CV of Bilyana Georgieva, PhD

Education and qualifications

1993 -1996 Bachelor in Molecular Biology; Faculty of Biology, Sofia University
1996 -1998 Specialisation in Clinical chemistry, Master of Sciense in Molecular Biology; Faculty of Biology, University of Sofia

Graduation thesis

"SSCP analyses for DNA diagnoses of Beta-thalassemia in Bulgaria"

Promotor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivo Kremensky, MD, PhD

Previous and Current Employment

1997 - 1998 Graduate Student in Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Sofia
Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sofia
1998 - 2001 Research Assistant, Laboratory of Molecular Pathology,
University Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sofia
2001 PhD student in in Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Sofia
Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sofia

Practical Experience

  • Isolation of DNA from blood cells, chorionic cells, amniotic fluid, Guthrie cards;
  • Polymerase chain reaction;
  • Agarose electrophoresis, PAAG electrophoresis, Silver staining;
  • Single strand conformation polymorfism analyses (SSCP analyses);
  • Direct restriction analyses;
  • Restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses (RFLP analyses);

Participation in research projects

  • Genetic defects in muscular dystrophy type 2A (LGMD2A) in Bulgaria. Grant No31/2004, Sofia Medical University;
  • 550delA CAPN3 gene mutation in Bulgarian patients with LGMD2A.Grant No7D/2003, Sofia Medical University;
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2C among Gypsy minority in Bulgaria. Screening for heterozygosity of C283Y mutation in gamma-sarcoglycan gene. Grant No 20/2001, Sofia Medical University.

Research

  • DNA diagnostics of patients with DMD/BMD
  • DNA diagnostics of patients with LGMD2C and epidemiological investigation;
  • Molecular basis of LGMD2A in Bulgaria