Svetoslav Alexandrov

Assistant Professor Svetoslav Alexandrov, PhD

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


Algal biotechnology, plant physiology, evolution of plants, space biology.


  • 2009 – BSc in Molecular Biology, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Faculty of Biology.
  • 2011 – MSc in Plant Physiology, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Faculty of Biology.
  • 2015 – PhD in Plant Physiology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


  • 2017 – ongoing – Chief Assistant Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2014-2017 – Assistant Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2011-2014 – PhD Student, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


  • 2017-2019 – Bilateral project with Czech Republic: “Snow algae with biotechnological importance.”– team member.
  • 2014-2016 – Bilateral project with Czech Republic: „Studying of the biotechnological potential of extremophile and extremotolerant microalgae and cyanobacteria“ – team member.
  • 2012-2015 – Project 051PO001-3.3.06-0025BG051PO001-3.3.06:  Human Resources Development Operational Programme ”Support for training and development of young competitive experts in the field of physiology, phytochemistry, genomics, proteomics and biodiversity of eukaryotic organisms”– team member.
  • 2011-2015 – Project DMU 03-60: “Oxidative stress in economically important plant species and possibilities for its alleviation by application of environmental friendly substances”– team member.
  • 2012-2014 – Project Е-01/0001: „Anaerobic biodegradation of lignocellulosic wastes in order to produce biogas and utilization of carbon dioxide in it by using microalgae“ – team member.


Scientific Publications – 16

– in Bulgarian editions – 7

– in foreign editions – 9

Citations – 22.


Vasileva, I., Alexandrov, S., & Ivanova, J. (2019). Biotechnological perspectives of the red microalga Porphyridium cruentum. Studia Universitatis” Vasile Goldis” Arad. Seria Stiintele Vietii (Life Sciences Series), 28(4), 167-173.

Vasileva, I., Ivanova, J., & Alexandrov, S. (2019). Bioethical considerations for algal biotechnology. Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 9(2), 1-5.

Vasileva, I., Ivanova, A., & Alexandrov, S. (2019). Terraforming Mars is not out of the question yet–and microscopic algae could help. Trakia Journal of Sciences, 17(1), 9.

Alexandrov, S. D. (2018). Newly discovered organic molecules on Mars and revisiting Viking’s LR experiment. Science. E-Letter.

Dimitrova, P., Marinova, G., Alexandrov, S., Iliev, I., & Pilarski, P. (2017). Biochemical Characteristics of a Newly Isolated Strain Coelastrella Sp. Bgv Cultivated at Different Temperatures and Light Intensities. Presses Universitaire “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 139-146.

Alexandrov, S. (2016). Algal research in space: history, current status, and future prospects. Innovare journal of life science, 4(4).

Alexandrov, S. (2016). Letter to the Editor: Life on Mars?. Space Research Today, 197.

Alexandrov, S. (2016). Planetary Protection for Mars: Time for Reconsideration. Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 7(2), 31-34.

Alexandrov, S. D. (2016). Re-engineering of RuBisCO for the purpose of producing algal biofuels may be a lost cause. Advancements in Life Sciences, 4(1), 01-02.

Alexandrov, S., Iliev, I., Gacheva, G., Krоumov, A., Pilarski, P., & Petkov, G. (2015). Could algae be a real source of fuel. Genetics and Plant Physiology, 5(2), 105-122.

Alexandrov, S. D., Iliev, I. I., & Petkov, G. D. (2014). Establishment of Growth Conditions forCultivation of The Microalga Trachydiscus minutus at Laboratory Scale. Pure and Applied Biology, 3(1), 1.

Alexandrov, S., Iliev, I., & Petkov, G. (2013). The alga Trachydiscus minutus aids purification of biogas to methane. Genetics and Plant Physiology, 3(3-4), 126-132.

Kroumov, A., Gacheva, G., Iliev, I., Alexandrov, S., Pilarski, P., & Petkov, G. (2013). Analysis of Sf/V ratio of photobioreactors linked with algal physiology. Genetics and Plant Physiology, 3(1-2), 55-64.

Alexandrov, S., Iliev, I., Lukavský, J., & Petkov, G. (2012). Influence of herbicides on the growth and composition of the yellow-green alga Trachydiscus minutus. J. BioSci. Biotech, 123-126.

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