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Niina
Pitkänen
Institute of Biomedicine

Contact

+358 29 450 4364
+358 50 406 3612
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

genetics
genomics
statistics
bioinformatics
epidemiology
cardiovascular diseases
metabolic diseases
risk factors

Biography


EDUCATION AND DEGREES

2011   PhD, Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland

1999   MSc, Genetics, University of Turku

CURRENT POSITION

Senior scientist, Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Turku

PAST POSITIONS

2013 – 2015   Post-doctoral researcher/study coordinator, Institute of Clinical Medicine / Neurology,    University of Eastern Finland

2011 - 2013   Senior scientist, Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Turku

2002 - 2011   Post-graduate student, Department of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland


Publications

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A novel common variant in DCST2 is associated with length in early life and height in adulthood (2015)

Human Molecular Genetics
van der Valk RJP, Kreiner-Moller E, Kooijman MN, Guxens M, Stergiakouli E, Saaf A, Bradfield JP, Geller F, Hayes MG, Cousminer DL, Korner A, Thiering E, Curtin JA, Myhre R, Huikari V, Joro R, Kerkhof M, Warrington NM, Pitkanen N, Ntalla I, Horikoshi M, Veijola R, Freathy RM, Teo YY, Barton SJ, Evans DM, Kemp JP, St Pourcain B, Ring SM, Smith GD, Bergstrom A, Kull I, Hakonarson H, Mentch FD, Bisgaard H, Chawes B, Stokholm J, Waage J, Eriksen P, Sevelsted A, Melbye M, van Duijn CM, Medina-Gomez C, Hofman A, de Jongste JC, Taal HR, Uitterlinden AG, Armstrong LL, Eriksson J, Palotie A, Bustamante M, Estivill X, Gonzalez JR, Llop S, Kiess W, Mahajan A, Flexeder C, Tiesler CMT, Murray CS, Simpson A, Magnus P, Sengpiel V, Hartikainen AL, Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi S, Lewin A, Alves ADC, Blakemore AI, Buxton JL, Kaakinen M, Rodriguez A, Sebert S, Vaarasmaki M, Lakka T, Lindi V, Gehring U, Postma DS, Ang W, Newnham JP, Lyytikainen LP, Pahkala K, Raitakari OT, Panoutsopoulou K, Zeggini E, Boomsma DI, Groen-Blokhuis M, Ilonen J, Franke L, Hirschhorn JN, Pers TH, Liang L, Huang J, Hocher B, Knip M, Saw SM, Holloway JW, Melen E, Grant SFA, Feenstra B, Lowe WL, Widen E, Sergeyev E, Grallert H, Custovic A, Jacobsson B, Jarvelin MR, Atalay M, Koppelman GH, Pennell CE, Niinikoski H, Dedoussis GV, Mccarthy MI, Frayling TM, Sunyer J, Timpson NJ, Rivadeneira F, Bonnelykke K, Jaddoe VWV
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Genome-wide association study of sexual maturation in males and females highlights a role for body mass and menarche loci in male puberty (2014)

Human Molecular Genetics
Cousminer DL, Stergiakouli E, Berry DJ, Ang W, Groen-Blokhuis MM, Korner A, Siitonen N, Ntalla I, Marinelli M, Perry JRB, Kettunen J, Jansen R, Surakka I, Timpson NJ, Ring S, Mcmahon G, Power C, Wang C, Kahonen M, Viikari J, Lehtimaki T, Middeldorp CM, Pol HEH, Neef M, Weise S, Pahkala K, Niinikoski H, Zeggini E, Panoutsopoulou K, Bustamante M, Penninx BWJH, Murabito J, Torrent M, Dedoussis GV, Kiess W, Boomsma DI, Pennell CE, Raitakari OT, Hypponen E, Smith GD, Ripatti S, McCarthy MI, Widen E
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Parent-of-origin-specific allelic associations among 106 genomic loci for age at menarche (2014)

Nature
Perry JR, Day F, Elks CE, Sulem P, Thompson DJ, Ferreira T, He C, Chasman DI, Esko T, Thorleifsson G, Albrecht E, Ang WQ, Corre T, Cousminer DL, Feenstra B, Franceschini N, Ganna A, Johnson AD, Kjellqvist S, Lunetta KL, McMahon G, Nolte IM, Paternoster L, Porcu E, Smith AV, Stolk L, Teumer A, Tšernikova N, Tikkanen E, Ulivi S, Wagner EK, Amin N, Bierut LJ, Byrne EM, Hottenga JJ, Koller DL, Mangino M, Pers TH, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Hua Zhao J, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Atsma F, Bandinelli S, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Blomqvist C, Bojesen SE, Bolla MK, Bonanni B, Brauch H, Brenner H, Buring JE, Chang-Claude J, Chanock S, Chen J, Chenevix-Trench G, Collée JM, Couch FJ, Couper D, Coviello AD, Cox A, Czene K, D'adamo AP, Davey Smith G, De Vivo I, Demerath EW, Dennis J, Devilee P, Dieffenbach AK, Dunning AM, Eiriksdottir G, Eriksson JG, Fasching PA, Ferrucci L, Flesch-Janys D, Flyger H, Foroud T, Franke L, Garcia ME, García-Closas M, Geller F, de Geus EE, Giles GG, Gudbjartsson DF, Gudnason V, Guénel P, Guo S, Hall P, Hamann U, Haring R, Hartman CA, Heath AC, Hofman A, Hooning MJ, Hopper JL, Hu FB, Hunter DJ, Karasik D, Kiel DP, Knight JA, Kosma VM, Kutalik Z, Lai S, Lambrechts D, Lindblom A, Mägi R, Magnusson PK, Mannermaa A, Martin NG, Masson G, McArdle PF, McArdle WL, Melbye M, Michailidou K, Mihailov E, Milani L, Milne RL, Nevanlinna H, Neven P, Nohr EA, Oldehinkel AJ, Oostra BA, Palotie A, Peacock M, Pedersen NL, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Pharoah PD, Postma DS, Pouta A, Pylkäs K, Radice P, Ring S, Rivadeneira F, Robino A, Rose LM, Rudolph A, Salomaa V, Sanna S, Schlessinger D, Schmidt MK, Southey MC, Sovio U, Stampfer MJ, Stöckl D, Storniolo AM, Timpson NJ, Tyrer J, Visser JA, Vollenweider P, Völzke H, Waeber G, Waldenberger M, Wallaschofski H, Wang Q, Willemsen G, Winqvist R, Wolffenbuttel BH, Wright MJ; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study; GENICA Network; kConFab; LifeLines Cohort Study; InterAct Consortium; Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, Boomsma DI, Econs MJ, Khaw KT, Loos RJ, McCarthy MI, Montgomery GW, Rice JP, Streeten EA, Thorsteinsdottir U, van Duijn CM, Alizadeh BZ, Bergmann S, Boerwinkle E, Boyd HA, Crisponi L, Gasparini P, Gieger C, Harris TB, Ingelsson E, Järvelin MR, Kraft P, Lawlor D, Metspalu A, Pennell CE, Ridker PM, Snieder H, Sørensen TI, Spector TD, Strachan DP, Uitterlinden AG, Wareham NJ, Widen E, Zygmunt M, Murray A, Easton DF, Stefansson K, Murabito JM, Ong KK, Cousminer DL, Stergiakouli E, Berry DJ, Ang W, Groen-Blokhuis MM, Körner A, Siitonen N, Ntalla I, Marinelli M, Perry JR, Kettunen J, Jansen R, Surakka I, Timpson NJ, Ring S, McMahon G, Power C, Wang C, Kähönen M, Viikari J, Lehtimäki T, Middeldorp CM, Hulshoff Pol HE, Neef M, Weise S, Pahkala K, Niinikoski H, Zeggini E, Panoutsopoulou K, Bustamante M, Penninx BW, Murabito J, Torrent M, Dedoussis GV, Kiess W, Boomsma DI, Pennell CE, Raitakari OT, Hyppönen E, Davey Smith G, Ripatti S, McCarthy MI, Widén E, Alizadeh BZ, de Boer RA, Boezen HM, Bruinenberg M, Franke L, van der Harst P, Hillege HL, van der Klauw MM, Navis G, Ormel J, Postma D, Rosmalen JG, Slaets JP, Snieder H, Stolk RP, Wolffenbuttel BH, Wijmenga C, Forouhi N, Kerrison ND, Langenberg C, Scott RA, Sharp SJ, Sims M, Barroso I, Deloukas P, McCarthy MI, Arriola L, Balkau B, Barricarte A, Boeing H, Franks PW, Gonzalez C, Grioni S, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Navarro C, Nilsson PM, Overvad K, Palli D, Panico S, Quirós J, Rolandsson O, Sacerdote C, Sánchez MJ, Slimani N, Tjonneland A, Tumino R, van der A DL, van der Schouw YT, Riboli E, Wareham NJ, Bowtell DD, Green A, Chenevix-Trench G, deFazio A, Gertig D, Webb PM, Brauch H, Justenhoven C, Hamann U, Ko YD, Baisch C, Fischer HP, Pesch B, Rabstein S, Spickenheuer A, Harth V, Aghmesheh M, Amor D, Andrews L, Antill Y, Armitage S, Arnold L, Balleine R, Bankier A, Bastick P, Beesley J, Beilby J, Bennett I, Bennett B, Berry G, Blackburn A, Bogwitz M, Brennan M, Brown M, Buckley M, Burgess M, Burke J, Butow P, Byron K, Callen D, Campbell I, Chauhan D, Chenevix-Trench G, Christian A, Clarke C, Colley A, Cotton D, Crook A, Cui J, Culling B, Cummings M, Dawson SJ, deFazio A, Delatycki M, Dickson R, Dixon J, Dobrovic A, Dudding T, Edkins T, Edwards S, Eisenbruch M, Farshid G, Fawcett S, Fellows A, Fenton G, Field M, Firgaira F, Flanagan J, Fleming J, Fong P, Forbes J, Fox S, French J, Friedlander M, Gaff C, Gardner M, Gattas M, George P, Giles G, Gill G, Goldblatt J, Greening S, Grist S, Eric H, Hardie K, Harris M, Hart S, Hayward N, Healey S, Heiniger L, Hopper J, Humphrey E, Hunt C, James P, Jenkins M, Jones A, Kefford R, Kidd A, Kiely B, Kirk J, Koehler J, Kollias J, Kovalenko S, Lakhani S, Leaming A, Leary J, Lim J, Lindeman G, Lipton L, Lobb L, Mann G, Marsh D, McLachlan SA, Meiser B, Meldrum C, Milne R, Mitchell G, Newman B, O'Connell S, O'Loughlin I, Osborne R, Pachter N, Patterson B, Peters L, Phillips K, Price M, Purser L, Reeve J, Reeve T, Richards R, Rickard E, Robinson B, Rudzki B, Saleh M, Salisbury E, Sambrook J, Saunders C, Saunus J, Sayer R, Scott E, Scott R, Scott C, Seshadri R, Sexton A, Sharma R, Shelling A, Simpson P, Southey M, Spurdle A, Suthers G, Sykes P, Taylor D, Taylor J, Thierry B, Thompson E, Thorne H, Townshend S, Trainer A, Tran L, Tucker K, Tyler J, Visvader J, Walker L, Walpole I, Waring P, Warner B, Warren G, Williams R, Wilson J, Winship I, Wu K, Young MA
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Common variants at 6q22 and 17q21 are associated with intracranial volume (2012)

Nature Genetics
Ikram MA, Fornage M, Smith AV, Seshadri S, Schmidt R, Debette S, Vrooman HA, Sigurdsson S, Ropele S, Taal HR, Mook-Kanamori DO, Coker LH, Longstreth WT, Niessen WJ, DeStefano AL, Beiser A, Zijdenbos AP, Struchalin M, Jack CR, Rivadeneira F, Uitterlinden AG, Knopman DS, Hartikainen AL, Pennell CE, Thiering E, Steegers EAP, Hakonarson H, Heinrich J, Palmer LJ, Jarvelin MR, McCarthy MI, Grant SFA, St Pourcain B, Timpson NJ, Smith GD, Sovio U, Nalls MA, Au R, Hofman A, Gudnason H, van der Lugt A, Harris TB, Meeks WM, Vernooij MW, van Buchem MA, Catellier D, Jaddoe VWV, Gudnason V, Windham BG, Wolf PA, van Duijn CM, Mosley TH, Schmidt H, Launer LJ, Breteler MMB, DeCarli C, Adair LS, Ang W, Atalay M, vanBeijsterveldt T, Bergen N, Benke K, Berry D, Coin L, Davis OSP, Elliott P, Flexeder C, Frayling T, Gaillard R, Groen-Blokhuis M, Goh LK, Haworth CMA, Hadley D, Hedebrand J, Hinney A, Hirschhorn JN, Holloway JW, Holst C, Hottenga JJ, Horikoshi M, Huikari V, Hypponen E, Kilpelainen TO, Kirin M, Kowgier M, Lakka HM, Lange LA, Lawlor DA, Lehtimaki T, Lewin A, Lindgren C, Lindi V, Maggi R, Marsh J, Middeldorp C, Millwood I, Murray JC, Nivard M, Nohr EA, Ntalla I, Oken E, Panoutsopoulou K, Pararajasingham J, Rodriguez A, Salem RM, Sebert S, Siitonen N, Strachan DP, Teo YY, Valcarcel B, Willemsen G, Zeggini E, Boomsma DI, Cooper C, Gillman M, Hocher B, Lakka TA, Mohlke KL, Dedoussis GV, Ong KK, Pearson ER, Price TS, Power C, Raitakari OT, Saw SM, Scherag A, Simell O, Sorensen TIA, Wilson JF
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases 4 (TIMP4) in a population of young adults: Relations to cardiovascular risk markers and carotid artery intima-media thickness. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2012)

Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Oikonen M, Wendelin-Saarenhovi M, Siitonen N, Sainio A, Juonala M, Kahonen M, Lyytikainen LP, Seppala I, Lehtimaki T, Viikari JSA, Jarvelainen H, Raitakari OT
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Common variants at 12q15 and 12q24 are associated with infant head circumference (2012)

Nature Genetics
Taal HR, St Pourcain B, Thiering E, Das S, Mook-Kanamori DO, Warrington NM, Kaakinen M, Kreiner-Moller E, Bradfield JP, Freathy RM, Geller F, Guxens M, Cousminer DL, Kerkhof M, Timpson NJ, Ikram MA, Beilin LJ, Bonnelykke K, Buxton JL, Charoen P, Chawes BLK, Eriksson J, Evans DM, Hofman A, Kemp JP, Kim CE, Klopp N, Lahti J, Lye SJ, McMahon G, Mentch FD, Muller-Nurasyid M, O'Reilly PF, Prokopenko I, Rivadeneira F, Steegers EAP, Sunyer J, Tiesler C, Yaghootkar H, Breteler MMB, Debette S, Fornage M, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, van der Lugt A, Mosley TH, Seshadri S, Smith AV, Vernooij MW, Blakemore AIF, Chiavacci RM, Feenstra B, Fernandez-Banet J, Grant SFA, Hartikainen AL, van der Heijden AJ, Iniguez C, Lathrop M, McArdle WL, Molgaard A, Newnham JP, Palmer LJ, Palotie A, Pouta A, Ring SM, Sovio U, Standl M, Uitterlinden AG, Wichmann HE, Vissing NH, DeCarli C, van Duijn CM, McCarthy MI, Koppelman GH, Estivill X, Hattersley AT, Melbye M, Bisgaard H, Pennell CE, Widen E, Hakonarson H, Smith GD, Heinrich J, Jarvelin MR, Jaddoe VWV, Adair LS, Ang W, Atalay M, van Beijsterveldt T, Bergen N, Benke K, Berry D, Bradfield JP, Charoen P, Coin L, Cousminer DL, Das S, Davis OSP, Elliott P, Evans DM, Feenstra B, Flexeder C, Frayling T, Freathy RM, Gaillard R, Geller F, Groen-Blokhuis M, Goh LK, Guxens M, Haworth CMA, Hadley D, Hedebrand J, Hinney A, Hirschhorn JN, Holloway JW, Holst C, Hottenga JJ, Horikoshi M, Huikari V, Hypponen E, Iniguez C, Kaakinen M, Kilpelainen TO, Kirin M, Kowgier M, Lakka HM, Lange LA, Lawlor DA, Lehtimaki T, Lewin A, Lindgren C, Lindi V, Maggi R, Marsh J, Middeldorp C, Millwood I, Mook-Kanamori DO, Murray JC, Nivard M, Nohr EA, Ntalla I, Oken E, O'Reilly PF, Palmer LJ, Panoutsopoulou K, Pararajasingham J, Prokopenko I, Rodriguez A, Salem RM, Sebert S, Siitonen N, Sovio U, St Pourcain B, Strachan DP, Sunyer J, Taal HR, Teo YY, Thiering E, Tiesler C, Uitterlinden AG, Valcarcel B, Warrington NM, White S, Willemsen G, Yaghootkar H, Zeggini E, Boomsma DI, Cooper C, Estivill X, Gillman M, Grant SFA, Hakonarson H, Hattersley AT, Heinrich J, Hocher B, Jaddoe VWV, Jarvelin MR, Lakka TA, McCarthy MI, Melbye M, Mohlke KL, Dedoussis GV, Ong KK, Pearson ER, Pennell CE, Price TS, Power C, Raitakari OT, Saw SM, Scherag A, Simell O, Sorensen TIA, Timpson NJ, Widen E, Wilson JF, Ang W, van Beijsterveldt T, Bergen N, Benke K, Berry D, Bradfield JP, Charoen P, Coin L, Cousminer DL, Das S, Elliott P, Evans DM, Frayling T, Freathy RM, Gaillard R, Groen-Blokhuis M, Guxens M, Hadley D, Hottenga JJ, Huikari V, Hypponen E, Kaakinen M, Kowgier M, Lawlor DA, Lewin A, Lindgren C, Marsh J, Middeldorp C, Millwood I, Mook-Kanamori DO, Nivard M, O'Reilly PF, Palmer LJ, Prokopenko I, Rodriguez A, Sebert S, Sovio U, St Pourcain B, Standl M, Strachan DP, Sunyer J, Taal HR, Thiering E, Tiesler C, Uitterlinden AG, Valcarcel B, Warrington NM, White S, Willemsen G, Yaghootkar H, Boomsma DI, Estivill X, Grant SFA, Hakonarson H, Hattersley AT, Heinrich J, Jaddoe VWV, Jarvelin MR, McCarthy MI, Pennell CE, Power C, Timpson NJ, Widen E, Ikram MA, Fornage M, Smith AV, Seshadri S, Schmidt R, Debette S, Vrooman HA, Sigurdsson S, Ropele S, Coker LH, Longstreth WT, Niessen WJ, DeStefano AL, Beiser A, Zijdenbos AP, Struchalin M, Jack CR, Nalls MA, Au R, Hofman A, Gudnason H, van der Lugt A, Harris TB, Meeks WM, Vernooij MW, van Buchem MA, Catellier D, Gudnason V, Windham BG, Wolf PA, van Duijn CM, Mosley TH, Schmidt H, Launer LJ, Breteler MMB, DeCarli C
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))