ABOUT ME

High-skilled and result driven Senior Scientist with strong leadership experience and a proven record of achieving scientific and personal goals. Eager to provide better health and food production by developing novel technologies with a focus on human microbiota, probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented product. Established scientist in the field of probiotics and human microbiota but my mind is always in search of new ways to improve and develop things. I am motivated and open to work with other scientists on joint projects or as your consultant trying to find the best solution for you. Working together will offer me tremendous opportunities to take scientific results to the next level, which will translate to the general public and our modern society.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Human microbiota

Vaginal microbiota and women's health 

Host-microbe and microbe-microbe interaction

Molecular techniques and genome editing

EDUCATION

2009 - 2013

KU Leuven and University of Antwerp, Belgium

Ph.D. of Bioscience Engineering.

Thesis title: “Molecular and functional analyses of lectins in Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

2006 - 2008

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Master of Microbiology and Microbiological Control.

Thesis title: ”Antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria against problematic clinical strains.”

2002 - 2006

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Batchelor of Molecular Biology

WORK EXPERIENCE 

2017-2018

Research associate at KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Lead a small research team (1 technician, 2 Ph.D. students);

  • Manage funds and resources (two group projects and two Ph.D. projects)

  • Write projects and articles;

  • Perform research experiments;

  • Network and collaborate with other researchers, by attending meetings and international conferences;

  • Present at international conferences and as an invited speaker at universities and companies;

  • Organize scientific conferences (ISPP-SFA, “Women & their Microbes” and NSABS)

 

2014-2017

Postdoctoral FWO fellow at KU Leuven and University of Antwerp, Belgium

  • Perform research experiments;

  • Mentor and supervise bachelor, master and PhD students; teach new students how to work in the lab;

  • Manage and supervise lab technicians;

  • Write projects and articles;

  • Lead a small research team;

  • Network and collaborate with other researchers;

  • Manage fund and resources.

  • Organize scientific conferences (ISPP-SFA, “Women & their Microbes and NSABS);

  • Attend scientific conferences (10 times invited speaker)

 

2015

A postdoctoral research program in Canada at the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotic Research at Lawson research institute and University of Western Ontario

Postdoctoral fellowship position based on FWO travel grant. The research stay was in the laboratory of Prof. Gregor Reid and Prof. Gregor Gloor. During the research exchange, I worked and learn:

  • how to analyze microbiome communities,

  • how to use R language,

  • how to compare the genome of Lactobacillus species

 

2008-2009

Clinical Microbiologist at the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology and Virology, Queen Giovanna Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Work in the laboratory and preform microbiology tests;

  • Take decisions on the course of treatment;

  • Supervise technical staff;

  • Teach new staff members.

 

2006-2008

Medical Laboratory Technician at the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology and Virology, Queen Giovanna Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Work in the laboratory and perform microbiology tests;

  • Teach new staff members.

 

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