CV Nina Atanasova

Title Senior Scientist
Postal address Finnish Meteorological Institute, POB 503, 00101 HELSINKI
Street address Erik Palménin Aukio 1, 00560 HELSINKI
Phone number +358 50 373 4855

Fields of expertise

  • Aerobiology

  • Microbiology

  • Virology

  • Biological Ice Nucleation

  • Microbiology of extreme environments


Academy of Finland/ Sources, Transport and Viability of Microbes in the Atmosphere

University and other degrees

  • Docent (microbiology), 2017, University of Helsinki

  • PhD (microbiology), 2013, University of Helsinki

  • MSc (microbiology), 2010, University of Helsinki

Previous professional appointments

  • University of Helsinki: Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013-2017

  • University of Helsinki: Graduate Student, 2010-2013

  • University of Helsinki: Research assistant and Researcher, 2007-2010

  • Helsinki University Hospital (HUS): Researcher, 2009

  • Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Uppsala, Sweden): Research Assistant, 2007

Other professional activities


List of publications

A1 Peer-reviewed scientific articlesA1-1Atanasova, N. S., Demina, T. A., Krishnam Rajan Shanthi, S. N. V., Oksanen, H. M. & Bamford, D. H., 2018. Extremely halophilic pleomorphic archaeal virus HRPV9 extends the diversity of pleolipoviruses with integrases. Research in Microbiology, 169, 9, p. 500-504.A1-2Atanasova, N. S., Heiniö, C. H., Demina, T. A., Bamford, D. H. & Oksanen, H. M, 2018. The unexplored diversity of pleolipoviruses: the surprising case of two viruses with identical major structural modules. Genes.9, 3, 18, pii: E131. doi: 10.3390/genes9030131.A1-3Demina, T.*, Atanasova, N. S.*, Pietilä, M. K., Oksanen, H. M. & Bamford, D. H., 2016 Vesicle-like virion of Haloarcula hispanica pleomorphic virus 3 preserves high infectivity in saturated salt. Virology 499, p. 40-51.* authors contributed equallyA1-4Demina, T. A., Pietilä, M. K., Svirskaite, J., Ravantti, J. J., Atanasova, N. S., Bamford, D. H., & Oksanen, H.M., 2016. Archaeal Haloarcula californiae icosahedral virus 1 highlights conserved elements in icosahedral membrane-containing DNA viruses from extreme environments. mBio 7, p. e00699-16.A1-5Atanasova, N. S., Demina, T. A., Bamford, D. H., and Oksanen, H. M., 2014. Archaeal viruses multiply: temporal screening in a solar saltern. Viruses 7, 4, p. 1902-1926.A1-6Sencilo, A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Russell, D. A., Ko, C-C., Bowman, C. A., Atanasova, N. S., Österlund, E.,Oksanen, H., Bamford, D., Hatfull, G. F., Roine, E. & Hendrix, R. W. 2013. Snapshot of haloarchaeal tailed virus genomes. RNA Biology. 10, p. 803-816.A1-7Atanasova, N. S., Pietilä, M. K. & Oksanen, H. 2013. Diverse antimicrobial interactions of halophilic archaea and bacteria extend over geographical distances and cross the domain barrier. MicrobiologyOpen. 2, 5, p. 811-825.A1-8Pietilä, M. K., Atanasova, N. S., Oksanen, H. M. & Bamford, D. H. 2013. Modified coat protein forms the flexible spindle-shaped virion of haloarchaeal virus His1. Environmental Microbiology. 15, 6, p. 1674-1686.A1-9Atanasova, N. S., Roine, E., Oren, A., Bamford, D. H. & Oksanen, H. M. 2012. Global network of specific virus-host interactions in hypersaline environments. Environmental Microbiology. 14, 2, p. 426-440.A1-10Pietilä, M. K., Atanasova, N. S., Manole, V., Liljeroos, L., Butcher, S., Oksanen, H. & Bamford, D. 2012. Virion architecture unifies globally distributed pleolipoviruses infecting halophilic archaea. Journal of Virology. 86, 9, p. 5067-5079 13 p.

A2 Scientific review article, Literature review, Systematic review, Book sectionA2-1Roine, E. and Atanasova, N. S., 2019. Vesicle-like Archaeal Viruses. In: Encyclopedia of Virology 4th edition, edits, Bamford, D.H. and Zuckerman, M. Elsevier. In Press.A2-2Demina, T.A. and Atanasova, N.S., 2019. Ecology of Phages in Extreme Environments. In: Encyclopedia of Virology 4th edition, edits, Bamford, D.H. and Zuckerman, M. Elsevier. In Press.A2-3Demina, T. A., Pietilä, M. K., Svirskaite, J., Ravantti, J. J., Atanasova, N. S., Bamford, D. H. & Oksanen, H.M. HCIV-1 and other tailless icosahedral internal membrane-containing viruses of the family Sphaerolipoviridae. Viruses 18, 9 (2). pii: E32. doi: 10.3390/v9020032.A2-4Bamford, D. H., Pietilä, M. K., Roine, E. S., Atanasova, N. S., Dienstbier, A., Oksanen, H. M. & ICTV Report Consortium, 2017. Journal of General Virology, 98, p. 2916–2917.A2-5Atanasova, N. S., Bamford, D. H. & Oksanen, H. M., 2016. Virus-host interplay in high salt environments. Environmental Microbiology Reports 8, p. 431-444.)A2-6Atanasova, N. S., Bamford, D. H. & Oksanen, H. M., 2015. Haloarchaeal virus morphotypes. Biochimie 118, p. 333-343.A2-7Atanasova, N. S., Oksanen, H. & Bamford, D., 2015. Haloviruses of archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotes. Current Opinion in Microbiology 25, p. 40-48.A2-8Atanasova, N. S., Sencilo, A., Pietilä, M. K., Roine, E., Oksanen, H. M., and Bamford, D. H. Comparison of lipid-containing bacterial and archaeal viruses. In: Advances in Virus Research 92, Maramorosch, K., Mettenleiter, T. C. (Edit.). p. 1-61.A2-9Pietilä M. K., Demina T. A., Atanasova N. S., Oksanen H. M., and Bamford D. H., 2014. Archaeal viruses and bacteriophages: comparisons and contrasts. Trends in Microbiology 22, 6, p. 334-344.A2-10Oksanen, H., Pietilä, M. K., Sencilo, A., Atanasova, N. S., Roine, E. & Bamford, D. 2012. Virus universe: Can it be constructed from a limited number of viral architectures. In: Viruses: Essential Agents of Life. Witzany, G. (ed.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 83-105 23 p.