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Scientist majoring in ecological zoology, including some courses in epidemiology and medicine. Good analytical skills, particularly in the area of time-series analyses and cause-and-effect assessment. Documented experience in dealing with statistical treatment of data from hospital archives and patient files (e.g. regression models, survival analyses).

Skilled writer and editor of informative text. Creative in making drawings and illustrations. Several years experience in designing and producing signs, advertisements and publications. Experience with publishing in refereed journals.

Experience in organising an international symposium. Reliable team member as well as productive without supervision.

Work experience

Jan 2000Present


Allergy and Asthma -magazine

Writing medical and other articles to the finnish Allergy and Asthma Associations' periodical magazine, as well as taking photographs. Responsible for local topics and interviews from Western Finland. Recently started to translate articles also into Swedish language.

Published articles in Allergia&Astma:

  • 2009 Oikonen M. Haastattelussa allergologi Marianna Tala-Heikkilä: Miten astmaa tutkitaan ja hoidetaan? Allergia&Astma 3-4:14-15
  • 2009 Oikonen M. Haastattelussa astmahoitaja Tuija Helenius: Astman ohjattu omahoito. Allergia&Astma 3-4:16-17
  • 2009 Oikonen M. Haastattelussa allergologi Erkka Valovirta: Allergista nuhaa potevat mukaan potilasjärjestöön. Allergia&Astma 2:10-11
  • 2008 Oikonen M. Tiedossa on herkkua! Allergia&Astma 6: 24-25
  • 2008 Karhu M, Oikonen M. Allergisen nuhan itsehoito. Allergia&Astma 2:6-7
  • 2008 Pessi A-M, Rantio-Lehtimäki A, Oikonen M. Leppä kukkii jo! Allergia&Astma 2:8-10
  • 2008 Oikonen M. Siitepölymittausta Euroopan länsilaidalla. Allergia&Astma 2:24
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Siedätyshoitoa ilman pistoksia. Allergia&Astma 6
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Astmamaraton: 10 suomalaista astmaatikkoa matkalla New Yorkin maratonille. Allergia&Astma 3-4:16-19
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Ampiaisten torjuntaohjeita. Allergia&Astma 3-4:13
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Saaristölääkärin apu löytää mökkilaiturillekin. Allergia&Astma 3-4:10
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Tarpeelliset lääkkeet mukaan mökille ja matkalle. Allergia&Astma 3-4:8-9
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Vakavassa astmakohtauksessa ja anafylaktisessa reaktiossa "Paras ensiapu on kännykkä ja 112" [Haastattelussa ensihoidon vastuulääkäri Arno Vuori] Allergia&Astma 2:32-33
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Työpaikan homevaurioista ammattitauti: "Koko homma pistettiin omaksi syykseni". [Haastattelussa Esa Uusipaikka] Allergia&Astma 2:26-27
  • 2007 Saaranen S, Rantio-Lehtimäki A, Oikonen M. Siitepölykevät alkoi jo viime kesänä. Allergia&Astma 2:15-17
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Hoida allerginen nuha astman taustalta. [Haastattelussa erikoislääkäri Erkka Valovirta] Allergia&Astma 1:15-17
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Rehabilitationsrådgivaren klarade upp vardagen hos familjen Laurén. Allergia&Astma 1:66-67
  • 2007 Oikonen M. Kuntoutusohjaaja selvitti Laurénien arjen solmut. Allergia&Astma 1:8-9
  • 2006 Oikonen M. Kati tyrmäsi astman. Allergia&Astma 6:8-10
  • 2006 Peltola M, Oikonen M. Liimakorvatauti: sitkeä eritekertymä välikorvassa. Allergia&Astma 5:18-20
  • 2006 Oikonen M, Peltola M. Tavallisia kielen muutoksia: kartta-, uurre- ja karvakieli. Allergia&Astma 3-4:60-61
  • 2006 Oikonen M. Kostutustuotteet voivat lievittää nenäoireita. [Haastattelussa erikoislääkäri Matti Peltola]. Allergia & Astma 2:10-11
  • 2006 Ilus M, Oikonen M. Astma, COPD, tuubit korvissa - saanko sukeltaa? Allergia&Astma 1:12-13
  • 2005 Oikonen M. Siitepölytiedotusta länsinaapurissa. Allergia&Astma 3:12-13
  • 2005 Oikonen M. Polleninformation i Sverige. Allergia&Astma 3:56-57
  • 2004 Oikonen M., Mikkola P, Hartman T. Jätteenpoltto pesee kasvojaan. Uuden EU-direktiivin ansiosta jätteenpolttolaitokset ovat pian puhtaampia kuin öljy- tai kivihiilivoimalat. Allergia&Astma 5:35-36 
  • 2004 Oikonen M. Olisiko russakka syyllinen astman yleistymiseen länsimaissa? Allergia&Astma 5:37-38
  • 2004 Oikonen M. Monet eläinallergeenit ovat osa eläimen viestintää. Allergia&Astma 2:32-33 
  • 2004 Saijonmaa-Koulumies L., Oikonen M. Lemmikkieläinten allergiat ja astma. Allergia&Astma 2:34
  • 2003 Oikonen M. Siitepölyallerginen lomailee. Allergia&Astma 3:22-23
  • 2002 Oikonen M, Lilius E-M: Luontaistuotteita siitepölyallergiaan? Allergia&Astma 4:42 
  • 2000 Oikonen M: Ilman pienhiukkaset ja terveys. Ilmanlaatutiedotteet ja siitepölytiedotteet täydentävät toisiaan. Allergia&Astma 2:634.
Apr 1999Dec 2008

Part-time research assistant

University of Turku

Laboratory assistant

  • Handling air sampling equipment and analysing airborne pollen counts
  • Making and broadcasting daily pollen reports
  • Cultivation and identification of moulds from material samples taken from moisture damaged builings
  • Making reports of the results

Assisting in organising an international scientific symposium

  • Creating and updating the symposium website
  • Informing and assisting the participants
  • Editing and designing the printed Abstract Book


Apr 1999Present

Doctorate student

University of Turku

Topic of doctoral thesis: The environmental effect in Multiple Sclerosis

  • First observation of a connection between air pollution and Multiple Sclerosis exacerbations
  • Observed that in those patients who are using interferon medication, the connection between air quality, viral infection epidemics and air pollution is lost

Some of the graduate courses attended:

  • Basic methods in epidemiology
  • Public health in developing countries

Scientific publications and abstracts:

  • 2008 Oikonen MK, Erälinna J.-P. Beta-interferon protects multiple sclerosis patients against enhanced susceptibility to infections caused by poor air quality. Neuroepidemiology 30:13-19
  • 2005 Oikonen M, Hicks S, Heino S, Rantio-Lehtimäki A. Separation of long distance transported (LDT) pollen from local mountain birch pollen at the Kevo subarctic monitoring station, Finland. Grana (44)3:181-186
  • 2005 Oikonen MK, Erälinna JP: ß-interferon protects Multiple Sclerosis patients against the enhanced susceptibility to infections caused by poor air quality. -Abstracts from the MS-symposium, Turku, Finland 26.-27.5.2005 
  • 2004 Oikonen VJ, Oikonen MK, Sederholm K, Ruottinen HM. Effective dopamine distribution volume in putamen: a reanalysis of FDOPA PET studies. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging 31(Suppl. 2):S405 
  • 2003 Oikonen MK, Laaksonen M, Laippala P, Lilius E-M, Rantio-Lehtimäki A, Koski K, Oksaranta O, Anttinen A, Erälinna J-P. Ambient air quality and the occurrence of Multiple Sclerosis relapses. Neuroepidemiology 22:95-99 
  • 2003 Oikonen M. Does the climate change induce an earlier birch flowering at the northern latitudes? -Abstracts from TESA Third European Symposium on Aerobiology, Worcester, UK, August 30th to September 4th.

  • 2002 Oikonen MK, Erälinna J-P. MS-potilaiden beetainterferonihoito TYKSissä 1995-2001. Suomen Lääkärilehti 20:2169-2173. 
  • 2001 Oikonen M, Laaksonen M, Laippala P, Lilius EM, Rantio-Lehtimäki AH, Erälinna JP: Air quality and multiple sclerosis exacerbations. J Neurol Sci (187):S3512.
Sep 1996May 1997

University of Oulu

Student at the University of Oulu Centre for Extension studies.

Courses attended:

  • Environmental Specialist
  • Ecological Preservation and Construction
Aug 1989Jun 1996

Master of Science

University of Turku
Sep 1993Mar 1994

University of Tubingen

Exchange student at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.

Courses attended:

  • Primatology
  • Zoological gardens: design and maintenance
  • Basic course in genetics
  • Scientific photography


Interpersonal skills
Good at talking to people. Comfortable with making a call, writing a letter or email, taking first contact, negotiating with professionals from other areas, creating rapport.
Statistical testing
Statistical testing of biological data using SPSS software. Familiar with the following areas: Time-series analyses: ARIMA, logistic regression and intervention analysis Survival analyses: Kaplan-Meier, Cox regression with time-dependent covariates Correlation and variance analyses Univariate and multivariate regression Interpreting results and producing reports
Printed material design and layout
Frequent user of Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher and Photoshop Planned, edited, designed and created the Abstract Book, the First Announcement and the Final Announcement for a scientific symposium Planned, designed and created several scientific posters Designed and created several signs and posters for the local Allergy and Asthma Association
Language skills
English language skills Writing: excellent Reading: excellent Speaking: excellent German language skills Writing: good Reading: excellent Speaking: good Swedish language skills Writing: good Reading: excellent Speaking: good