Albena Ivanova

Associate Professor Аlbena Ivanova, PhD

Building 23, Office 203
Phone: +359 2 979 3745

Field of Research

Study of qualitative and quantitative changes in lipids and their fatty acid composition in the plant membranes of higher plants and algae under the impact of various biotic and abiotic environmental factors and different growing conditions. Biologically active substances from algae, medicinal and halophytic plants.


  • 1998 – PhD in plant physiology, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1984 – MSc molecular and functional biology, genetics, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Faculty of Biology

Academic positions

  • 2011- continuing – Associate Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999-2011 – Assistant Professor, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Specializations abroad and international collaborations

  • Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 1993
  • Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2000
  • Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, 2003
  • Russia, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow, 2003
  • Russia, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow, 2005
  • Tunisia, Center for Biotechnology Borj Cedria – Tunisia, 2013
  • Morocco, National Institute for Agronomic Research – Rabat, 2014

Projects in the last ten years

  • Project DO-02-246 “ Intraspecific  Diversity, Bioactive Substances, Cultivation and Sustainable Use of Tribulus terrestris L. for the Pharmaceutical Industry”, 2009-2012, Member of the Research Team
  • Project: “Role of the supramolecular organization of the FS2-CCK2 complex in isoprene-secreting plants and the relationship and thermal protection” bilateral cooperation with Hungary, for the period 2010-2013, member of the scientific team
  • Project: “Impact of industrial pollution and salinization of halophytic flora plants of Ukraine and Bulgaria” within the framework of the Agreement for scientific cooperation between BAS and NAS of Ukraine, for the period 2009-2013,  project leader :Assoc. Prof. Dr. Albena Ivanova
  • Project: “Peculiarities of adaptation of halophytic plants from the Black Sea coast and crops to the conditions of abiotic stress” within the framework of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the NAS of Ukraine for the period 2013-2017, project leader : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Albena Ivanova
  • Project: “Cellular mechanisms of resistance of halophytic plants of flora of Ukraine and Bulgaria to the action of abiotic stress factors” within the framework of the Agreement for scientific cooperation between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the NAS of Ukraine, 2014-2018, project leader : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Albena Ivanova
  • Project: Edible, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – EMAP/ FP – 7- People-2009 IRSES/ № 247548 , Member of the Research Team

Membership in scientific societies

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, section Plant Physiology and Biochemistry


Scientific articles – 57

– in Bulgarian editions: 31

– in foreign editions: 26

Impact Factor Articles: 36

h-index: 13

i10 – index: 17

Citations: more than 360

Selected publications

A.Ivanova, I.Yordanov, K.Stefanov, K.Seizova, S.Popov, Effect of heat stress on the lipid composition of the thylakoid membranes in two cultivars of pea acclimated to elevated temperatures, Photosynthetica 29, 1993, 131-137.

A.P.Ivanova, K.L.Stefanov, I.T.Yordanov, Effect of cytokinin 4-PU-30 on the lipid composition of water stressed bean plants, Biologia Plantarum, 41, 1998, 155-159.

A.P.Ivanova, R.R.Robaina, J. Martin, K.L.Stefanov, Effect of glycerol on the lipids in the red alga Gratelupia doryphora, Grasas y Aceites, 50, 1999, 469-471.

A.Ivanova, K.Stefanov, I.Yordanov, Effect of the herbicide atrazine on the lipids of` bean leaves, Biologia Plantarum 42, 1999, 417-422.

A.Ivanova, J.Nechev, K.Stefanov, Lipid composition of some halophyte plants from the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 53, 2000, 83-86.

Carballeira, N. M., Pagan, M., Shalabi, F., Nechev, J. T., Lahtchev, K., Ivanova, A. and K. Stefanov. Two novel iso-branched octadecenoic acids from a Micrococcus species, J. Nat. Prod., 63, 2000, 1573-1575.

Carballeira, N. M., Guzman, A., Nechev, J. T., Lahtchev, K., Ivanova, A. P., K. Sttefanov. Unusual lipid composiion of a Bacillus sp. isolated from lake Pomorie in Bulgaria, Lipids, 35, 2000, 1371-1375.

Carballeira, N. M., Miranda, C., Lozano, C. M., Nechev, J. T., Ivanova, A., Ilieva, M., Tzvetkova, I., K, Stefanov. Characterization of novel methyl-branched chain fatty acids from a halophilic Bacillus species, J. Nat. Prod., 64, 2001, 256-259.

Ivanova, A., S. Khotimchenko, A. Toneva, E. Marinova, S. Dimitrova-Konaklieva, K. Stefanov, Lipid composition and antioxidative effectivity of different Spirogyra species, Compt. rend- Acad. bulg. Sci., 55, 2002, 47-50

Nechev, J., S. Khotimchenko, A. Ivanova, K. Stefanov, S. Dimitrova-Konaklieva, S. Andreev, S. Popov, Effect of diesel fuel pollution on the lipid composition of some wide-spread Black sea algae and invertebrates, Z. Naturforsch., 57c, 2002, 339-343.

Ivanova, A., I. Khozin-Goldberg, Z. Kamenarska, J.Nechev, Z. Cohen, S. Popov, K. Stefanov, Lipophylic compounds from Euphorbia peplis L. – a halophytic plants from the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Z. Naturforsch. 58c, 2003, 783-788.

Ivanova, A., J. Nechev, L. Evstatieva, A. Usov, K. Stefanov, Lipid and sterol composition of Calystegia soldanella and Calystegia sepium – two halophyte plants from Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 58(7), 2005, 765-770.

Kamenarska, Z., A. Ivanova, R. Stancheva, M. Stoyneva, K. Stefanov, St. Dimitrova-Konaklieva, S. Popov. Volatile compounds from some Black Sea red algae and their chemotaxonomic application. Botanica Marina, 49, 2006, 47-56.

Ivanova, A. Ivanova, K. Seizova, I. Kostova, L. Evstatieva, K. Stefanov, Effect of soil salinity on the chemical composition of two populations of Tribulus terrestris from Bulgaria, Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. 61,2008, 55-62.

Losanka P. Popova, Liliana T. Maslenkova, Rusina Y. Yordanova, Albena P. Ivanova, Aleksander P. Krantev, Gabriella Szalai, Tibor Janda, Exogenous treatment with salicylic acid attenuates cadmium toxicity in pea seedlings .Plant Physiol. And Biochem., 47, 2009, 224-231.

Albena Ivanova , Jordan Nechev, Iva Tsvetkova, Kamen Stefanov, Simeon Popov, Chemical composition of the halophyte plant Stachys maritime Gouan from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Nat. Prod. Res., 23, 2009, 448-454

Georgieva, A. Ivanova, S. Doncheva, S. Petkova, D. Stefanov, E. Peli and Z. Tuba. Changes in fatty acid content during reconstruction of photosynthetic apparatus of poikilochlorophyllous and air dried Xerophyta scabrida leaves following rehydration. Biologia Plantarum 55, 2011, 581-585.

L.P. Popova., L.T. Maslenkova., A. Ivanova., and Z. Stoinova. Role of Salicylic acid in Allevianting heavy Metal Stress. Chapter 21, Environmental Adaptation and Stress Tolerance of Plants in the Era of Climate Change, edited by Paraiz Ahmad, M.N.V. Prasad, Springer, 2012, 447-466.

Petkov, G., Ivanova, A., Iliev, I., Vasileva, I. A critical look at the micro algae biodiesel. European J. of Lipid Science and Technology,114, 2012, 103-111.

И.В. Косаковская, В.Н. Гришко, Д.В. Сыщиков, А. Иванова . Продукты прекисного окисления липидов, биоантиоксиданты глутатион и аскорбиновая кислота галофитов Salsola soda L., Glaucium flavum Crambs. И Euphorbia peplus L.журнал „Plant Introduction” 2012, 1, 72-77.

Ivanova A., K. Ananieva, K. Mishev, E. D. Ananiev – Lipid composition in leaves and cotyledons of Cucurbita pepo L. (zucchini) during natural and induced senescence. Genetics and Plant Physiology Volume 2, No 1-2, 2012 (bulg.), 2012, 2,(1-2) 98-106.

Ivanova A. P., Tsonev T. D., Peeva V.N., Maslenkova L.T., Najdenski H.M. , Tsvetkova I.V., Babenko L.M., Shcherbatiuk M.M., Sheiko O.A., Kosakivska I. V. Euhalophyte Eryngium maritimum L.: the Microstructure and Functional Characteristics. Journal of Stress Physiology & Biochemistry, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2015, pp. 52-61.

Kosakivska IV, Babenko LM, Shcherbatiuk MM, Vedenicheva NP, Sheyko OA, Ivanova AP, Angelova LE, Maslenkova LT. The microstructure organization and functional peculiarities of Euphorbia paralias L. and Polygonum maritimum L. – halophytic plants from dunes of Pomorie lake ( Bulgaria), Journal of Stress Physiology & Biochemistry, Vol.13, No. 2 , 2017, pp. 5-18.

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