Prof. Anelia Dobrikova | CV

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Education

  • 1991: MSc, Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, Bulgaria;
  • 1999: PhD degree in Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of  Sciences.

Professional career

  • 1991 – 1999: Specialist Biologist, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 1996 – 1999: PhD student, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 2000 – 2010: Research Associate, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 2010 – 2021: Associate Professor, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 2021 – present: Professor, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2021 – present: Acting Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests

Photosynthesis, photosynthetic membranes, electron transport, photosynthetic oxygen evolution, fluorescence, antioxidants, flavonoids, biosensors and abiotic stress factors, adaptation mechanisms, surface electric charges, membrane dipole moments, electro-optics, micro-electrophoresis.

Science metrics indicators

  • Research papers in peer reviewed Journals – 53;
  • Chapters in Handbooks – 4;
  • Proceeding Volumes – 4;
  • Scopus h-index – 11 (without self citations).

Membership in professional organizations

  • Member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria
  • FESPB Member (The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology)

Scientific expertise

  • Guest Editor of 3 Special issues in Plants (MDPI)
  • Editorial Board Member of Acta Sci. Agriculture and J. Plant Biol. & Res.
  • Reviewer for international journals (Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, etc.)
  • Reviewer of PhD Theses
  • Supervisor of Master Thesis – Student Maida Jusovic, Erasmus program under the project: “GreenTech: Smart &Green Technologies for Innovative and Sustainable Societies in Western Balkans”, 2017
  • Scientific consultant of 1 successfully defended PhD student, 2020

Research Projects

  • 2019-2023 “Nitric oxide induced protection mechanisms of the photosynthetic apparatus under salt stress” – Bulgarian National Science Fund, participant;
  • 2018-2022 National Science Program “Healthy food for strong bioiconomics and quality of life”, Funded by MES-BG, participant;
  • 2019-2021 “Synthesis of metallic nanoparticles and evaluating their uptake and effects on photosynthesis using biophysical techniques” – Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Biophysical Department, Faculty of Sciences, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, participant;
  • 2019-2021 “Structure-functional characterization of cyanobacterial mutants during state transitions” – Bilateral Agreements for Scientific Cooperation between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, participant;
  • 2018-2021 “Potential evaluation of different plant species for phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution. Mechanisms of tolerance of the photosynthetic apparatus” – Bilateral Agreements for Scientific Cooperation between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Project coordinator from IBPhBMЕ-BAS: Assoc. Prof. A.G. Dobrikova;
  • 2016-2019  DNTS/Slovakia 01/10 “Impact of excessive nitrogen and metal pollutions on plant defence mechanisms” – Bilateral Scientific Cooperation between the Republic Bulgaria and Slovak Republic, Project funded by The National Science Fund, participant;
  • 2015-2016 “Effect of antioxidants and signaling molecules on the photosynthetic apparatus and its resistance to abiotic stress” – budget subsidy, Project leader;
  • 2015-2017 “Adaptation mechanisms of the photosynthetic apparatus to salinity” – budget subsidy, participant;
  • 2013-2015 “Possibilities for the application of green algae in the development of biosensors for registration of herbicides and heavy metals” – budget subsidy, participant;
  • 2010-2012 “Effect of brassinosteroids on the photosynthetic apparatus of higher plants and its resistance to high-light stress” – budget subsidy,  Project leader;
  • 2010-2012 “Structural and functional consequences of the modification of lipid, carotenoid and protein composition of photosynthetic membranes“ – Joint project by the program of bilateral cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Academy of Sciences (N 21);
  • 2007-2012 B/In01 “Developing a biosensors using photoexitable membranes” – Indo-Bulgarian intergovernmetal programme of cooperation in science and technology; funded by National Science Fund, participant;
  • 2007-2009 “Structural consequenes of the modification of lipid, carotenoid and protein composition of photosynthetic membranes”- Joint project by the program of bilateral cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Academy of Sciences (N 33);
  • 2005-2009 B-1512 “Dynamic and stability of the photosynthetic apparatus“ – Bulgarian National Science Fund, participant;
  • 2004-2006 “Structural Consequenes of the modification of lipid, carotenoid and protein composition of photosynthetic membranes”- Joint project by the program of bilateral cooperation between  Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Academy of Sciences (N 29);
  • 2003-2007 К-1301 “Energy transfer in biological membranes” –Bulgarian National Science Fund, participant;
  • 2000-2004 МY-К-1003 “Stability of pigment-protein complexes” – Bulgarian National Science Fund, Project Leader.

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