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Milena Nikolova

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
23 Acad. Georgi Bonchev Street
1113, Sofia
Tel: +359/2 979 37 58
E-mails:
milena_n@bio.bas.bg
mtihomirova@mail.bg

Curriculum vitae

Education
2004: PhD, Institute of Botany, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
1994: MSc in Biology with specialization in Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Biology, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Employment
2012-present: Associate Professor, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
2010-2011: Assistant Professor, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
2004-2010: Assistant Professor, Institute of Botany, BAS
1996-2004: Biologist, Institute of Botany, BAS

Research interests

phenolic compounds (flavonoids)
chemotaxonomy
chemoecology
biological activity (antioxidant, cytotoxic)

Publications

Publications
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Nikolova M., M. Dimitrova, K. Tasheva, R. Todorova, M. Dimitrova, G. Ravishankar, G. Kosturkova, 2014. Comparison of antiradical activity and total phenolic content in seeds of five soybean cultivars by applying different extraction solvents. Genetics and Plant Physiology, 4 (1–2): 110–116.

Nikolova M., Valyovska-Popova N., Dimitrova M., Peev D. 2014. High-mountain Bulgarian plants – free radical scavenging activity and flavonoid composition. J. BioSci. Biotech., SE: 29-33. ISSN: 1314-6246.

Teneva Ts., Beshkova D., Marchev A., Nikolova M., Frengova G., Pavlov A. 2014. Geranium sanguineum L. - an alternative source for isolation of lactic acid bacteria, Ecological Engineering and Environment Protection, 1: 4-11. ISSN 1311 - 8668

Nikolova, M., Petrova, M., Zayova, E.,Vitkova, A., Evstatieva, L. 2013. Comparative study of in vitro, ex vitro and in vivo grown plants of Arnica montana - polyphenols and free radical scavenging activity. Acta Botanica Croatica, 72(1): 13-22.

Nikolova, M., Vitkova, A., 2013. Quality control of commercial product Flos Arnicae by HPTLC analysis of surface flavonoid aglycones. Elixir Appl. Botany 56: 13837-13839.

Gevrenova R., Badjakov I., Nikolova M., Doichinova I. 2013. Phenolic derivatives in raspberry (Rubus L.) germplasm collection in Bulgaria. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 50: 419-427.

Nikolova, M., Vitkova, A., Zayova, E., Petrova, M. Flavonoid profiles, polyphenolic content and antiradical properties of cultivated plants of Arnica montana. AgroLife Scientific Journal, 2 (2): 20-24.

Nikolova M., Vitkova A., Delcheva M., Edreva A., Gesheva E. 2013. Comparison of flavonoid profiles of cultivated plants of Achillea asplenifolia, Achillea collina and cultivar ”Proa”. Biologica Nyssana, 4(1-2): 65-69.

Georgiev V., Marchev A., Nikolova M., Ivanov I., Gochev V., A. Stoyanova, Pavlov A. Chemical compositions of essential oils from leaves and flowers of Salvia ringens Sibth. et Sm. growing wild in Bulgaria. Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, 16(5): 624-629

Nikolova, M., Dobreva, A. & Dzhurmanski, A. 2012. Assessment of the antioxidant activity of extracts from Sideritis scardica for cosmetic application. – In: Petrova, A. (ed.), Proc. VII Natl. Conf. Bot., 29–30.09.2011, Sofia, pp. 497-501. Bulg. Bot. Soc., Sofia. ISBN 978-954-92808-2-1

Nikolova, M., Angelov, G., Talve T. & Oja T. 2012. Flavonoids and antiradical activity of extracts of Rhinanthus species. –In: Petrova, A. (ed.), Proc. VII Natl. Conf. Bot., 29–30.09.2011, Sofia, pp. 503-508. Bulg. Bot. Soc., Sofia. ISBN 978-954-92808-2-1.

Nikolova M., Dincheva I., Vitkova A., Badjakov I. 2012. Phenolic acids and free radical scavenging activity of Alchemilla jumrukczalica Pawl. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 3(3): 802-804.

Nikolova, M., Petrova, M., Zayova, E.,Vitkova, A. Assessment of polyphenols and antiradical activity of callus culture and in vivo grown plants of A. montana. In: Radanovic & Stevanovic (eds). Proc. of VII Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European, Subotica, Republic of Serbia, 27-31 May 2012. Pp. 161-166. ISBN: 978-86-83-141-16-6

Nikolova, M., Vitkova A., Peev D. 2012. Polyphenol content and antiradical activity of Gentiana lutea ssp. symphyandra: variation among plant parts and populations. In: Radanovic & Stevanovic (eds). Proc. Of 7 Th Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European, Subotica, Republic of Serbia, 27-31 May 2012. Pp. 167-172. ISBN: 978-86-83-141-16-6

Stanilova M., Gorgorov R., Trendafilova A., Nikolova M., Vitkova A., 2012. Influence of nutrient medium composition on in vitro growth, polyphenolic content and antioxidant activity of Alchemilla mollis. Nat Prod Commun. 7(6):761-766.

Nikolova, M., Zhekova, G., Dzhurmanski, A. 2012. Preliminary investigation of free radical scavenging activity and total phenolic content of three cultivated Thymus chemotypes from Bulgaria. Biologica Nyssana, 3 (1): 11-15.

Marchev, A. Georgiev V., Nikolova M., Gochev V., Stoyanova A., Pavlov A., 2012. Chemical composition of essential oil of Salvia scabiosifolia Lam. from Bulgaria. Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, 15(6): 908-914.

Nikolova M., Evstatieva L., Nguyen T. (2011) Screening of plant extracts for antioxidant properties. Botanica Serbica, 35(1): 43-48.

Berkov S., Nikolova M., Hristova N., Momekov G., Ionkova I., Djilianov D. (2011) GC-MS Profiling of bioactive extracts from Haberlea rhodopensis: an endemic resurrection plant. Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 76(2): 211-220.

Janicsák G., Zupkó I., Nikolova M.T., Forgo P., Vasas A., Máthé I., Blundene G., Hohmann J. (2011) Bioactivity-guided study of antiproliferative activities of Salvia extracts. Natural Product Communications, 6(5): 575 – 579.

Karabegović I., Nikolova M., Veličković D., Stojičević S., Veljković V., Lazić M. (2011) Comparison of antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of methanolic extracts of the Artemisia sp. recovered by different extraction techniques. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, 19(3) 504-511.

Nikolova, M., Ivanova, A., Lazarova, I., Peev, D., Valyovska N. 2011. Variability of some biologically active compounds of Tribulus terrestris L. Agricultural Science and Technology, 3(2):150-154.

Nikolova, M., 2011. Screening of radical scavenging activity and polyphenol content of Bulgarian plant species. Pharmacognosy Research (3)4, 256-259.

Trendafilova, A., Todorova, M., Nikolova, M., Gavrilova, A., Vitkova, A., 2011 Flavonoid constituents and free radical scavenging activity of Alchemilla mollis. Natural Product Communications, 6(12), 1851-1854.

Zhekova G., Dzhurmanski A., Nikolova M., 2011. Essential oil content and composition of Thyme “German winter”. Agricultural Science and Technology, 3(2): 123 – 125.

Georgiev V., Marchev A., Haas C., Weber J., Nikolova M., Bley T., Pavlov A. 2011. Production of oleanolic and ursolic acids by callus cultures of Salvia tomentosa Mill. Biotechnol. & Biotechnol. Eq. 25/2011/4, Suppl., 34-38.

Marchev A., Georgiev V., Badjakov I., Kondakova V., Nikolova M., Pavlov A. 2011. Triterpenes production by rhizogenic callus of Salvia scabiosifolia Lam. Obtained via agrobacterium rhizogenes mediated genetic transformation. Biotechnol. & Biotechnol. Eq. 25/2011/4, Suppl., 30-33.

Marchev, A., Nikolova, M., Georgiev, V. Genetic transformation of Salvia ringens Sibth. Et Sm. With Agrobacterium rhizogenes in two-phase submerged cultivation system. Scientific works – University of Food Technologies, 2011, vol. LVІІІ, issue 2, 171-176

Nikolova M., Gussev Ch., Nguyen T. (2010) Evaluation of the antioxidant action and flavonoid composition of Artemisia species extracts. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 24, 101-103.

Sidjimova B. Nikolova M. (2010) Distribution and resource evaluation of Tribulus terrestris L. in north Bulgaria. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 24: 71-77.

Nikolova M., Tsvetkova R., Ivancheva S. (2010) Evaluation of Geraniaceae species extracts as a potential source of antioxidant activity. Botanica Serbica, 34 (2): 123-125.

Delcheva M., Peev D., Nikolova M. (2010) On the taxonomical identity of Abies alba ssp. borisii-regis (Mattf.) Koz. et Andr.– morphometric, flavonoids and chorology. Botanica Serbica 34(2): 127-132.

Джурмански А., Жекова Г., Николова М., Върбанова К. (2010) Особености на растежа и развитието на Sideritis scardica Griseb при условията на Казанлъшкото поле. В: (Янчева, Д. ред.) Научни трудове от Научна конференция с международно участие „Обществото и науката” Кърджали 13-14.10.2010, "РКР принт" ООД Кърджали, т. IV, част II, pp.195-201.

Джурмански А, Г. Жекова, М. Николова 2010. Особености на растежа и развитието на Agastache foeniculum Kuntze при условията на Казанлъшкот поле. В сб. от научна конференция с международно участие „Обществото и науката” Кърджали 13-14.10.2010, "РКР принт" ООД Кърджали, т. IV, част II, pp. 202-207.

Stoynova-Bakalova E., Nikolova M., Maksymiec W. (2009) Effects of Cu2+, cytokinins and jasmonate on content of two flavonols in Zucchini cotyledons. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia - Series Botanica, 51(1): 79-84.

Djilianov D., Ivanov S., Georgieva T., Moyankova D., Berkov S., Petrova G., Mladenov P., Christov N., Hristozova N., Peshev D., Tchorbadjieva M., Alexieva V., Tosheva A., Nikolova M., Ionkova I., van den Ende W. (2009) A holistic approach to resurrection plants. Haberlea rhodopensis - a case study. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 23(4): 1414-1416.

Nikolova M., Dzhumanski A. (2009) Evaluation of free radical scavenging capacity of extracts from cultivated plants. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 23: 109-111.

Nikolova M., Platikanov S., Sidjimova B., Evstatieva L., Peev D. (2009) Preliminary investigation of stress-induced modifications in Veronica krumovii's flavonoid and volatile composition. In: Ivanova, D. (ed.), Plant, fungal and habitat diversity investigation and conservation. Proceedings of IV Balkan Botanical Congress, Sofia, 20-26 June 2006. pp. 651-655. ISBN 978-954-9746-14-3.

Sidjimova B., Nikolova M., Staneva J., 2009. Cytotoxic activity of Bulgarian Galanthus species. – In: Ivanova, D. (ed.), Plant, fungal and habitat diversity investigation and conservation. Proceedings of IV Balkan Botanical Congress, Sofia, 20–26 June 2006. Pp. 643–645. ISBN 978-954-9746-14-3.

Ivancheva St., Nikolova M., Tsvetkova, R. (2009) Phytochemistry and pharmacology of Geranium species. In: Filippo Imperato (Ed.), Recent Advances in Phytochemistry, Research Signpost, India, pp. 103-111. ISBN: 978-81-308-0309-8.

Nikolova M., Tsvetkova R. (2009) Assessment of cytotoxic activity on alkaloid extracts of Amaryllidaceae and Papaveraceae species. In: Randjelović V. (Ed.) Proceeding of IX Symposium on Flora of Southeastern Serbia and Neighbouring Regions, September 1-3, 2007, Nish, 211-214. Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics ISBN 978-86-7990-020-3
Sakthivelu G., Devi M.K., Giridhar P., Rajasekaran T., Ravishankar G., Nikolova M.T., Angelov G., Todorova R.M., Kustorkova G. (2008) Isoflavone composition, phenol content and antioxidant activity of soybean seeds from India and Bulgaria. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 56(6): 2090–2095.

Berkov S., Bastida J., Nikolova M., Viladomat F., Codina C. (2008) Rapid TLC/GC-MS identification of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in alkaloid extracts. Phytochemical Analysis, 19(5): 411-419.

Nikolova M., Peev D. (2008) Preliminary investigation of antioxidant potential and flavonoid content of Pinaceae species needles. In: Proceeding of 5th Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries, 2-5.09.2009, Brno, Chezh Republic, ISBN 978-80-7375-209-5.

Badjakov l., Nikolova M., Gevrenova R., Kondakova V., Todorovska E., Atanassov A. (2008) Bioactive compounds in small fruits and their influence on human health. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 22(1): 581-587.

Nikolova M., Veličković D. (2007) Phenological variations in the surface flavonoids of Artemisia vulgaris L. and Artemisia absinthium L. Turkish Journal of Botany, 31: 459-462.

Veličković D., Nikolova M., Ivancheva St., Stojanović J., Veljković V. (2007) Extraction of flavonoids from garden (Salvia officinalis L.) and glutinous (Salvia glutinosa L.) sage by ultrasonic and classical maceration. Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 72(1): 73-80.

Nikolova M., Asenov A. (2006) Surface flavonoid aglycones in newly studied plant species. Natural Product Research, 20(1): 103-106.

Nikolova M., Renée J.G., Genova E., Porter E.A. (2006) Exudate flavonoids from Bulgarian species of Salvia. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 34(4): 360-364.

Ivancheva S., Nikolova M., Tsvetkova R. (2006) Pharmacological activities and biologically active compounds of Bulgarian medicinal plants, In: Filippo Imperato (Ed.), Phytochemistry: Advances in Research, Research Signpost, India, pp. 87-103. ISBN: 81-308-0034-9.

Nikolova M. (2006) Intraspecific variability in the flavonoid composition of Artemisia vulgaris L. Acta Botanica Croatica, 65(1): 13-18.

Nikolova M., Gevrenova R. (2006) A HPLC analysis on interpopulational variations in the flavonoid composition of Veronica chamaedrys. International Journal of Botany, 2(1): 7-10.

Nikololva M., Janicsák G., Genova E., Máthé I. (2006) Comparative analysis on external flavonoids of Bulgarian and Hungarian samples of Salvia species. Acta Botanica Hungarica, 48(3-4): 361-367.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva, S. (2006) Distribution of surface flavonoids in Bulgarian plants. Natural Product Communications, 1(11): 1029-1035.

Nikolova M., Gevrenova R. (2005) Determination of phenolic acids in Amaryllidaceae species by high performance liquid chromatography. Pharmaceutical Biology, 43(3): 289–291.

Nikolova M., Taskova R., Peev D. (2005) Exudate flavonoid aglycones of Veronica: ecological and systematic implications. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 33: 1258-1268.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva St. (2005) Quantitative flavonoid variations of Artemisia vulgaris L. and Veronica chamaedrys L. in relation to altitude and polluted environment. Acta Biologica Szegediensis, 49(3-4): 29-32.

Gevrenova R., Nikolova М., Crisan G. (2005) A HPLC analysis of the surface flavonoid aglycones in Veronica chamaedrys. Pharmacia, 52(3): 16-19.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva S., Balabanov Ts., Mechkueva L. (2005) Heavy metals and flavonoid aglycones content in plant species at the polluted and control habitats. In: Lalchev (ed.), Annuaire de l’Universite de Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” Faculte de Biologie Livre 4-10ème session scientifique, Sofia’03, 96, 4: 83-88. Presses Universitaires ‘St.Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia.

Nikolova M., Berkov S., Ivancheva S. (2004) A rapid TLC method for analysis of external flavonoid aglycones in plant exudates. Acta Chromatographica, 14: 110-114.

Nikolova M., Gevrenova R., Ivancheva S. (2004) High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of surface flavonoid aglycones in Artemisia annua L. and Artemisia vulgaris L. Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 69(7): 571-574.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva S. (2004) Chitin as elicitor on flavonoid accumulation in Artemisia vulgaris L. In: Hoikkala, A., Soidinsalo, O., (eds.) Proceeding of XXII International Conference on Polyphenols, August 25-28, 2004, Helsinki, 795-796.

Nikolova M., Gevrenova R., Ivancheva S. (2003) External flavonoid aglycones from Veronica chamaedrys L. (Scropulariaceae). Acta Pharmaceutica, 53: 145-149.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva S., Peev D. (2002) Influence of altitude on flavonoid content in Veronica chamaedrys L. and Veronica vindobonensis (M. Fischer) M. Fischer. Phytologia Balcanica, 8, 107-112.

Nikolova M., Berkov S., Ivancheva St. (2002) Determination of apigenin content in some Bulgarian Veronica species, In: Randelovic, V. (ed.) Proceeding of VII Symposium on Flora of Southeastern Serbia and Neighbouring Regions, June 6-10, 2002, Dimitrovgrad, 77-81.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva S. (2002) Functions of flavonoids in a plant organisms. - Pharmacia, 49, 42-47.

Nikolova M., Ivancheva S., Peev D. (2001) Polyphenol compounds in Veronica species. - In: Temniskova D. (Ed.), Proceedings of Sixth National Conference of Botany, Sofia, June 18-20, 2001. Sofia, Sofia University Press, pp. 489-494.

Ivancheva St., Nikolova M., Peev D. (2000) The effect of the pollution of the environment on the polyphenol compounds in Artemisia sp. - In: Ozhatay, N., (Ed.), Plants of the Balkan Peninsula into the next Millennium, vol. I, Proceeding of the 2nd Balkan Botanical Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, May, 14-18, 2000, Publishing Department of Marmara University, vol.I, pp.407-410.

Nikolova M., Nikolov S., Koeva Y. (1998) Flavonoids in the overground part of Pulsatilla slaviankae (Rumm.) D. Yord. et Koz. (Ranunculaceae). Phytologia Balcanica, 4(1-2): 165-170.

Affiliation

Department
Plant and Fungal Diversity and Resources
Division
Applied Botany
Research group
Phytochemical analysis, biotic and abiotic stress

History

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