Curriculum Vitae

                   CURRICULUM VITAE

NAME              Eira Annikki Kotoneva

CONTACT       Niemeläntie 128

                                 57230 Savonlinna, Finland

+358 44 3838 543

DATE OF BIRTH 7 October 1975

PLACE OF BIRTH Ilmajoki, Finland

LANGUAGES   Finnish – Native, English – Fluent, Swedish – Good

IELTS Academic level English test, Jan 2019, overall score 7/9

OTHER             Good knowledge of normal Office tools and other IT/computer-related things, basic programming skills,                                good interpersonal skills



Scuba diving, yoga, hunting, shooting, bird watching, books, biking and wines. Skiing, long distance skating, skiking, gardening, Martta association, Lions Club activities,  mushrooming,  family and friends, and science in general


1982-1988  Elementary School, Ilmajoki, Finland

1988-1989  Junior High School, Ilmajoki Finland

1989-1991  Anna Tapio’s School, Luopioinen, Finland                                                                                                                                                                               Boarding school teaching e.g.  more languages, hand-work and cooking

1991-1993  High School, Seinäjoki, Finland                                                                                                                                                                                                    Accomplished in two years instead of normal three, concentrated in Mathematics and Physics

1993-1997 University of Turku, Finland                                                                                                                                                                                                             Department of Physics and Astronomy and Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                           Master of Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MSc thesis “Dark Matter in LSB Galaxies”

1997-2002 University of Turku, Finland                                                                                                                                                                                                            Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                                    Doctor of Philosophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PhD Thesis “K-Dwarfs and the Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way”

1999 –               Technical University of Helsinki Department of Geodesy/ Department of Physics

2018 – 2021 Vijnana Yoga Teacher, Helsinki, Finland (Israel)

2022                  Dao Therapeutics, Skotlanti, UK, Yin-joogaopettajakoulutus

2022-2023    Dao Therapeutics, Skotlanti, UK,  MediYin-joogaterapeuttikoulutus


2019    Presentation skills, GE Crotonville, Helsinki, Finland

2015    Leadership development course, GE Healthcare training centre, Florence, Italy

2012    Foundations of Leadership course, GE Healthcare training centre, London, UK


2023-2024 LC Savonlinna/Linnattaret, Vice President

2022-present Navigator Project, Helsinki University, member of steering committee

2022-present Moinsalmi Hunting club, Savonlinna, board member

2021-present Moinsalmi-Niemeläntie private road, Official

2020-present Martta Association, Kaartilan Martat, Savonlinna, board member

2017-2020   Martta Association, Ohkolan Martat, Mäntsälä, board member


April 2023 – Present                                                                                                                                                                                        CEO, Saimaanvalo Oy                                                                                                                                                                                                                Founded my own company that offers a wide variety of healthcare services like yoga classes, retreats, and yoga therapy for individuals and for groups. Saimaanvalo offers nature related courses and trips like birds watching and star wathing sessions. We also offer administratives services to association, like SAKKE ry. We also sell for example sale services to healthcare companies and hospitals.

May 2014 –    April 2023                                                                                                                                                                                                            Product Clinical Specialist GE Healthcare                                                                                                                                                                           I took care of sales of our MI systems in Finland and Estonia (PET/CT, SPECT/CT, Cyclotrons and workstations) and applications in the whole Nordic region. In practice I answered tenders and other quote-related questions, sales demos and presentations, organized and attended site visits and conferences. Visiting customers and keeping up customer contacts was the best part of my job and I loved sharing my wide knowledge with them.

Sep 2021 – April 2024                                                                                                                                                                                              Teacher, Linnala Folk College, Linnalan Opisto                                                                                                                                                                 I have been teaching different yoga classes, Basics of Astronomy and Basic of Bird watching -courses in Linnala Folk College

Jan 2021 – Dec 2022                                                                                                                                                                                          Teacher, Tanhuvaara Sport Academy, Tanhuvaaran urheiluopisto                                                                                                                        I have been teaching Vijnana yoga in Tanhuvaara Sport Academy now for four semesters, I have also been co-hosting yoga retreats organized in Tanhuvaara.

Jan 2010 – May 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clinical Education Specialist, CES, Europe, GE Healthcare                                                                                                                              Continued work started in Euromedic. When GE launched one of the most selling PET/CT camera, I was the European leader, meaning than I was responsible to train all European CESs. Above this I was member of the global Pre-clinical team. For this I worked with Triumph tri-modality systems and did sales/marketing support. I have enjoyed the job a lot. Meeting new people, sites and situations make sure that all the days are different and there are always new challenges to wait for.

Aug 2006 – Dec 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clinical Education Specialist, CES, Europe, Euromedic, Hungary                                                                                                                      During this time I worked as a Clinical Education Specialist for GE for Europe, often worked also outside this region, e.g. Turkey and Russia. Main tasks were training the customers for PET/CT and SPECT/CT cameras and all applications, both basic and advanced, related to Oncology, Neurology and Cardiology for both all three modalities Xeleris and AW workstations. A big deal of my job was attending site visits, doing sale support, pre- sale demos, attend conferences and do customer presentation

Jan 2005 – Jun 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hospital Physicist, Turku University Central Hospital, PET centre                                                                                                                      I was a responsible Physicist of the first PET/CT device in Finland. The scanner was GE 16 Discovery ST, upgraded first to 16 Discovery STE and later to 64-slice Discovery VCT. I was part of the team from very beginning, so I get to know different vendors and scanners in the market. As Turku PET Centre is GE’s reference site, I was responsible of the site visits, reporting possible development suggestion to GE and I have been working closely with both hardware and software that are linked to PET/CT.

Oct 2004 – Dec 2004                                                                                                                                                                                            Researcher, Turku University, Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                                                        I was just finished my Canadian Post-Doc and continued and finished the projects and took part e.g. organizing seminar series.

Jul 2003 – Jun 2005                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Post Doc fellow, York University, Canada, Department of Physics and Astronomy

I was part of the research group that was studying evolution, structure and properties of local Galaxy, small stars and globular clusters. We modelled synthetic and theoretical models with the data we took in Hawaii, Australia and China. I spent about one third of the time in Canada.

Jan 2004 – Apr 2004                                                                                                                                                                                              Researcher, Turku University, Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                                                    During Post Doc fellowship I was working part time also in Tuorla Observatory, which was also my home institute.

Jan 2002 – Dec 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                          Väisälä Foundation Young Researcher                                                                                                                                                                                    After dissertation I extended my research started in PhD thesis. During this time I contacted Canadian and Chinese groups and started working with them. I did lot of observations in China and spend more than third of this time there. This experience has been very useful to me even in my current position. At the same time I was working also in York University.

Nov 2001 – Jan 2002 and Nov 2002 – Jan 2003                                                                                                                                      Teacher, Parainen High School / Parainen Folk College                                                                                                                                             While I was waiting for my PhD thesis to be accepted I was asked to give a course about Astronomy. The course was aimed for high school students but was also open to others. Content of course was basic astronomy but included also more detailed parts about star evolution and telescope working principles, eksoplanets, galaxy evolution and for example time travelling.

Aug 2002 – Dec 2002´                                                                                                                                                                                              Teacher, Halikko High School and Folk College                                                                                                                                                              Similar courses than in Parainen but separately for High schoole students and Folk School students. Since Folk School students were mainly adults whom were interested in astronomy the class included more practical observations and they could affect the general contents of the course more.

Jul 2001 – Dec 2001                                                                                                                                                                                                          Graduate student in Finnish Graduate School in Astronomy and Space sciences                                                                                         During this time I finished my PhD thesis and took part of the classes and course held by the Graduate School.

Jul 1998-Jun 2001                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Foundation Young Researcher, Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                                                     I was doing studies for the PhD concerning i.e. optics, theory of relativity and cosmology. I was also doing observations for my PhD in Australia and analyzing the data and writing articles.

Jan 1998 – Apr 1998                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Second lecturer, Turku University                                                                                                                                                                                  Giving lectures about mathematical problems done in practise in celestial mechanics.

Aug 1996 – Jun 1998                                                                                                                                                                                                    Research Assistance, Turku University, Tuorla Observatory                                                                                                                             Did my Master’s thesis and started my PhD studies


1997 Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation 10 900 FIM

1997 Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 50 000 FIM

1998 Emil Aaltonen Foundation 75 000 FIM

1999 Emil Aaltonen Foundation 80 000 FIM

2000 Emil Aaltonen Foundation 80 000 FIM

2001 Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation 20 000 FIM

2001 Yrjö, Ville and Kalle Väisälä Foundation 17 000 EUR

2002 Yrjö, Ville and Kalle Väisälä Foundation 20 000 EUR

2003 Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation 2 500 EUR

2004 Academy of Finland 1 700 EUR

2004 Turku University Foundation 1 700 EUR

2010 GE Clinical Education award

2013 GE Clinical Education Recognition award

And several other sales related awards (for example Nordic sales team award 2017 and impact award 2018)


Completed the certification that authorizes me to work as a radiation safety officer responsible for safety in the use of radiation, Tampere Technical University, Ragnar Granit institute, 2005


Human  radiation dosimetry of [11C]MeAIB, a new  tracer for imaging of  system A amino acid transport                    Tolvanen, T.,  Någren, K., Yu, M. Sutinen, E., Havu-Aurén, K., Jyrkkiö, S., Asola, M., Kotoneva, E., Nuutila, P. and Minn, H., European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Volume 33, Number 10, 2006, 1178-1184

NEMA Performance characteristics of a GE DSTE PET/CT with integrated host computer and a new reconstruction algorithm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Teräs, T., Kotoneva, E., Johansson, J., Tolvanen, T. 2006, EANM abstract

Comparison of 2D and 3D VUE Point Reconstruction of PET Images with different acquisition times in Oncological Patients                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Komar, G., Seppänen, M., Kotoneva, E., Teräs, M., Minn, H., 2006, EANM abstract


Referee for EJNMMI:

“Validation of software image fusion of PET and CT for IMRT in the head and neck area”

“Accuracy of Transmission CT and FDG-PET in the Detection of Small Pulmonary Nodules with Integrated PET/CT”

After joining GE Healthcare I have refused all other referee enquiries.


Spectrometric compositions of nearby K dwarfs                                                                                                                                                    Kotoneva, E., Shi, J.R., Zhao, G., and Liu Y.J., Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2006, 454, 833-838

A study of Kapteyn’s star                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kotoneva, E.; Innanen, K.; Dawson, P. C.; Wood, P. R.; De Robertis, M. M. Astronomy and Astrophysics 438: 957–962

Eight Gyr Minimum Disk Age from Hipparcos                                                                                                                                                                Chris Flynn, Raul Jimenez and Eira Kotoneva Astrophysics and Space Science

K dwarfs and the Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way                                                                                                                                      Kotoneva, E., PhD thesis, 2002, Annales Universitatis Turkuensis, ser AI, vol 279, Turku, 111 p., ISBN 951-29-2069-7, reviewed by S. Feltzing and B. Nordström

K dwarfs and the chemical evolution of the solar cylinder                                                                                                                            Kotoneva, E., Flynn, C. Chiappini, C. and Matteucci, F., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2002, 336, 879-891

Luminosity-Metallicity Relation for stars on the Lower Main Sequence                                                                                                  Kotoneva, E., Flynn, C. and Jimenez, R., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2002, 335, 1147

Tuorla Quasar monitoring. I. Observations 1995 -1997                                                                                                                                Katajainen, S., Sillanpää, A., Takalo, L.O., Pursimo, T.,Hanski, M., Heinäki, P., Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Pietilä, H., Rekola, R. Riehokainen, A., Teerikorpi, P., Valtaoja, E. and Lähteenmäki A. Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series, 2000, 143, 35

Hipparcos and the Age of the Galactic Disc                                                                                                                                                                   Jimenez, R., Flynn C. and Kotoneva, E.,, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1998, 299, 515


Spectral studies of K dwarfs                                                                                                                                                                                      Kotoneva, E., G. Zhao and J.R. Shi, Conference Publication, 2005, Cool stars, Stellar systems and the Sun Eds. F. Favata et al ESA SP, 2005

K dwarf metallicity indicators and Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way                                                                                                  Kotoneva, E., Chris Flynn, C., Chiappini, C., and Matteucci, F. Conference Publication, 2002, Galaxy Evolution: Theory and Observations Eds. V. Avila-Reese, C. Firmani, C. Frenk and C. Allen, RevMexAA SC (2002)

Tuorla Optical Quasar monitoring program. I                                                                                                                                                        Katajainen, S., Sillanpää, A., Takalo, L.O., Hanski, M., Heinämäki, P., Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Pietilä, H., Pursimo, T., Rekola, R., Riehokainen, A., Valtaoja, E.  Conference publication, 1999, ”BL Lac Phenomenon”, eds. L. O. Takalo and A. Sillanpää, PASP, vol. 159, 87

Metallicities of nearby K-dwarfs                                                                                                                                                                                              Kotoneva, E. and Flynn, C.                                                                                                                                                                                                Conference Publication, 1999, Ap&SS, 265,431Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Galaxy evolution: Connecting the distant Universe with the local fossil record

Eight Gyr Minimum Disk Age from Hipparcos                                                                                                                                                                Flynn, C., Jimenez, R. and Kotoneva, E., Conference Publication, 1999, Ap&SS, 265, 243 Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Galaxy evolution: Connecting the distant Universe  with the local fossil record

Light Curves of OJ287 and 3C66A                                                                                                                                                                        Sillanpää, A., Takalo, L., Heinämäki, P., Katajainen, S., Keinänen, P., Koskimies, M.,   Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Hanski, M., Pietilä, H.,Pursimo, T.,Rekola, R. Riehokainen, A., Turner, G.W, Robertson, J.W., Honeycut, R.K., Efimov, Y.S., Shakhovskoy, N., Tosti, G., Fiorucci, M., Luciani, M., Rizzi, N., Villata, M., Raiteri, C.M., De Francesco, G., Lanteri, L., Chiaberge, M., Peila, A., Sobrito, G., Cavallone, M., Massaro, E., Maesano, M., Montagni, F., Nesci, R., Boltwood, P.,, Dulzin-Hacyan, D., Benitez and E., Heidt, E, 1997,

OJ-94 annual meeting 1997, Perugia Reports, ed. G. Tosti and L. Takalo                                                                                                  Optical quasar monitoring program at Tuorla Observatory Takalo, L., Sillanpää, A., Hanski, M.,Heinämäki, P., Katajainen S,., Keinänen, P., Koskimies, M., Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Pietilä, H.,Pursimo, T., Rekola, R. and Riehokainen A, 1997, OJ-94 annual meeting 1997, Perugia Reports, ed. G. Tosti and L. Takalo

Multifrequency behaviour of the TeV blazars Mk421 and Mk 501                                                                                                         Sillanpää, A., Takalo, L., Teräsranta, H., Katajainen, S., Keinänen, P., Koskimies, M.,  Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Hanski, M., Pietilä, H., Pursimo, T., Rekola, R. and Riehokainen, A., 1997, OJ-94 annual meeting 1997, Perugia Reports, ed. G. Tosti and L. Takalo

BL lac observed at Tuorla during summer 1997                                                                                                                                                Takalo, L., Sillanpää, A., Hanski, M.,Heinämäki, P., Katajainen, S., Keinänen, P., Koskimies, M.,  Kotoneva, E., Lainela, M., Nilsson, K., Nurmi, P., Pietilä, H.,Pursimo, T.,Rekola, R. and Riehokainen, A., 1997, OJ-94 annual meeting 1997, Perugia Reports, ed. G. Tosti and L. Takalo


Linnunradan kemiallinen kehitys Kotoneva, E., 2002, Dimensio, 3/2002 s. 8 – 11, MAOL, Helsinki, Finland


Invited speaker in Turku Book Exhibition, 6.10.2002, together with prof. Esko Valtaoja ”Tähti syttyy, tähti sammuu- missä on elämä?” – ”Birth and       death of a star- Where is Life?”

Invited speaker in Studia Generalia, Kemian päivät 11.11.2002,                                                                                                                        ”Kemiaa Kosmoksessa?”- ”Chemistry in the Cosmos”

Invited speaker in Ursa, Pori, yearly party, 29.10.2002                                                                                                                                  ”Galaksien kehittyminen” – ”Evolution of galaxies”

Invited specialist about Dark matter in Studio Aurora, Turku TV, 8.3.2004


Referee for the PASA:n (Publications of Astronomical Society of Australia), ”The Local K dwarf Metallicity Distribution” 2003, Fenner, Y. and Gibson B. K.

Translation help for the National Geographic Finland – Magazine 12/200

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