Assoc. Prof. Svetla Danova

Co – Chair

The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology or


Dr. Svetla DANOVA is a molecular biologist, with a strong background in microbiology and genetic research on medically and industrially important groups of microorganisms.

She has graduated and completed her MSc and PhD thesis from Biological Faculty, Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2000 completed a post-doctoral study in ENITIAA and INRA-Nantes, France.

Presently she is Assoc. Professor in the Department of General Microbiology, The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology. Since 2008 year Dr. S. Danova is a Head of laboratory “Genetics of lactic acid bacteria & probiotics”.

Coordinator of 3 national and 2 International projects and Participant in 7 National Project, 3 International Programs and 9 International projects.

Author of more than  70 papers on taxonomy, physiology and biological activity of lactic acid bacteria and probiotics, student book “Probiotics” and 3 chapters of book.

Supervisor of 4 PhD students and 15 MSc students.

Technical external expert – Executive Agency Bulgarian Accreditation service for Accreditation laboratories - Microbiological control of food, feeds, cosmetics, water (EN ISO/IEC 17025; EN ISO/IEC 17020).

Prof. Hristo Najdenski

Co - Chair

Corresponding Member of BAS

The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology


Prof. Hristo NAJDENSKI, DVM, DSc. Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Director of the Staphan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology. Head of Department Infectious Microbiology. Competences on pathogenic bacteria e.g. food-borne pathogens, zoonoses, factors and mechanisms of bacterial virulence, bacterial-host relationships, medical and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, infectious immunology, molecular biology, ecology of pathogenic bacteria, new antibacterial agents. Experience on management and coordination of scientific activities, development, realization, and reporting of scientific and administrative projects, supervision of PhD students, providing of practical and theoretical courses on infectious microbiology, organization of congresses, conferences, symposia, etc. Memberships in Editorial Boards -  Bulgarian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Ecological Engineering and Environment Protection, Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, Russian Journal of Infection and Immunity, etc. Vice President of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Section Microbiology, Secretary and co-founder of the Balkan Society for Microbiology, member of the Board and Secretary of the Program Committee.

Prof. Stefan Denev

Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria


Prof. Stefan DENEV, PhD., DSc., Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Trakia University, Bulgaria. He received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in microbiology & nutritional biotechnology. He has completed post-doctoral studies in the Netherlands, Japan and USA. He has been a Visiting Scientist at several prestigious universities in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. He has served as chairman or session chair for many conferences and symposiums. He is the author/co-author of 120 peer-reviewed papers, 21 books, patents, innovations and Implementations in the field of applied microbiology and biotechnology, mycology and mycotoxicology, and functional foods (prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics and phytobiotics). He has received many honours and prestigious national and international scientific awards. Currently, he is a member of several Societies and Scientific Expert Committees. He is also Editor, Editorial and Advisory board member on a number of international scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Iskra Ivanova

 Sofia University, Bulgaria


Prof. Iskra IVANOVA, DSc is a Head of Laboratory for biochemical and genetic analyses in the Department of Microbiology in Sofia University. She is a highly qualified specialist in the biology of lactic acid bacteria as producers of antibacterial substances (bacteriocins) and their use as biopreservatives. Her teaching activities are in accordance with the educational curricula: Microbiology with virology. Metabolism of prokaryotes, Bioethics in life and environmental sciences. Over the past  15  years  she is  a  Head and participant  in  several  projects funded by the  Bulgarian National  Fund; Scientific  Research;,  as  a  part  of  the projects are related to lactic acid bacteria. During the same period she was a head of ten successfully defended doctoral theses in the field of lactic acid bacteria. She is an author of the monography; Future of Lactic Acid Bacteria; and over 100scientific publications, published in Bulgarian and international scientific journals, cited in the country and abroad. She is a head of an international projects: NATO(SfP 982,164 and Copernicus Project CIPA CT 94-0202), International  research project “Isolation of microorganisms from Bulgarian milk products”, Contract with International Research Center Daniel Carrasso, DANONE Group, France Project de  cooperation  scientifique  inter-universitaire  6301PS321  “Les  microorganisms d’intérêt laitier: de la physiologie à la biologie moléculaire” – Agence universitaire de la Francophonie and Bulgarian-French project RILA. She is a head and lecturer of projects under the Erasmus program and Intensive training programs Erasmus. Her  international educational activity is  as follows: Coordinator of: TEMPUS Project JEP 09907/95, TEMPUS JEP 11008/96, TEMPUS JEP 13168/98); Food safety control – 67256-IC-1-2002-1-BG-ERASMUS-EUC-1. –2003-2006

Prof. Hristo Daskalov

NDRVI Sofia,



Prof. Dr Hristo DASKALOV, DVM, PhD, National Center of Food Safety, National Diagnostic and Research Veterinary Institute, 1606 Sofia, BULGARIA,; From December 2011 till now Head of National Centre of Food Safety, National Diagnostic and Research Veterinary Institute, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency; From March. 2008 to Dec. 2011 - Head of National Reference laboratory “Samlonella, Campylobacter and AMR”, Vice Head of National Reference Centre of Food Safety, National Diagnostic and Research Veterinary Institute, Sofia; From 2000 to 2008 - Assoc. Professor , Dept. Hygiene, Technology and Control of Foodstuffs, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Trakia University, Stara Zagora. He specialised in Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation,  Wageningen the Netherlands 2010; EU-RL Antimicrobial resistance, Copenhagen, Denmark – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; EURL “Listeria monocytogenes”, AFSSA-LERQAP, Paris, France, 2009, 201;Borlaug Program, USDAColorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA – 2006; Food Safety Net Services, Ltd, HACCP Training, San Antonio, USA – 2003; USDAColorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA – 2003; Department of Biological Sciences, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – 1997-1998; Department of Biological Sciences, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – 1996.

Representative of Bulgarian food safety authority in DJ-SANCO and EFSA.

Prof. Maria Angelova

The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology


Prof. Maria ANGELOVA, PhD, DSc is working in the field of Mycology and Biotechnology. The main directions of her current research are: fungal identification, morphology, physiology and biochemistry; fungal cell response against different type of abiotic stresses - evaluation of oxidative stress biomarkers; antioxidant enzyme defence, etc; fungal cell factories for production of valuable biological-active compounds incl. cold-active enzymes; fungi as food pathogens. She is author/co-author of 120 scientific peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and 3 patents. She has supervised numerous national and international projects (EU, NATO, DFG, Program ”Bioconversion-2000”, Program International Polar Year Activity etc). She is Editorial board member of 2 peer-reviewed journals, member of scientific juries and reviewer for major scientific journals.

Prof. Ilia Iliev

Plovdiv University, Bulgaria


Prof. Ilia ILIEV, PhD, Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Faculty of Biology, Department of Microbiology & Biochemistry, 24, Tzar Assen, Str., lab.15, 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria, e-mail:

Specific topics:

1. Enzyme syntesis of oligosaccharides with prebiotic potential - experience in glucooligosaccharides, fructooligosaccharides and galactooligosaccharides.

 2. Study of glucosyl transferases and fructosyltransferases from Leuconostoc mesenteroides. Gene-expressiion of GTf and FTF genes in Lactobacillus strains.

3. Biosynthesis of exopolysaccharides from LAB.

4. Metabolism of prebiotic oligosaccharides from different LAN strains

5. Isolation and molecular biology identification of different LAB strains from artisanal Bulgarian fermented foods.

Prof. Atanas Pavlov

The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology


Prof. Atanas PAVLOV, Corresponding Member of BAS. University of Food Technologies, The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, BAS. Atanas Pavlov is a Professor of Technology of Bioactive Substances in the University of Food Technologies, Head of Department of Applied Microbiology and Laboratory of Applied Biotechnologies of the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is a leading specialist in the area of biotechnology of secondary metabolism of plant in vitro systems and the implementation of plant bioactive substances in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Professor Pavlov also has research interests in artificial polyploidy of plant in vitro systems, biomonitoring of plants and food systems and in the development of low-cost alternative cultivation systems. He is a Co-editor of Engineering of Life Sciences.


1. Assoc. Prof. Ekaterina Kroumuva, PhD

2. Assist. Prof.  Petar Grozdanov, PhD

3. Assist. Prof. Galina Dinkova- Stoyancheva, PhD

4. Petya Tsvetanova Nikolova