Pregnancy and Genes Research Group people

Group members

Hannele Laivuori

MD, Ph.D., Group Leader

I am an adjunct professor in medical genetics and specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and clinical genetics. My research interests are genetics, molecular mechanisms, risk factors and later life implications of common pregnancy disorders. 

Jenni Heikkinen-Eloranta

MD, PhD, Senior Researcher

I am specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and with special interest in reproductive immunology. I have graduated from University of Turku and I did my thesis Immunoregulation in the human decidua 2003 also in University of Turku. At the time I am full time clinician working in Helsinki University Hospital mainly with obstetric patients.

Tiina Jääskeläinen

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

I received my PhD in clinical nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland in 2010. The research focused on obesity predisposing genes and lifestyle factors. In the current group as a postdoctoral fellow I work with the InterPregGen project which is the first large-scale international effort to identify maternal and fetal susceptibility genes for pre-eclampsia.

Tea Kaartokallio

MSc, Graduate Student

I am a human geneticist currently working on my PhD. In my research I focus on identifying genetic risk factors for pre-eclampsia both in affected families and in general population, mostly with next-generation sequencing methods.

Miira Klemetti

MD, PhD, Researcher

Inkeri Lokki

MSc, Graduate Student

I am an evolutionary geneticist, I studied at University of East Anglia and University of Helsinki. I first became interested in pregnancy disorders in late 2009. Since 2010 I have studied immunogenetics of pre-eclampsia with specific focus on the complement system.

Pia Villa

MD, Graduate Student

I am an MD and specialised in obstetrics and gynecology in University of Helsinki.  I have been working in the PREDO project since it started. I am interested in pregnancy disorders and fetal medicine with  special focus on the prediction and prevention pre-eclampsia.

Katja Murtoniemi

MD, Graduate Student

M.D., Specialist in OB&GYN, graduated from University of Turku 2009. I am a clinician and my particular interest is fetal medicine. I am working on my doctoral thesis in PREDO-project. The topic is ”Prediction of Pre-eclampsia”.

Sanna Suomalainen-König
Jenni Lahtinen

Undergraduate Student

Susanna Mehtälä


I’m clinical laboratory technologist and my responsibilities are taking care of the samples and sample databases in the lab.

Eija Kortelainen

Research Nurse

I am a trained midwife. As the group’s research nurse I am responsible for our clinical databases and assist in the group’s research projects.

Former group members

Pradeep Eranti, Elina Huovari, Leena Järvinen, Ulla Korpela, Aija Lähdesmäki, Paula Maanselkä, Kerttu Majander, Christina Salmén, Anette Sirviö, Siddhesh Utge