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Faculty and Staff Biography
MS In Biochemistry and Microbiology from Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria -1993
MS in Biology from UMSL - 2006
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular biology
Current Courses, Activities, and Scholarly Interest
Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology
Having a broader exposure to both Biochemistry and Microbiology, I am interested in learning about the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of type 2 diabetes and expanding my understanding of the contribution of intestinal microbiota in the process. I am highly intrigued by the possibility of learning more about the role of bacteria in modulating gene expression profile of eukaryotic cells and about its impact on human metabolism through generation of inflammatory mediators. Using bacteria and viruses as delivering vehicles is another favorite topic of mine.
Growing up in an a cultural environment where plant based remedies were widely used in the practice of healing and disease prevention, I am also very interested in learning more about the role of lipids as inhibiting agents of bacterial growth.
I worked in the labs of Dr. Colin Nichols from WUSTL and Dr. William Sly from SLU who contributed enormously through the opportunities they provided to me for the development of my current interest.
I am also an instructor of Microbiology in Saint Louis Community College and have several years of experience teaching science in the public school system of St. Louis.
I believe that the most successful way of reaching one's full potential is through experimenting with things we haven't done before and I am very happy when I have the time to play with yarn, using it in a new (at least for me) way.
Other than that everything that involves the outdoors, music and dance is interesting to me.