Principal Investigator

The Group Leader (PI)

Dr. Kristiina M. Huttunen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Tenure Track)

University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Pharmacy
POB 1627
(Yliopistonrinne 3)
70211 Kuopio

Office: Md3055 (Mediteknia building)
Email: kristiina.huttunen (at)

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Academic Degrees

Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Drug Targeting at the University of Eastern Finland, 2015-

    • Teaching skills were evaluated as Excellent

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kuopio, 2004-2009

    • Doctoral Thesis: Novel Prodrug Structures for Improved and Targeted Drug Delivery – Design, Synthesis, and in Vitro/in Vivo Evaluation
    • (Best Thesis at the Faculty of Pharmacy during the academic year 2008-2009)

Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kuopio, 2002-2004

    • Master Thesis: Cannabinoids – Future Drugs for Treatment of Neurological Disorders? (Evaluated as Excellent)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Organic Chemistry, University of Jyväskylä, 1999-2002

Continuing Education, University of Eastern Finland

    • Skillful Leader, Advanced Leader, 5 + 5 ECTS, 2016, 2018
    • University Pedagogy Basics, Advanced and e-Learning (10 +10+10 ECTS), 2016-2017, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
    • Mentoring (UEF, Savonia, Karelia joint venture), 2018-2019

Major Positions and Appointments

    • ERC-StG Interviewed 2018, 2019
    • Finnish Academy Research Fellow at the UEF, 2015 – (PI)
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist of Academy of Finland at the UEF, 2012-2015 (PI)
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist of University of Eastern Finland, 2011-2012 (PI)
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, New Zealand, 2009-2011
    • Ph.D. Student of National Graduate School of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, 2007-2009
    • Research Scientist (Ph.D. Student), University of Kuopio, 2004-2006

Supervision of Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., and ERASMUS students

Course Director
Organic Synthesis – Laboratory Work (5 ECTS), Teached yearly at the UEF (School of Pharmacy) during the spring semester

Wide Experience of Teaching in Various Courses in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Basic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, etc.)