As a molecular scientist I´m specialized in evolutionary genetics. Currently exploring pathogen and microbiome evolution by metagenomics in human health and disease using modern and ancient sampling. Thrilled by the new innovations in next generation sequencing.

In 2015, he received the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 20,000€ research award for studying the evolution of oncogenic papillomaviruses infection humans.

In 2012, he received the $2,500 Geo von Krogh Award for the best presented work at the International Papillomavirus Conference awarded by the International Papillomavirus Society regarding his work on papillomaviruses causing genital warts among HIV-/+ patients.



Gray P, Luostarinen T, Vänskä S, Eriksson T, Lagheden C, Man I, Palmroth J, Pimenoff VN, Söderlund-Strand A, Dillner J, Lehtinen M. Occurrence of human papillomavirus (HPV) type replacement by sexual risk-taking behaviour group: Posthoc analysis of a community randomized clinical trial up to nine years after vaccination (IV). International Journal of Cancer (in press).

Pimenoff VN, Tous S, Benavente Y, Alemany L, Quint W, Bosch FX, Bravo IG, de Sanjosé S. Distinct geographic clustering of oncogenic human papillomaviruses multiple infections in cervical cancers: Results from a worldwide cross-sectional study. Int J Cancer. 2018 . doi: 10.1002/ijc.31964.

Pimenoff VN, Houldcroft CJ, Rifkin RF, Underdown S. The Role of aDNA in Understanding the Coevolutionary Patterns of Human Sexually Transmitted Infections. Genes (Basel). 2018;9 (7):. doi: 10.3390/genes9070317.

Gray P, Palmroth J, Luostarinen T, Dubin G, Garnett G, Eriksson T, Natunen K,  Merikukka M, Paavonen J, Pimenoff VN, Söderlund-Strand A, Vänskä S, Dillner J,  Lehtinen M. .Evaluation of human papillomavirus type-replacement in unvaccinated and vaccinated adolescent females by vaccination strategy. International Journal of Cancer2018 15;142(12):2491-2500. doi: 10.1002/ijc.31281.

Pimenoff VN*, Mendes de Oliveira C and Bravo IG. Transmission between Archaic and Modern Human Ancestors during the evolution of the oncogenic human papillomavirus 16. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2017 34(1):4-19. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw214. *Corresponding author.