My main research interests focuses on how individual circadian rhythm profile associates with life habits, sleep, mental health and chronic disease risks. I am now also expanding to study sleep architecture, sleep spindles and genetics in relation to circadian profile, cognitive function and psychiatric problems.
PhD student (defending thesis on 1st June)
I’m a cognitive scientist with an interest in optimal sleep, and measuring it (accelerometers, EEG, thermometers, consumer gadgets, etc.).
I have worked with SleepHelsinki since the very beginning, and the Glaku cohort since 2013, and am also involved with other research projects (AYLS, PikkuK sibling study), validation studies and different corporate collaborations. My research mainly focuses on the associations between sleep and cognitive functions such as memory, neural development, self-regulation and executive functions, but also basic sleep studies and health outcomes (such as cholesterol levels). Various aspects of sleep continue to fascinate me; I am currently studying the correlations, causes and consequences of sleep duration, circadian regulation, sleep problems and quality, as well as EEG-derived measures, such as spindle activity and sleep architecture.
I have been working in the Glaku project since 2014. I'm interested in how cognitive function relates to measurable neural activity in developing brain. My current work concerns sleep spindles and reasoning performance in late adolescence.
I'm responsible for many of the practicalities conserning SleepHelsinki! -study alongside my team mates. That includes recruiting participants, collecting data as well as planning and putting interventions into practice.
I work as a research assistant in the SleepHelsinki! project. My responsibilities include, for example, test subject recruitment, data pre-processing and sleep coaching to adolescents.