Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen I. Georgiev

Head of Department of Plant Cell Biotechnology


Milen I. Georgiev holds a PhD in biotechnology from the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). He has 17 years of experience in natural products field and has published in excess of 150 papers. He has delivered 50+ invited lectures in 20 different countries.

Milen holds several grants from the NSF of Bulgaria and framework programmes of the European Union (incl. H2020 – PlantaSYST project, well-funded with 30 million Euro).

In 2011, 2015, and 2020 he was awarded by the Bulgarian Government with Pythagoras award for outstanding scientist (the only Bulgarian to receive this prestigious award three times), besides “Marin Drinov” award (2009) and highly cited paper award (2018) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Milen serves as an Associate Editor of Phytomedicine and Food and Chemical Toxicology (both published by Elsevier), and on the Editorial boards of Biotechnology Letters (Springer), Chinese Medicine (Springer Nature) and Molecules (MDPI). Serving as a chairman, he established the International Conference on Natural Products Utilization: from Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU), which had four issues so far. The latest ICNPU edition attracted attention of 330+ participants from 50 different countries (

His current research focuses on the biosynthesis of fine molecules and the development of biotechnological tools for their sustainable mass production along with the application of emerging platforms for comprehensive metabolite profiling (i.e. NMR-based metabolomics) and biochemometrics (chemometrics in tandem with anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory assays).