Vladimir B. Doronichev's professional experience is related to the study of Paleolithic in the Caucasus. He graduated in Archaeology from the Archaeology Department at Leningrad State University, Russia, in 1978-1986, then post-graduated in 1989-1995 before defending his PhD thesis in Archaeology in 1995 at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Since 1999, he has worked as Director of the Laboratory of Prehistory in St. Petersburg, an autonomous non-profit organization.
Since the 1990s, the focus of his research has been the study of the Paleolithic in the Caucasus and West Eurasia. Since 1991, he has co-directed fieldworks at many Paleolithic sites in the Caucasus, including the Mezmaiskaya and Matuzka caves and Sredniy Khadjokh open-air site, and Paleolithic surveys in many areas of the Northwestern Caucasus. From 1986 until 2000, he led excavations at the Lower Paleolithic site of Treugolnaya Cave. He was the Principal Investigator in research projects supported by grants from the Russian Humanities Scientific Foundation (Russia), Soros Foundation (USA), Fulbright Program (USA), Glassman Holland Foundation (USA), National Geographic Society (USA), and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA), as well as a collaborator in many other research projects.
He reported results of his research in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the University of California in Berkeley, as well as the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel), the Institute for Human Paleonthology in Paris (France), St. Petersburg State University, and in many other international meetings in Russia and abroad. The results of his research are reported in Russian, English, and French in two books published in Russian and over 130 articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books, including top-ranked journals such as Science, Nature, the Journal of Human Evolution, Nature Communications, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Current Anthropology, Quaternary Science Reviews, the Journal of World Prehistory, Quaternary International, Antiquity, L’Anthropologie, and others.