Mikael Ekblad is specialist doctor in General Practice. His doctoral thesis dealt with smoking during pregnancy and fetal brain development. Since then, he has continued studying the effects of prenatal smoking exposure on child health. He is currently working as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University in Indiana, USA.
His current research focuses on (1) disentangling the effects of prenatal smoking exposure on child neurocognitive outcomes from genetic and environmental factors and (2) examining the effects of prenatal smoking exposure on epigenetic signatures. He has also established in central Satakunta in Finland a maternity and child health clinic study (KESALATU), which is an ongoing prospective follow-up study. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Tobacco-Free Finland 2030 and the Society for Nicotine & Tobacco Research.