PhD degree: 17 December 2008
Wageningen University, Department of Biochemistry , The Netherlands
Title of thesis: The SERK1 protein complexes. ISBN 978-90-8585-286-5
Master degree: 02 March 2001
University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski" , Bulgaria
Biology, specialization, Plant Biotechnology
01.04.2012- Present: Post-doc/researcher, personal NOW-VENI grant, "Networking in the tomato fruit: The role of master regulators in the transcriptional control of fruit ripening". Molecular Plant Physiology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Prizes and Awards:
? 2010 Horizon Breakthrough project-round 7, "The role of tomato RNA degradome in fruit development and domestication", 100 000 .
? 2011 "NWO-VENI grant"(ALW),personal grant for excellent young researchers, "Networking in the tomato fruit: The role of master regulators in the transcriptional control of fruit ripening", 250 000 .
CURRENT POSITION at PPH:
Monoterpenes are important flavour and fragrance compounds. Therefore they are used as potential natural cosmetic ingredient. Glycosylation of monoterpenes in plants is a complex process, which is important for modulating the solubility and bio-availability of these compounds. UDP-glycosyltransferases (GT) are enzymes that catalyze the transfer of the sugar molecules to the specific acceptor like monoterpenes. Very little is known about the biological function of GTs in plant. Thus, the GT enzymes that glycosylate monoterpenes need to be identified. This is the aim of our research.