Researcher: Assoc. Prof. Stela Dimitrova, PhD


Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MU-Plovdiv

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She graduated in chemistry at the Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv. She acquired a degree in Theoretical Foundations of Medical Chemistry. She defended her PhD Thesis on "Identification and antioxidant activity of isoprenoids from the biomass of psychrophilic yeast" in the doctoral program "Bioorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Natural and Physiologically Active Substances". Her research interests are in the field of substances of natural origin, methods for isolation and analysis, biotechnological methods for production, study of their activity, as well as their application as food additives. Currently she is the head of the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry. One PhD student defended a dissertation successfully under her supervision. She is a co-author of textbooks for medical students, dentistry, as well as for applicant students. He is a reviewer in international scientific journals.

Selected Publications:

1. Georgieva Y, Katsarova M, Stoyanov P, Mladenov R, Denev P, Teneva D, Plotnikov E, Bozov P, Dimitrova S. Metabolite Profile and Antioxidant Activity of Some Species of Genus Scutellaria Growing in Bulgaria. Plants, 2021, 10, 45.

2. Mladenova T, Stoyanov P, Denev P, Dimitrova S, Katsarova M, Teneva D, Todorov K, Bivolarska A. Phytochemical Composition, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of the Balkan Endemic Micromeria frivaldszkyana (Degen) Velen. (Lamiaceae). Plants, 2021, 10, 710.

3. Georgieva Y, Katsarova M, Gercheva K, Bozov P, Dimitrova S. HPLC analysis of flavonoids from Scutellaria altissima. Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 2019, 51(Special Issue D), 119-123.

4. Кatsarova M, Dimitrova S, Lukanov L, Sadakov F. Determination of phenolic acids, flavonoids, terpenes and ecdysteroids in medicinal plant extracts and food supplements. Comptes rendus de l’Academie bulgare des sciences. 2017, 70(7), 947-956.

5. Dimitrova S, Pavlova K, Lukanov L, Korotkova E, Petrova E, Zagorchev P, Kuncheva M. Production of metabolites with antioxidant and emulsifying properties by antarctic strain Sporobolomyces salmonicolor AL1. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2013, 169(1), 301-311.