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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching


Professional Experience and Training

Professor emerita, 2016-,  Full professor 1998–2016 (Assoc. 1993–98,  Asst. 1988–92), University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Sabbatical, University of Florence, Italy, 2008
  • Sabbatical, US Army Natick Laboratories, 1993

Associate Professor (acting), Nutrition, University of Kuopio, Finland, 1987–88

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, USA, 1986–87

Lecturer, University of Helsinki, 1983–86

Research scientist, VTT Food Research Laboratory, Espoo, Finland, 1976–83

Post-graduate studies, University of Hohenheim, Germany, 1975–76

MSc 1975, PhD 1986, University of Helsinki, Finland


Administrational Duties

Vice Dean (Research) 2010–2013

Head of Department 2004–06

Scientific Council of the University of Helsinki 2001–06

Inspector of Tavastia Nation (Hämäläis-Osakunta) 2000–06

Food Research Foundation, chair of scientific board 2007– and member of executive committee 2002–


Description of research and teaching



Sensory and consumer research of foods


Research Topics

Consumer response to unfamiliar or nutritionally significant foods

Genetic and cognitive influences on food acceptance and choice

Sensory and consumer research methods


Fields of Science

  • 416 Food Science

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.