Researcher: Chief Asst. Prof. Nikolay Mehterov, PhD

гл. ас. Николай Мехтеров дб


Department of Medical Biology, MU Plovdiv

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Production: 21 peer-reviewed papers, H-index 13

Education & professional positions
• Chief Assistant-Professor (2018 – present)
• Assistant-Professor (2013 -2017), Medical University - Plovdiv, Department of Medical Biology;
• 2009-2013 PhD, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, Bulgaria;
• 2007-2009: Biologist, Dept. Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, Bulgaria;
• MSc in Molecular Biology (2005-2007)
• Bachelor in Biology (2000-2004), University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Research interests:
• Identification of new miRNAs/lncRNAs and their targets in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC)
• Functional studies of miRNAs in HNSCC cell lines

Participation in research projects:
1)Bulgarian National Science Fund, "Combined approach for identification of new miRNA biomarkers in oral carcinoma", from 18.12.2019, Project coordinator.

2) Medical University Plovdiv “Transcription analyzes in oral cancer” grant Р-7638, НО-18/2014; Leading scientist
Specializations in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, and Italy

Selected Publications:

1. Moisoiu V, Stefancu A, Gulei D, Boitor R, Magdo L, Raduly L, Pasca S, Kubelac, P, Mehterov N, Chiș V, Simon M, Muresan M, Irimie AI, Baciut M, Stiufiuc R,Pavel IE, Achimas-Cadariu P, Ionescu C, Lazar V, Sarafian V, Notingher I, Leopold N, Berindan-Neagoe I (2019) SERS-based differential diagnosis between multiple solid malignancies: breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian and oral cancer. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2;14:6165-6178.IF=4.471 doi: 10.2147/IJN.S198684

2. Irimie, A., Braicu, C., Cojocneanu, R., Magdo, L., Onaciu, A., Ciocan, C., Mehterov, N., Dudea, D., Buduru, S. and Berindan-Neagoe, I. (2018). Differential effect of smoking on gene expression in head and neck cancer patients. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (7), p.1558 .IF=2.145 doi: 10.3390/ijerph15071558

3. Irimie, A.I., Ciocan, C., Gulei, D., Mehterov, N., Atanasov, A.G., Dudea, D. and Berindan-Neagoe, I., (2018). Current Insights into Oral Cancer Epigenetics. International journal of molecular sciences, 19(3), p.670. IF= 3.226 doi: 10.3390/ijms19030670

4. Gulei, D., Mehterov, N., Nabavi, S. M., Atanasov, A. G., & Berindan-Neagoe, I. (2017). Targeting ncRNAs by plant secondary metabolites: The ncRNAs game in the balance towards malignancy inhibition. Biotechnology advances. IF=10.597 DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.11.003

5. *Braicu, C., *Mehterov, N., Vladimirov, B., Sarafian, V., Nabavi, S. M., Atanasov, A. G., & Berindan-Neagoe, I. (2017, July). Nutrigenomics in cancer: Revisiting the effects of natural compounds. In Seminars in Cancer Biology. Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer. 2017.06.011. (*Shared 1st co-authorship). IF=9.141