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Vasil Atanasov

Email: vatanasov@chem.uni-sofia.bg

Phone: + 359 2 8161-609

Fax: + 359 2 9625-438

Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski”

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

1164 Sofia, 1 James Bourchier Blivd.



  • B. Sc. – Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 2004.
  • M. Sc. – Medical Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 2005.
  • Ph.D. – Analytical Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor in Medicine (Toxicology), Military Medical Academy, 2012 -
  • Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 2009 –
  • Assistant Professor in Toxicology of CWA, Military Medical Academy, 2010-2012
  • Chemist, Analytical Toxicology Lab., Military Medical Academy, 2006-2008

Specializations and Visiting Researcher at:

  • Advanced Laboratory Course on Analyses of CWA, Slovakia, October 2012.
  • Biochemistry of Toxins, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, December, 2011.

Research Interests

  • Analytical Toxicology (biochemical assays and instrumental chromatographic analyses of poisons in biosamples)
  • Forensic Toxicology (diagnostics of poisoning in the emergency medicine; postmortem toxicology; DRUID)
  • Toxins in viper’ venom (phospholipase A2; hemotoxins).

Selected Publications (max 5)

  1. V.N. Atanasov, I. Petrova, C. Dishovsky. In vitro investigation of new reactivators on OPC inhibited rat brain acetylcholinesterase. Chem. Biol. Interact., 203(1), 139-143, 2013.
  2. V. N. Atanasov, S. Stoykova, A. Runiov, T. Dimitrova, D. Aleksandrova, S. Tsakovski, M. Mitewa. Stability of diazepam in blood samples at different storage conditions and in the presence of alcohol. Forenscic Sci. Int. 215, 159-163, 2012.
  3. I. Marinov, V. N. Atanasov, E. Stankova, D. Duhalov, S. Petrova and
    A. Hubenova, Severe coagulopathy after Vipera ammodytes ammodytes snakebite in Bulgaria: a case report. Toxicon, 56 (6), 1066-1069, 2010.
  4. V. N. Atanasov, D. Danchev, M. Mitewa and S. Petrova.. Hemolytic and anticoagulant study of the neurotoxin vipoxin and its components – basic phospholipase A2 and an acidic inhibitor. Biochemistry (Moscow) 74 (3), 339-345, 2009.

Project Activity – (Research Projects in the last 5 years)

Participant in local projects funding by National Science Fund and by Sofia University in the field of biochemistry, pharmacology and experimental toxicology. (Detailed list in Bulgarian).

Teaching Activity

Period from - to Discipline Specialty
2008 – Analytical Chemistry Molecular Biology, Biology (Faculty of Biology)
2009 - Analytical Chemistry Chemistry (FCF)
2010 - Analytical Toxicology Medical Chemistry (FCF)
2012 - Forensic Toxicology Medicine / Pharmacy
2014 - Analytical Chemistry Pharmacy (FCF)


External Scientific Service Activities

Member of Editorial Board of:

  • Bulgarian Journal for Chemistry
  • MD Medical Data (Belgrade)