Antti Knaapila

PhD, Docent (Adjunct professor)

  • PL 66 (Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2)




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Personal profile

Research interests

Smell and taste, sensory quality of foods (especially new protein sources) and underlying factors, sensory analysis methods, consumers' responses to foods (especially to new foods), digital tools in sensory and consumer research.

Education information

2008 PhD (Food Science), University of Helsinki.

2004 MSc (Food Science), University of Helsinki.

Curriculum vitae

10/2023 to present: Research Coordinator, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

1/2020 - 9/2023: University Researcher, University of Helsinki, Department of Food and Nutrition.

9/2016 - 12/2019: University Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Department of Food and Nutrition.

9/2011 - 8/2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turku, Department of Biochemistry.

1/2009 - 6/2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

1/2004 - 12/2008: Doctoral Researcher (PhD student), University of Helsinki, Department of Food and Nutrition.

Description of research and teaching

Research. I have worked in various research positions since 2004. Major areas of my research have been olfaction (the sense of smell), attitudes to new foods, and factors influencing sensory properties of foods. Recently, I have been studying new plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods. I am an author of 34 scientific original articles, two review articles, and one book chapter. My H index is 22 (Web of Science, all databases, 28 Nov 2023).

Teaching. I have given lectures and supervised theses since 2012. I was responsible for the teaching of sensory food science (courses at bachelor and master levels) at the Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki, from fall 2016 to the end of 2019. I have supervised over ten completed master's theses, and several bachelor's theses. Furthermore, I am involved in supervision of doctoral researchers.

External positions

Entrepreneur (part-time), Kokotupa Osaamispalvelut

1 Jan 2020 → …

Fields of Science

  • 416 Food Science
  • Sensory food science
  • Olfaction
  • Taste
  • Eating behavior
  • Sensory analysis
  • Consumer studies
  • Consumer behaviour

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.