Faculty Research Interest

University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

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  • Maija-Riitta Hirvonen

    Professor, Head of Department Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences


    Research Interests

    Head of Inhalation Toxicology Laboratory, focusing on toxicological effects of inhalable environmental exposures in the immune system.

    • Activation of immunotoxicological mechanisms of adverse health effects induced by:
      • Complex mixture of urban air particulate matter
      • Diverse population of the moldy house microbes and their toxins
    • Protective role of environmental microbes:
      • Beneficial effects of environmental microbial exposure on the maturation of immune responses and development of asthma and allergies in early life.

    The research is conducted using multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with experts in e.g. aerosol physics, combustion technology, microbiology, epidemiology and modeling.