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Joakim Esbjörnsson, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Virology

“What would be easy turned out to be difficult. That is one way of summarising over 30 years of efforts to find a vaccine or a cure for HIV, the virus that causes the disease AIDS. It is this scientific challenge that triggers the researcher Joakim Esbjörnsson.”
From “Forskarnas Nyheter”(2017)

Joakim Esbjörnsson is an Associate senior lecturer and Associate Professor in Virology at the Department of Translational Medicine, Medical Faculty at Lund University. He is also an Honorary visiting researcher at the University of Oxford. 

His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate HIV disease progression rate. He has made important contributions to our understanding of HIV-2 disease progression, how HIV-2 affects HIV-1 in dual-infection, HIV molecular epidemiology. His current research also involves an in-depth characterization of virus-host interactions during early HIV infection.

Joakim received his Ph.D. from Lund University in 2011, whereafter he performed postdoctoral research at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the University of Oxford until late 2016 when he returned to Lund University to set up his own research group. He has also performed shorter research visits at the Laboratório Nacional de Saúde Pública in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya.

In addition to his research, Joakim enjoys floorball, golf, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Principal Investigator



Systems Virology
Department of Translational Medicine
Lund University
221 84 Lund, Sweden

joakim [dot] esbjornsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (joakim[dot]esbjornsson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)