Research Group

Mikko Samuli Venäläinen

Junior Researcher

Finite element modeling of knee joint function

Personal information

  • Phone: +358 40 7458193
  • Room: Me/331
  • Email: mikko.s.venalainen[at] (please fix the address before mailing!)

  • Date of birth: 18 May 1989

  • Current research interests: Finite element modeling of knee joint function

  • Education:
    • Master of Science, Medical Physics, University of Eastern Finland, 2014
    • Bachelor of Science, Applied and Computational Physics, University of Eastern Finland, 2012
    • Graduate of Finnish Upper Secondary School, Kallaveden lukio, 2008

  • Language proficiency:
    • Finnish, native language
    • English, good
    • Swedish, fair

  • Skills: Matlab, basics of C++ and Fortran

  • Hobbies: Music


(full papers, conference proceedings)
  1. Halonen KS, Dzialo CM, Mannisi M, Venalainen MS, de Zee M and Andersen MS. Workflow assessing the effect of gait alterations on stresses in the medial tibial cartilage - combined musculoskeletal modelling and finite element analysis. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 12;7(1):17396. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17228-x.

  2. Nuotio J, Pitkanen N, Magnussen CG, Buscot MJ, Venalainen MS, Elo LL, Jokinen E, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Hutri-Kahonen N, Lyytikainen LP, Lehtimaki T, Viikari JS, Juonala M and Raitakari OT. Prediction of Adult Dyslipidemia Using Genetic and Childhood Clinical Risk Factors: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Jun;10(3). pii: CIRCGENETICS.116.001604. doi:

  3. Venalainen MS, Mononen ME, Salo J, Rasanen LP, Jurvelin JS, Toyras J, Viren T and Korhonen RK. Quantitative Evaluation of the Mechanical Risks Caused by Focal Cartilage Defects in the Knee. Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 29;6:37538. doi: 10.1038/srep37538.

  4. Rasanen LP, Tanska P, Mononen ME, Lammentausta E, Zbyn S, Venalainen MS, Szomolanyi P, van Donkelaar CC, Jurvelin JS, Trattnig S, Nieminen MT and Korhonen RK. Spatial variation of fixed charge density in knee joint cartilage from sodium MRI - Implication on knee joint mechanics under static loading. J Biomech. 2016 Oct 3;49(14):3387-3396. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.09.011. Epub

  5. Venalainen MS, Mononen ME, Vaananen SP, Jurvelin JS, Toyras J, Viren T and Korhonen RK. Effect of bone inhomogeneity on tibiofemoral contact mechanics during physiological loading. J Biomech. 2016 May 3;49(7):1111-1120. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.033. Epub

  6. Hirvasniemi J, Thevenot J, Kokkonen HT, Finnila MA, Venalainen MS, Jamsa T, Korhonen RK, Toyras J and Saarakkala S. Correlation of Subchondral Bone Density and Structure from Plain Radiographs with Micro Computed Tomography Ex Vivo. Ann Biomed Eng. 2016 May;44(5):1698-709. doi: 10.1007/s10439-015-1452-y. Epub

  7. Venalainen MS, Mononen ME, Jurvelin JS, Toyras J, Viren T and Korhonen RK. Importance of material properties and porosity of bone on mechanical response of articular cartilage in human knee joint--a two-dimensional finite element study. J Biomech Eng. 2014 Dec;136(12):121005. doi: 10.1115/1.4028801.

  1. Venäläinen MS, Mononen, ME, Jurvelin, JS, Töyräs J, Virén, T, Korhonen RK, Importance of Bone Properties and Porosity on the Mechanical Response of Articular Cartilage in a Knee Joint. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, 2014.

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