Elina Hypponen

Director: Australian Centre for Precision Health

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Public Profile

Professor Hyppönen is the Director of the Australian Centre for Precision Health and  Senior Principal Research Fellow at SAHMRI. She was recruited to the University of South Australia as the Professor in Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology in 2013, following 12 years at the University College London, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (London, UK).

She also holds appointments as a Honorary Professor at the University College London and as an Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Tampere, Finland. Professor Hyppönen has an interdisciplinary academic background, with academic qualifications in epidemiology, medical statistics, nutrition and public health.

Professor Hyppönen has a H-factor of 70 (Google Scholar), having been cited over 18,000 times in the past five years only. She has authored more than 160 high-profile refereed publications and several book chapters. She leads the Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology group which has a focus on using genetic tools to inform on dietary and lifestyle guidelines for optimal health. She has a long-term research interest in life-course and intergenerational epidemiology, and an extensive track record in gene and risk factor discovery. Her current interests are related to implementing phenomewide analyses and systems epidemiology approaches to establish effective strategies for disease prediction and prevention. 

External positions

University of South Australia


  • nutrition
  • vitamin D
  • Obesity
  • coffee
  • risk factor
  • prediction
  • cancer
  • Dementia
  • machine learning
  • public health
  • Phenome-wide analysis
  • Gene discovery
  • inter-generational epidemiology

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Research Output

Commentary: Intergenerational BMI association: Is there a role for fetal programming?

Hypponen, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : International journal of epidemiology. 49, 1, p. 244-245 2 p.

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Whole-Genome Approach Discovers Novel Genetic and Nongenetic Variance Components Modulated by Lifestyle for Cardiovascular Health

Zhou, X., van der Werf, J., Carson-Chahhoud, K., Ni, G., McGrath, J., Hyppönen, E. & Lee, S. H., 21 Apr 2020, In : Journal of the American Heart Association. 9, 8, p. e015661

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