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Senior Researcher
National Institute of Health and Welfare
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Tarja Pitkänen has over 10 years’ experience in microbial water safety research and on specific detection of microbes from water. She gained a PhD on Environmental microbiology at the University of Eastern Finland in 2010. In 2012-2013, Tarja was a PostDoctorate researcher at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA where she focused her research on molecular detection and the characterisation of bacterial targets in water. She currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Environmental Health, Water and Health Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland. Tarja actively participates in several research projects and the writing of peer-reviewed research papers. She supervises graduate students and has institutional responsibilities such as the chairing of the national standardisation body on water microbiological methods and membership in the EMEG advising the European Commission.