- Written by Dimitar Kirkovski
Professor Dr. Milen Georgiev
Position: Head of Department of Plant Cell Biotechnology, CPSBB
Person-in-Charge of the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology for the PlantaSYST project
Prof. Dr. Milen I. Georgiev is heading a Lab of Metabolomics within the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). He has 18 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, as at present the only scientist in Bulgaria to have won three times.
Milen serves as an Associate Editor of Phytomedicine and Food and Chemical Toxicology (both published by Elsevier), and on the Editorial boards of several journals in biotechnology and natural products fields. 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 (www.icnpu.com/2019).
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 metabolomics and biochemometrics (chemometrics in tandem with anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory assays).
Atanasov A.G., Zotchev S.B., Dirsch V.M., Orhan I.E., Banach M., Rollinger J.M., Barreca D., Weckwerth W., Bauer R., Bayer E.A., Majeed M., Bishayee A., Bochkov V., Bonn G.K., Braidy N., Bucar F., Cifuentes A., D’Onofrio G., Bodkin M., Diederich M., Dinkova-Kostova A.T., Efferth T., El Bairi K., Arkells N., Fan T-P., Fiebich B.L., Freissmuth M., Georgiev M.I. et al. (2021) Natural products in drug discovery: advances and opportunities. Nature Reviews in Drug Discovery. DOI: 10.1038/s41573-020-00114-z (IF 64.797)
Li J., Meng Y., Zhang K., Li Q., Li S., Xu B., Georgiev M.I., Zhou M. (2020) Jasmonic acid-responsive RRTF1 transcription factor controls DTX18 gene expression in hydroxycinnamic acid amide secretion. Plant Physiology, DOI: 10.1093/plphys/kiaa043.
Shi M., Liao P., Nile S.H., Georgiev M.I., Kai G. (2020) Biotechnological exploration of transformed root culture for value-added products. Trends in Biotechnology, DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2020.06.012.
Marchev A., Yordanova Z.P., Georgiev M.I. (2020) Green (cell) factories for advanced production of plant secondary metabolites. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 40(4): 443-458.Amirova K., Dimitrova P., Marchev A.S., Aneva I.Y., Georgiev M.I. (2019) Clinopodium vulgare L. extract and its active constituents modulate cyclooxygenase-2 expression in neutrophils. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 124: 1-9.