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  • PL 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

  • PL 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3), E457

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

1984 …2018
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Personal data
Born March 21, 1959, Finland

Education
Graduate (high school) May 31, 1978
MD (University of Helsinki, Finland) June 29, 1984
PhD, Medical Sciences (University of Helsinki, Finland) May 26, 1987
Licensed physician in Finland July 22, 1987
Specialist in Clinical Microbiology March 18, 1997
Docent in Medical Microbiology September 22, 1998
Specialist Qualification in Management (“JET”) May, 2006
Special Competence in medical education December 29, 2010

Previous research and teaching positions
Research fellow (research and teaching positions) at the Department of Virology,
University of Helsinki, Finland 1982-1983, 1984-1986, 1989-1990, 1993-1995
Senior lecturer at the Department of Virology, 1996-1999, 2000, 2002-2005, 2007-

Research fellow (SITRA) 1983-1984

Research assistant (Academy of Sciences of Finland) 1986-1988
Senior research fellow (Academy of Sciences of Finland) 2000-2001

Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pathobiology, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1990-1993
Visiting Scientist, Department of Pathobiology, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2000-2002

Head of Infection Pathogenesis Laboratory, Department of Viral Diseases and Immunology, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland, 2005-2008

Other
Member of the "CHLAMYDIA" group, Socialstyrelsen (National Medical Board) Stockholm, Sweden 1985-1987
Consultant, Labquality, Helsinki, Finland 1989- 2003; 2010-

Clinical Microbiology
Supervisor of Chlamydia Laboratory in the Clinical Microbiology Service of Department of Virology, University of Helsinki 1993-1997
Specialist in Clinical Microbiology, Diagnostic Laboratory of Helsinki University Central Hospital and HUSLAB 1997-2000, 2002-2005, 2007-

Keywords

  • 3111 Biomedicine
  • 311 Basic medicine
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Chlamydial Infections
  • Host-microbe Interactions

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

Publications 1984 2018

Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection in Polarized Epithelial Cell Lines

Törmäkangas, L., Markkula, E., Lounatmaa, K. & Puolakkainen, M., 2010, In : Infection and Immunity. 78, 6, p. 2714-2722 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mannose-binding lectin as a risk factor for acute coronary syndromes

Pesonen, E., Hallman, M., Sarna, S., Andsberg, E., Haataja, R., Meri, S., Persson, K., Puolakkainen, M., Öhlin, H. & Truedsson, L., 2009, In : Annals of Medicine. 41, 8, p. 591-598 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Pro-atherogenic lung and oral pathogens induce an inflammatory response in human and mouse mast cells

Oksaharju, A., Lappalainen, J., Tuomainen, A., Pussinen, P., Puolakkainen, M., Kovanen, P. & Lindstedt, K., 2009, In : Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. 13, 1, p. 103-113 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Innate immunity and vaccines in chlamydial infection with special emphasis on Chlamydia pneumoniae

Puolakkainen, M., 2009, In : FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology. 55, 2, p. 167-177 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Up-regulation of host cell genes during interferon-gamma-induced persistent Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in HL cells

Mannonen, L., Nikula, T., Haveri, A., Reinikainen, A., Vuola, J. M., Lahesmaa, R. & Puolakkainen, M., 2007, In : Journal of Infectious Diseases. 195, 2, p. 212-219 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2013 2018

Activities 1990 2018

Supervisor: Transcriptional analysis of persistent Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in vitro (Laura Mannonen)

Mirja Puolakkainen (Supervisor)
20002011

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Supervisor: CD8+ T cell response in experimental Chlamydia pneumoniae infection (Anne Tammiruusu)

Mirja Puolakkainen (Supervisor)
2005

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Supervisor: Induction of immunity against experimental Chlamydia pneumoniae infection (Tuula Penttilä)

Mirja Puolakkainen (Supervisor)
2004

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis