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Mirja Puolakkainen

Mirja Puolakkainen, Finnish microbiologist, consultant. License Physician 1987. Fellow Sigrid Juselius Senior Fellow, Sigrid Juselius Foundation, 2000, Sigrid Juselius post-doctoral fellow, 1990-1992. Member of American Society Microbiology.


  • Puolakkainen, Mirja was born on March 21, 1959 in Finland. Daughter of Matti Raatikainen, Eine Raatikainen.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Medicine, University Helsinki, Helsinki,Finland, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy, University Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 1987. Specialist clinical microbiology, University Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 1997.

      Docent medical microbiology, University Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 1998.


    • Visiting scientist University Washington, Seattle, since 2000. Senior lecturer University Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 1996—2000, research, teaching positions Finland. Postdoctoral fellow University Washington, Seattle, 1990—1993.

      Senior fellow Academy of Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, 2000—2001, research assistant Finland. Consultant Labquality, Helsinki, Finland, since 1987. Specialist clinical microbiology Central Hospital Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland.

    Major achievements

    • License Physician 1987.


    • Chlamydia
    • During recent decades, it has been firmly documented that chlamydiae are com­ mon and important pathogens in humans and animals.
    • Author: (book) Chlamydia, 1989.


    Member of American Society Microbiology.



    Hiking, skiing, music, cooking.


    • Married Pauli Puolakkainen. Children: Suvi, Tero, Maria.
    • father: Matti Raatikainen Puolakkainen
    • spouse: Pauli Puolakkainen
    • children: Suvi Puolakkainen
    • Tero Puolakkainen
    • Maria Puolakkainen
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    Born March 21, 1959
    (age 58)
    • 1984
      University Helsinki
    • 1987
      University Helsinki
    • 1997
      University Helsinki
    • 1998
      University Helsinki
    • 2001
      senior, fellow Academy of Sciences
      Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
    • 1990 - 1993
      postdoctoral fellow, University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1996
      senior, lecturer University Helsinki
      Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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