UCL Division of Biosciences


UGI Seminar - Dr Ville Pimmenoff - Karolinksa Instituet

03 November 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Dr Ville Pimmenoff

Title: Viral ecology and evolution in post-vaccinated world: human papillomaviruses revised

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Jackie Gadd



Abstract:   Comprehensive human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine implementation will radically change the ecological conditions of this virus-host interaction. Vaccinated early adolescent now possess a sustainable protective immune response. Furthermore, depending on the community level vaccination coverage and cross-protection strategy the unvaccinated females and males will be protected by strong, vague or no herd effect against a number of oncogenic HPV type infections. Vaccine-induced evolutionary responses of different HPV types warrant examination. In my talk I will discuss the evolutionary framework and results on the occurrence of non-vaccine HPV types over-time up to nine years post-vaccination in a community-randomized setting with gender-neutral and/or girls-only HPV vaccination strategy vs. no HPV vaccination.

About the Speaker

Dr Ville Pimenoff

Senior Research Fellow at Karolinska Institutet

Currently works at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden & National Cancer Center (FICAN-MID), Finland in association with Helsinki University/Tampere University/Oulu University. Research focuses on metagenomics and phylodynamics of microbial and pathogen exposures in humans. Member of the Human Exposome Assessment Platform (@heap_exposome) and the European Human Exposome Network.

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