Dr. Merilin Al Sharif | CV

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  • 2013 – 2016: PhD, Department QSAR and molecular modelling, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, PhD thesis theme: “Study of the ligand-dependent dysregulation of PPARγ: adverse outcome pathways development and molecular modelling”, Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Tsankovska, PhD and Corr. Memb. Prof. Ilza Pajeva, DSc
  • 2010 – 2012: MSc in Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, MSc thesis theme: “Preparation of monoclonal anti-amadoriase antibodies isolated from Escherichia coli”, Supervisor: Prof. Mariela Odjakova
  • 2006 – 2010: BSc in Biotechnologies, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Career summary

  • 2017 – currently: Senior Assistant Professor, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2016 – 2017: Assistant Professor, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Professional interests

molecular modelling, QSAR, computational toxicology, computer-aided drug design, development of adverse outcome pathways – AOPs, pharmacological modes of action (MoAs) networking, pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion – ADME), biochemistry and molecular biology, biotechnologies etc.


  • International Training School “Molecular modelling of nanomaterials’ toxicity” – MODENA COST ACTION Training School, 20.04.2015 -22.04.2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Participation in scientific projects

  • 2018-2021: National Research Programme “Healthy Foods for a Strong Bio-Economy and Quality of Life”, Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, approved by DCM # 577 / 17.08.2018; http://www.nnp-food.au-plovdiv.bg/
  • 2018-2022: COST Action CA17104 New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tools against Multidrug Resistant Tumors
  • 2015-2019: COST ACTION CM1407 Challenging organic synthesis inspired by nature: from natural products chemistry to drug discovery; http://natchemdrugs.eu/
  • 2016-2018: COST ACTION CM1407 matching project of the National Science Fund of Bulgaria (No. DCOST 01/11/2016)
  • 2013-2015: EU Project n° 266835 (“Integrated in silico models for the prediction of human repeated dose toxicity of cosmetics to optimise safety (COSMOS)”) – Research project funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) and from Cosmetics Europe; http://www.cosmostox.eu
  • 2014-2015: 7FP COSMOS matching project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Bulgaria, Science Directorate (No. Д01-169)
  • 2013-2015: Project BG051PO001-3.3.06-0040 “Establishment of interdisciplinary teams of young scientists in the field of fundamental and applied research relevant to medical practice”, implemented with financial support of the operative program “Human Resources Development” financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union; http://bitys.med.uni-sofia.bg/

Management of scientific projects

  • 2016-2018: Young scientists’ project “Natural product-based modulation of metabolic syndrome: combining in silico and in vivo methods to investigate the potential role of the nuclear receptor PPARγ” (grant DM 01/1/2016), financed by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria

Publication and expert activity

  • 16 publications
  • 67 scientific citations (h index = 5)
  • 41 contributions to international and national scientific forums
  • Reviewer of the International Journal Bioautomation


  • English: very good
  • Italian: very good


Professional membership

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