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Phone: +359 2 8167 257; 8167 203
e-mail: m_kitanova@biofac.uni-sofia.bg; megun@gmx.co.uk


Sofia University "Sv. Kliment Ohridski",

Department of Genetics,

8 Dragan Tzankov blv., 1164 Sofia

phone: +359 2 8167 257, +359 2 8167 203

e-mail: m_kitanova@biofac.uni-sofia.bg; megun@gmx.co.uk


2011 – PhD (Genetics), Faculty of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

2001 – MSc (Molecular Biology), Faculty of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

1995 – National Humanitarian High School “St. Cyril and Metodii” (Biology), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Training-courses and fellowships:

  • European Networking Summer School (ENSS): “Plant Еpigenetics”, European Science Foundation, Institute Of Plant Genetics And Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany (20-24 September 2010).
  • Regional Training Course: "Cytogenetics And In Vitro Techniques In Mutagenesis of Crop Plants And Radiation-Mediated Reconstruction Of Plant Genome”, IAEA, Institute of Genetics “Acad. Doncho Kostov”, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria (02-13 November 2009).
  • Training Course: “Laboratory Methods of Molecular Genetics”, Institut fuer Mikrobiologie und Genetik, Georg-August Universitaet, Goettingen, Germany (The Socrates/Erasmus Fellowship - March-August, 2003).

Research interest:

Plant cytogenetics; Genome analysis and chromosome identification.

Plant epigenetics; Chromatin organization and gene expression; Non-coding RNAs, siRNAs

Plant molecular genetics; Gene expression and regulation of gene activity.

Scientific activity:

Organization and activity of rRNA genes in translocation lines of barley (H. vulgare), genetic and epigenetic regulation.

dFMRP epigenetic control of gene expression at chromatin level in D. melanogaster.


  1. Georgiev S., Dekova T., Bonchev G., Kitanova M. (2002) Plant transposable elements. A focal point for future studies of plant genomes, Biotechnol&Biotechnol. Eq 16/2: 47-54.
  2. Kitanova M., Georgiev S. (2005) Gene expression of rDNA in translocation lines of barley (H. vulgare L.), Biotechnol&Biotechnol. Eq 19/3: 52-59.
  3. Georgiev S., Bonchev G., Angelova Z., Kitanova M. (2008) Genetic Analysis of Sphaerococcum Mutant Forms of Hexaploid Wheats and Triticale MT47, Biotechnol&Biotechnol. Eq 22/4: 957-958.
  4. Gecheff K., Manova V., Bonchev G., Kitanova M., Vlahova M., Stoilov L. (2008) Position-specific effects in the action of mutagenic agents on the chromosomes of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), Genetics & Breeding 37 (3-4), p.3
  5. Tsvetkov K. St., S. M. Tsvetkov, M. Kitanova, Y. Yordanov and S. Georgiev (2010) Winter poly-rowed barley “Tsvetelina” – an original awnless variety (Hordeum sativum Jess. spp. vulgare L., var. dundar – beyi Zhuk) Genetics&Breeding vol. 39, no. 1-2, 51-56.
  6. Georgieva, D., M. Petrova, M. Kitanova, D. Hristozova, and G. Genova (2011) Preliminary results of a forward genetic screen for X chromosomal dominant modifiers of Drosophila melanogaster dfmr1. Dros. Inf. Serv. 94, 104-111, http://www.ou.edu/journals/dis/DIS94/DIS94.html
  7. Kitanova M., Georgiev S. (2012) Transcriptional activity of translocation NORs in barley (H. vulgare L.), Biotechnol&Biotechnol. Eq. 26, 2855-2865.

Co-author of three student books (in bulgarian)