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Aneliya Bobeva

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2 Yurii Gagarin Street,
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth:
25 July 1983, Sofia, Bulgaia


2014: PhD in Ecology; Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Thesis: "Molecular studies of the specificity of avian malaria parasites (Haemosporida) to the vectors of the genus Culicoides Latreille, 1809 (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae; Supervisiors: Prof. Boyko Georgiev, Assoc. Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev

2010: MSc in Human and Animal Phyziology; Department of Human and Animal Phyziology; Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"; Thesis: Diamine Oxidase activity in rat liver and kidney with different substrates. Effects of androgens
Supervisor: Prof. Ognian Dimitrov, DSc

2007: BSc in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

Research Visits:

January - February 2011: Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
February 2012: Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
February 2012: Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

Participation in scientific meetings:

Bobeva, A., D. Dimitrov, M. Marinov, M. Ilieva, P. Zehtindjev, S. Bensch. Association of Vectors and Bird Malaria in Wetland Territories of Bulgaria: Preliminary Results. International Conference Wetlands: Functioning, Management and Restoration, 16-19 October 2011, Varna, Bulgaria.

Zehtindjev, P., S. Hahn, V. Amrhein, M. Ilieva, D. Dimitrov, A. Križanauskiene, A. Bobeva, M. Marinov, S. Bensch. Connectivity of Bulgarian Wetlands: Outcomes from Bird Malaria Research and High Technology in Bird Migration Studies. International Conference Wetlands: Functioning, Management and Restoration, 16-19 October 2011, Varna, Bulgaria.

Research interests

Avian malaria parasites: vector-parasite-host specialization, specificity, vectors of genus Culicoides and Culicidae, molecular ecology


Kostova, R., Borissov, S., Bobeva, A., & Bekchiev, R. (2024). At a crossroads: Genetic lineages and dispersal routes of Morimus asper (Sulzer, 1776) sl (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in Bulgaria. Biodiversity Data Journal, 12, e116619. DOI:

Dimitrov, D., Bobeva, A., Marinov, M. P., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev , P.. First evidence for development of Plasmodium relictum (Grassi and Feletti, 1891) sporozoites in the salivary glands of Culex modestus Ficalbi, 1889. Parasitology Research, 122, 7, 2023, DOI:, 1689-1693

Aneliya Bobeva, Eberhard Zielke. On abdomen pattern and some other differentiating features of female Hydrotaea borussica Stein from Bulgaria, verified by DNA analysis, and in females of similar species (Diptera: Muscidae). Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 158, 2, Pemberley Books (Publishing), 2022, ISSN:0013-8908, DOI:

Vagalinski, B., Borissov, S., Bobeva, A., Canciani, G., Antić, D.Ž.. The mostly cavernicolous millipede genus Stygiiulus Verhoeff, 1929, stat. nov.: taxonomy, distribution and phylogenetic relationships (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 798, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 2022, ISSN:21189773, DOI:, 30-69

Borissov, S.B., Bobeva, A., Çıplak, B., Chobanov, D.. Evolution of Poecilimon jonicus group (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae): a history linked to the Aegean Neogene paleogeography. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 20, 4, Springer Link, 2020, ISSN:1439-6092, DOI:, 803-819

Vancheva, N., Bobeva, A., Pehlivanov, L., Stefanov, T., Georgiev, B. B.. Alien parasites on an alien fish species: monogeneans from the black bullhead Ameiurus melas (Siluriformes) in the Lake Srebarna Biosphere Reserve, Bulgaria, with the first record of Gyrodactylus nebulosus in the Palaearctic. Parasitology Research, 119, 7, 2020, ISSN:0932-0113 (Print) 1432-1955 (Online), DOI:, 2105-2112.

Dimitrov, D., Marinov, M.P., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Bedev, K., Atanasov, T., Zehtindjiev, P.. Haemosporidian parasites and leukocyte profiles of pre-migratory rosy starlings (Pastor roseus) brought into captivity. Animal Migration, 6, 1, De Gruyter, 2019, DOI:10.1515/ami-2019-0005, 41-48

Marinov M., Zehtindjiev P., Dimitrov D., Ilieva M., Bobeva A., Marchetti, C. 2017 Haemosporidian infections and host behavioural variation: a case study on wild-caught nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos). Ethology Ecology & Evolution, DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2015.1102776

Dimitrov, D., Iezhova, T., Zehtindjiev, P., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Kirilova, M., Bedev, K., Sjöholm, C., Valkiūnas, G. Molecular characterization of three avian haemoproteids (Haemosporida, Haemoproteidae), with description of Haemoproteus (Parahaemoproteus) palloris n. sp.. Systematic Parasitology, 93, 5, Springer Link, 2016, ISSN:0165-5752, DOI:10.1007/s11230-016-9638-8, 431-449

Bobeva A., Zehtindjiev P., Ilieva M., Dimitrov D., Mathis A., Bensch S. 2015. Host preferences of ornithophilic biting midges of the genus Culicoides in Eastern Balkans with respect to transmission of haemosporidian parasites. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 29(3), 290-296, DOI: 10.1111/mve.12108

Bobeva A, Ilieva M, Dimitrov D, Zehtindjiev P. 2014 Degree of associations among vectors of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) and host bird species with respect to haemosporidian parasites in NE Bulgaria. Parasitology Research, DOI: 10.1007/s00436-014-4140-1

Bobeva A, Zehtindjiev P, Bensch S, and Radrova J. 2013 A survey of biting midges of the genus Culicoides Latreille,1809 (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in NE Bulgaria, with respect to transmission of avian haemosporidians. Acta Parasitologica, 2013, 58(4), 585–591; ISSN 1230-2821, DOI: 10.2478/s11686-013-0185-z


Animal Diversity and Resources
Biodiversity and Ecology of Parasites
Research group
Avian Blood Parasites


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