Research group - Joakim Dillner

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Our primary research is within Molecular epidemiology, Virology, eScience and Cancer.

Within a center for cervical cancer prevention we perform basic and translational studies on Human Papilloma virus (HPV) and HPV-based prevention, including an international reference laboratory function where we sequence, document and store all new Papilloma viruses. We also run a Nordic center of excellence for better use of IT within health care and research (eScience).

Research group leader Joakim Dillner


Joakim Dillner

Organizational unit: Division of Pathology

Group members

Camilla LaghedenBiomedical scientist
Carina EklundLaboratory coordinator
Davit BzhalavaBioinformatician
Emilie HultinResearch coordinator
Hanna ArtemchukR&D trainee
Helena AnderssonResearch administrator
Helena FaustPostdoc
Ingrid NormanAssociated
Joakim DillnerProfessor/clinical chemist
Karin SundströmProject coordinator
Lars AnderssonResearch coordinator
Maria HortlundSystem developer
Matti LehtinenVisiting professor
Miriam ElfströmPostdoc
Nasrin PerskvistResearch coordinator
Sara Arroyo MührPhD student
Sara Nordqvist KleppeDatabase coordinator
Tapio LuostarinenPostdoc
Ulla RudsanderProject manager
Vitaly SmelovAssociated
Zurab BzhalavaR&D trainee

Research techniques

  • Next Generation Sequencing 
  • HPV-testing and typing 
  • Registry research 
  • eScience
  • Health economy

External funding

The Swedish Research Council, Swedish Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Sweden, EU, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Nordic Cancer Union

International Human Papillomavirus Reference Center
Nordic Center of Excellence in Health-Related e-Sciences

Selected publications

Efficacy of HPV-based screening for prevention of invasive cervical cancer: follow-up of four European randomised controlled trials.
Ronco G, Dillner J, Elfström K, Tunesi S, Snijders P, Arbyn M, et al
Lancet 2014 Feb;383(9916):524-32

High-throughput monitoring of human papillomavirus type distribution.
Söderlund-Strand A, Dillner J
Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Feb;22(2):242-50

Randomised health services studies.
Hakama M, Malila N, Dillner J
Int. J. Cancer 2012 Dec;131(12):2898-902

Phylogenetically diverse TT virus viremia among pregnant women.
Bzhalava D, Ekström J, Lysholm F, Hultin E, Faust H, Persson B, et al
Virology 2012 Oct;432(2):427-34

The 2010 global proficiency study of human papillomavirus genotyping in vaccinology.
Eklund C, Forslund O, Wallin K, Zhou T, Dillner J,
J. Clin. Microbiol. 2012 Jul;50(7):2289-98