Anna Hielm-Björkman

DVM, PhD, docent

Principal investigator


Anna works as a teacher in a department on Equine and small animal medicine and works with patients once a week. Rest of the working time she works as a researcher and leads her research group. Her main areas of interest are pain management, raw food, and nutraceuticals.

Johanna Anturaniemi (nee Roine)

MSc (Animal breeding), academic agronomist

PhD student, DVM student

Nutrition Clinic for Dogs and Cats


Johanna has been working in DOGRISK group since 2008, and has been working in two clinical trials on osteoarthritis in dogs and one study of chronical urinary tract infections in dogs. In her PhD study she studies atopic dermatitis in Staffordshire bull terriers, and she intents to defend her dissertation in 2017. In addition, she started veterinary studies in 2017. Her areas of interest are genetics, nutrition, nutrigenomics, and metabolomics.

Noora Sjögren

DVM, cVMA, MSc (Animal nutrition), academic agronomist

PhD student, Nutrition and epilepsy in dogs, Nutrition Clinic

Noora has first graduated as an academic acronomist in animal nutrition in 2008, and after that studied to be a veterinarian in 2014. She is interested in optimal nutrition in health and diseases, pain management, and acupuncture.

Robin Moore

Master’s Student


Canine Metabolomics / Metabonomics

In Dogrisk Robin uses statistical and biochemical analysis of metabolomic data in order to study how dietary intake can cause disease risks in dogs. Robin began studies at the University of Helsinki in Fall 2012, majoring in chemistry and minoring in molecular biology. Prior to joining the Dogrisk group Robin has participated as a researcher in several research groups, including a year studying the structures of protein complexes responsible for mediating tick-borne diseases in humans under Prof. Adrian Goldman and Dr. Taru Meri.

Stella Barrouin-Melo


Professor Stella Barrouin is a veterinarian, lecturer and researcher in the fields of small animal internal medicine and immunology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. She participates in nutrition and metabolomic studies in the DOGRISK project as affiliated with this research group since September 2013, when she started her postdoc research at the University of Helsinki, which was concluded in August 2014. The correlation between nutrition and immuno-inflammatory aspects of canine diseases also equivalent to human conditions, particularly the interactions between food, microbiota, intestinal local immunology and systemic immune responses have been her main subjects of study. Among our common objectives is to develop a multicenter study on nutritional and metabolical aspects related to canine health and disease, including the comparison between data obtained in different environmental conditions such as the tropical South America and temperate Nordic Europe.

Sara Zaldivar-Lopez

Post Doc researcher


Sara uses integrative genomics for the identification of disease, disease-causing mutations or variations, and response to disease (e.g. resistance), using domestic animals as natural models of disease. She has been working as a postdoc already before both in the USA and in Spain and is presently also back in Cordoba, Spain as she has no funding from Finland.