Paraskeva Michailova was born on July 18, 1947, Sofia, Bulgaria. Michailova received the M.S. degree in 1970 from the Faculty of Biology, University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, the Ph.D. degree in 1976 from the Institute of Zoology, BAS, and the D.S. degree in 1991 from the Institute of Zoology, BAS, as well. Michailova was a Scientific Researcher, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1976–1986), Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1986–1990), and Professor of cytotaxonomy, evolution, and cytogenetics, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (former Institute of Zoology), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (since 1991). Michailova also participated in several projects including NATO grant: Chironomids as test system of heavy metals (with University of Turin, Italy) (1995–1997), Royal Society grant: genotoxic effect of heavy metals on Chironomids (Diptera) (working together with Manchester University, UK) (2004–2007), Bulgarian Natural Foundation Scientific Investigations: chromosome variability of model insect species of Diptera and Heteroptera—a quantitive criterion of species differentiation and assessment of the degree of water ecosystems pollution (2008–2010), and grant by Ministry of Education and Sciences, Sofia: New integrated genome biomarker test system—useful tool in environmental risk assessment in model invertebrate and vertebrate species (2009–2012). Moreover, Michailova is the Member of several prestigious institutes such as Scientific Society of Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1986–2010), Scientific Society of Genetics by High Certifying Commission of a Council of Ministers (1998–22001), Ministry of Education and Science (since 2010), and Scientific Society by Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (since 2011). Michailova’s main research interests are zoology, cytotaxonomy and evolution; genetics, population genetics and cytogenetics; genotoxicology, model Chironomid species; relevant scientific techniques: cytogenetic techniques, routine procedure, differential staining, in situ hybridization, immunofluorescence, artificial breeding of Chironomids, and Diptera.
Biography Updated on 3 March 2013