Nia Petrova

Contacts

  • Department: Biomacromolecules and Biomolecular Interactions
  • Position: Assistant Professor, PhD student
  • Business address: Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering
    Bulgarian Academy of Science
    Bl. 21, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
  • Phone: (359 2) 979 2628
  • E-mail: petrova_niayahoo.com

Education

  • 2016 – present: PhD sudent at the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Scientific advisors: Prof. Stefka Taneva, DSc and Assoc. Professor Sashka Krumova, PhD
  • 2015: MSc in Plant Biotechnologies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • 2014: BSc in Molecular Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Scientific career

  • 2016-present: Assist. Professor, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS
  • 2014-2016: Biologist, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, BAS

Topics of scientific interest

  • Biophysics of photosynthesis, structural and functional analyses of photosynthetic membranes and supercomplexes in higher plants and cyanobacteria
  • Plant in vitro cultures

Specializations abroad and international collaborations

  • March-June 2018 – Erasmus+ practical traineeship in the Laboratory of Photosynthetic Membranes, Institute of Plant Biology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary
  • 2016-present – Collaboration with the Laboratory of Plant Lipid Function and Structure, Institute of Plant Biology, Szeged, Hungary, Bilateral collaboration with Hungary, EBR program
  • 16-27 October 2016 – Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science on Biophysical Methods to Study Biomolecular Interactions, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 24-29 January 2016 – Venice School on Photosynthesis 2016 (supported by European Biophysical Societies’ Association), Venice, Italy.

Scientific awards

  • Scholarship from World Federation of Scientists, 2016, Geneve, Switzerland

Membership in scientific organizations

  • Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

Publications

  1. N. Petrova, S. Todinova, H. Laczko-Dobos, T. Zakar, S. Vajravel, S. Taneva, Z. Gombos, S. Krumova ”Structural integrity of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 phycobilisomes evaluated by means of differential scanning calorimetry”, Photosynthesis research, 1-10, 2018
  2. N. Petrova, P. Koleva, V. Velikova, T. Tsonev, T. Andreeva, S. Taneva,S. Krumova, K.Danova “Relations between Photosynthetic Performance and Polyphenolics Productivity of Artemisia alba Turra in in vitro Tissue Cultures”, International Journal Bioautomation, 22(1), 2018

Projects

  1. Number and date of the contract: DNTS/Austria 01/7 (from 23.08.2017)
    Title: Encapsulation of peptide-based drugs in natural, synthetic and hybrid nano- and microcapsules
    Project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tonya Andreeva
    Financing organization: National Science Fund of Bulgaria
    Competition (type and year): Competition for financial support for bilateral projects 2016 – BULGARIA – AUSTRIA
  2. Title: The role of Photosystem II supercomplexes arrangement in the thylakoid membranes of higher plants for their drought stress resistance
    Project coordinator: Nia Petrova
    Financing organization: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Type of the competition and year: Program for support of young scientists and PhD students in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – 2017.
    Number or acronym of the project: DFNP-17-138
  3. Title: Structural organization and stability of thylakoid membranes from cyanobacteria
    Project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sashka Krumova
    Financing organization: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Type of the competition and year: bilateral collaboration with Hungary, EBR program, 2016
  4. Title: Aging of human red blood cells in healthy individuals and pathologic conditions, studied by differential scanning calorimetry, atomic force microscopy and biochemical approaches
    Project coordinator: Prof. Stefka G. Taneva
    Financing organization: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Type of the competition and year: bilateral collaboration with Italy, EBR program, 2016

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