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Curriculum vitae



The aim of my research is to 1) identify genetic risk factors for common neurodegenerative disorders in the population-based and neuropathologically characterized Vantaa 85+ Study,  and 2) to characterize familial forms of neurodegenerative disorders both genetically and neuropathologically.



Clinical instructor, Department of Pathology, Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki

Adjunct professor in Applied Neuropathology, University of Helsinki 



M.D. University of Helsinki, 2000

Ph.D. University of Helsinki, Department of Pathology, 2002

Specialist in Pathology, University of Helsinki 2013 

Specialist in Neuropathology, University of Helsinki 2017



Pre-doctoral training:

1996-2002 Graduate student, Neuropathology laboratory, Department of Pathology, University of Helsinki

1998 Special Project Associate, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL, USA


Post-doctoral training: 

2002-04 Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

2004- 2008 Researcher and Group leader, Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Biomedicum Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland



Academy of Finland 2012-2015

Academy of Finland 2016-2020 



  • 3111 Biomedicine
  • Neuropathology
  • Genetics

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1999 2019

A comprehensive screening of copy number variability in dementia with Lewy bodies

Kun-Rodrigues, C., Orme, T., Carmona, S., Hernandez, D. G., Ross, O. A., Eicher, J. D., Shepherd, C., Parkkinen, L., Darwent, L., Heckman, M. G., Scholz, S. W., Troncoso, J. C., Pletnikova, O., Dawson, T., Rosenthal, L., Ansorge, O., Clarimonm, J., Lleo, A., Morenas-Rodriguez, E., Clark, L. & 48 othersHonig, L. S., Marder, K., Lemstra, A., Rogaeva, E., St George-Hyslop, P., Londos, E., Zetterberg, H., Barber, I., Braae, A., Brown, K., Morgan, K., Troakes, C., Al-Sarraj, S., Lashley, T., Holton, J., Compta, Y., Van Deerlin, V., Serrano, G. E., Beach, T. G., Lesage, S., Galasko, D., Masliah, E., Santana, I., Pastor, P., Diez-Fairen, M., Aguilar, M., Tienari, P. J., Myllykangas, L., Oinas, M., Revesz, T., Lees, A., Boeve, B. F., Petersen, R. C., Ferman, T. J., Escott-Price, V., Graff-Radford, N., Cairns, N. J., Morris, J. C., Pickering-Brown, S., Mann, D., Halliday, G. M., Hardy, J., Trojanowski, J. Q., Dickson, D. W., Singleton, A., Stone, D. J., Guerreiro, R. & Bras, J., Mar 2019, In : Neurobiology of Aging. 75, 10 p., ARTN 223.e1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Prediction models for dementia and neuropathology in the oldest old: the Vantaa 85+cohort study

Hall, A., Pekkala, T., Polvikoski, T., van Gils, M., Kivipelto, M., Lötjönen, J., Mattila, J., Kero, M., Myllykangas, L., Mäkelä, M., Oinas, M., Paetau, A., Soininen, H., Tanskanen, M. & Solomon, A., 22 Jan 2019, In : Alzheimer's research & therapy. 11, 12 p., 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

The causes of death of professional musicians in the classical genre

Kuusi, T., Haukka, J. K., Myllykangas, L. T. & Järvelä, I. E., 25 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 34 , 2, p. 92

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Alzheimerin taudin patofysiologia - mitä uutta?

Tanila, H., Hiltunen, M. & Myllykangas, L., 2018, In : Duodecim. 134, 24, p. 2511-2518 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Alzheimer risk loci and associated neuropathology in a population-based study (Vantaa 85+)

Mäkelä, M., Kaivola, K., Valori, M., Paetau, A., Polvikoski, T., Singleton, A. B., Traynor, B. J., Stone, D. J., Peuralinna, T., Tienari, P. J., Tanskanen, M. & Myllykangas, L., Feb 2018, In : Neurology Genetics. UNSP e211 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2004 2018

Pre-examiner of PhD thesis / Anu Pasanen

Liisa Myllykangas (Pre-examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Journal)

Liisa Myllykangas (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Supervisor of PhD thesis / Karri Kaivola

Liisa Myllykangas (Supervisor)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Member of PhD thesis committee / Eeva-Kaisa Schmidt

Liisa Myllykangas (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group)
2016 → …

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

Supervisor of PhD thesis/ Liina Kuuluvainen

Liisa Myllykangas (Supervisor)
1 Oct 2015 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis