TCDM offers multidisciplinary know-how and research services in investigating the role of dietary composition and feeding behavior in established and novel animal disease models. The Unit has a long-standing expertise especially in obesity and hormonal cancers. Nutrition and Metabolism Unit works in close collaboration with Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku ( 

Design of dietary interventions

  • experimental diet formulation
  • diet-induced disease models
  • drug – diet interaction
  • nutraceutical research

Metabolic phenotyping

  • food intake
  • energy expenditure and physical activity
  • body weight and composition
  • white and brown adipose tissue morphology and function
  • glucose and lipid metabolism
  • obesity biomarkers

Dietary modulation of hormone action and tumorigenesis

  • experimental cancer models
  • in vivo reporter models for hormone action and GM models with
  • altered sex steroid balance
  • rodent models for metabolism and kinetics of dietary polyphenols

Eriika Savontaus, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology
Academy Research Fellow

Email: eriika.savontaus(at)

Nutrition and Metabolism
Translational preclinical models for nutrition research