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Curriculum vitae

Marina Heinonen has a chair as Professor of Food Safety (Chemical Food Safety). Previously she has held a position as  Professor of Functional Foods for a 5-year term (2002-2007). Since 1990, she has held a teaching position in food chemistry. She earned her doctoral degree in Food Science (Food Chemistry) at the University of Helsinki in 1990 after having completed the degrees of M.S. (Food Science & Nutrition) in 1988 at the University of Rhode Island, USA and M.Sc. (Food Chemistry) in 1986 at the University of Helsinki. In 2007-2012 she has been a member of the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment at the Academy of Finland. She is serving as an evaluator for research grants at the European Research Council since 2017 and earlier also in 2010-2015. Her ongoing international activites include scientific expert membership since 2004 at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA Panel and its working groups on health claims and novel foods. She has been an active board member of the Nordic LipidForum 1993-2013. She has also served as the vice director of the Department of Food and Environmental Sciences in charge of matters dealing with societal impact and interaction. Apart from carrying out scientific research she takes an active interest in expressing opinions in the public media concerning chemical food safety and health beneficial effects  of foods.

Her research interest include:

  • chemical food safety: reactions in foods
  • protein oxidation and protein-lipid interactions
  • functional properties of  plant phenolics
  • action of natural antioxidants such as phenolic compounds and carotenoids
  • food composition: flavonoids, phenolic acids, carotenoids, tocopherols, tocotrienols, fat and fatty acids


  • 416 Food Science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Selected Publications 1990 2019

Lisäaineiden uudelleenarviointi jatkuu

Heinonen, I. M., Mar 2017, In : Kehittyvä Elintarvike. 2017, 2, p. 24-25 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Vitamin C and protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

Turck, D., Siani, A. & EFSA NDA Panel, 27 Jan 2017, In : EFSA Journal. 15, 1, 8 p., 4685.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Projects 1997 2018

Selected Activities 1993 2018

Kesäherkut kaikilla lisäaineilla: Kasvi, koeputki vai majava?

Marina Heinonen (Speaker)
3 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Kesäherkut kaikilla lisäaineilla: Munkkia, höyheniä ja selluloosaa

Marina Heinonen (Speaker)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Webinar: scientific aspects to consider when preparing a novel food application

Marina Heinonen (Speaker)
15 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Tieteen päivät 2017

Marina Heinonen (Attendee)
13 Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks