CV of Vesselin Mitkov Chorbov, PhD

smurfEDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

2001 - 2004 Ph. D. student in Genetics - Laboratory of Molecular Pathology and Preclinical University Center, Medical University, Sofia.

1995 - 1997 M. Sc. - Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski" and Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Medical University, Sofia; M. Sc. thesis: “Candidate genes for bipolar and unipolar affective disorders - an association study”; Supervisor - Prof. Ivo Kremensky, M. D., Ph. D.

1994 - 1995 Specialization - “Genetic and Cell Engineering”, Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski".

1991 - 1993 B. Sc. - Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski".

1985 - 1990 English Language School, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

PROFESSIONAL / RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

1997 - 2001 Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, University Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University - Sofia.

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS:

2004 - 2005 Fine mapping of chromosome 4p16 locus linked with Bipolar Affective Disorder in Bulgarian families - Council of Medical Science, Medical University - Sofia.

2003 - 2005 National program “Genomics”: Genomics of Affective Disorders - National science fund, Ministry of education and science.

2001 - 2002 Linkage analysis on chromosome 21q22 in patients with Bipolar Affective Disorder in Bulgarian Families - Council of Medical Science, Medical University - Sofia.

1997 - 2000 European collaborative study on molecular genetics of Affective Disorders: BIOMED 2 program of the EU (Genes in Affective Disorder).

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND SKILLS:

- Linkage Analysis and Association Studies on candidate genes for Affective Disorders;

- Neuropsychiatric Genetics;

- Methods for statistical evaluation of genetic data;

- Extraction and purification of DNA, PCR techniques, Polymorphic DNA markers analysis, SSCA, Electrophoretic separation of DNA fragments, DNA sequencing and genotyping, DNA visualization methods, Gene mapping.