Kumpula Campus.

In my position as vice-dean, I am responsible for research, research infrastructures, innovation and doctoral education at our Faculty. Collaboration with the University of Helsinki and operators active on Viikki Campus is important especially in terms of infrastructure. My duties also include participation in the profile-building projects in which our Faculty is involved: FinPharma, HOH, UH Brain, UHealth and Matter & Materials. We are also embarking on the establishment of an innovation ecosystem based on our high-quality pharmaceutical research as part of the Viikki innovation community. This will respond to the need to promote research collaboration with businesses and to utilise the many innovations generated by our research. Also on the agenda in the new term are the integration of the University of Helsinki’s research roadmap into Faculty operations and encouraging people to conduct open science.”

Vice-Dean Yli-Kauhaluoma deputises for the dean when Professor Hirvonen is not available.

Vice-Dean Mia Sivén

Mia Sivén is a docent of industrial pharmacy who focuses in her research especially on the special characteristics of pharmacotherapy for special groups from the perspective of drug forms, including the development of innovative forms for paediatric medication and the assessment of drug forms suited to elderly people or companion animals. Her research is targeted at the pharmaceutical processes employed in the manufacture of various drug forms, such as spray drying, and environmental aspects associated with pharmaceutical products. During a researcher exchange period (APC Ltd, Dublin), Sivén has familiarised herself with the continuous production process of biological macromolecules and their conversion into a drug form. In terms of research on learning, she specialises in the development of interactive digital learning environments and AR/VR applications. Mia Sivén is a fellow in the Teachers’ Academy.

Vice-Dean Sivén is responsible for academic affairs and teaching development.

Vice-Dean Yvonne Holm

Vice-Dean Yvonne Holm is a professor of pharmaceutical biology. She specialises in pharmacognosy, which encompasses the analytics and chemotaxonomy of medicinal plants, searching for new drugs from nature and phytotherapy. Holm’s research group, which consists of two postdoctoral researchers and two doctoral students, is conducting ethnopharmacological research and trying to find new antimicrobial substances from certain African plants. 

Vice-Dean Holm is responsible for public engagement and bilingual affairs.