CV of Dr. Albena Jordanova, PhD

University Education and Qualifications


Degree Institution Year Awarded
Bachelor in Biology Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski" 1990
Master in Molecular Biology and Genetics Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski" 1992
Ph.D. in Sciences Sofia Medical University 1998
Specialty in Medical Biology and Pathology Sofia Medical University 2001

Scientific/ Professional Career


Position Institution Period
Ph.D. student Sofia Medical University 1995-1998
Postdoctoral Fellow Laboratory of Molecular Pathology Sofia Medical University 1998-2003
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow Peripherial Neurophaty Group
Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Antwerp
Assistant Professor Laboratory of Molecular Pathology
Sofia Medical University
Visiting Professor Peripherial Neurophaty Group
Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Antwerp
University of Antwerp Fellowship from OSTC



09/01-15/1993 International FEBS Summer School of Molecular and Cell Biology
"Protein structure, function and design", Spetsai, Greece
06/01-15/1994 Advanced EMBL Course
"DNA Sequencing and Microinjection in Practice", Prague, Czech Republic
03-05/03/1997 Short Therm Specialisation at Institute of Human Genetics
Hanover Medical University, Hannover, Germany

Summer School of Molecular and Cell Biology

"Molecular mechanisms of bacterial infections”, Spetsai, Greece

07/1-14/1999 Second Summer School of Myology,
Association Francaise les Myopaties, Paris, France
22-28/09/2001 3rd International Course 'Genetic Counselling in Practice"
Sestri Levante, Italy
06/29/06-07/08/2003 FEBS/IBRO Summer school “Peripheral Nervous System: from biology to disease”



  • Bulgarian Biochemical Society
  • Bulgarian Association of Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Bulgarian Neurofibromatosis Association
  • European Society of Human Genetics
  • European Charot-Marie-Tooth Consortium


91st ENMC International Workshop: Neuromuscular disorders in the Roma (Gypsies) population - 9th to 11th March 2001, Naarden, The Netherlands


  • 4th Meeting of the European CMT Consortium “Novel mutations in the NEFL gene “, 27-28.11.2001
  • 5th Balkan Meeting on Human Genetics “Laboratory diagnostics of inherited disorders and congentital anomalies in Bulgaria” 26-30.07.2002, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 5th Balkan Meeting on Human Genetics “Spinal muscular atrophy among the Roma (Gypsies) in Bulgaria and Hungary”, 26-30.07.2002, Sofia, Bulgaria

Scientific AWARDS

  • 1994 The Best Young Scientist Award of the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Genetics, Paris, France, 1994
  • 2001 Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, Sofia Medical University, Bulgaria
  • 2004 Best poster presentation, 36th International Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and Continuing Education, 15-18.09.2004, Sofia, Bulgaria


Principal Investigator

Muscular Dystrophy Association of the USA

  • Identification of the gene for dominant intermediate CMT neuropathy (MDA3690/2004)
    National Science Fund, Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science
  • Inherited Peripheral Neuropaties - molecular defects and genotype-phenotype corelations, (1206/2002)
  • Molecular analysis of spinal muscular atrophy in Bulgarian families, (L443/95)
    Medical Science Council, Sofia Medical University
  • A rare form of dominant proximal spinal muscular atrophy – clinical and genetic characterization, (15/2002)
  • Phenotypic characterisation and genetic analysis of a large Bulgarian pedigree with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type II, (27/2001)
  • Molecular characterisation of patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in Bulgaria, (15/2000)
  • The Neuropathy Assiciation of the USA (2004-2006) “Genotype-Phenotype Correlations and Identification of the Gene for dominant intermediate CMT Neuropathy type C (DI-CMTC)”
  • S&T collaboration fond of Bulgaria and India (1202/2002) “Genotype–phenotype correlations of spinal muscular atrophy, hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies and Wilson’s disease in Indian and Bulgarian patients
  • Bruppacher Sonderstiftung, Switzerland, “Towards the eradication of galactokinase deficiency-related blindness in Bulgarian children”
  • National Science Fund, Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, (RV 12/99) “Molecular investigation on neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders in Bulgaria”
  • Research Fond of the University of Perth, West Australia “Galactokinase deficiency in Gypsies”
  • European Community Concerted Actions for Cystic Fibrosis Research and Therapy”(ERBBMH1/96)
  • International Center of Genetic Engeneering and Biotechnology, (107/91) “Molecular Basis of Cystic Fibrosis in Bulgarian Population”