Molecular biologist in the molecular medicine centre / Department of medical chemistry and biochemistry, Medical university – Sofia, Bulgaria
ELSI representative of the Molecular Medicine Centre Biobank at the European Biobank BBMRI-ERIC
Assistant professor in the Department of medical chemistry and biochemistry, Medical university – Sofia, Bulgaria
Dr.Ivanova is a molecular biologist in the Molecular Medicine Centre and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Medical University – Sofia. In 2019, she became a part of the Bulgarian Biobanking initiative as a representative of the Molecular Medicine Centre Biobank about ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) at the European Biobank (BBMRI-ERIC).
Dr.Ivanova joined the Neurogenetics group of the Molecular Medicine Centre in 2011. Since that time, she has been doing research and diagnostics in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders, and hereditary ataxias. Since 2018, she has been involved actively in genomic studies including next-generation sequencing data analysis of neurological and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr.Ivanova graduated in 1995 in Biotechnology with specialization in Gene and Cell Engineering at the Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“. She got her Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Molecular Pathology and the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the Medical University – Sofia studying the molecular bases of hereditary spastic paraplegia. She has a Board Certification in Medical Biochemistry from Medical University-Sofia.
Dr.Ivanova has specialized in the Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp of the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). In 2007, she went to the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, where she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the molecular evolution area.
Her main research interests are in the field of neurogenetics, genomics, and modern genetic technologies for diagnostics and treatment of human genetic disorders, molecular diversity, and evolution.