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Our Team


 Assoc. Prof. Plamen Gatev, MD, PhD - Head 


 I have graduated in medicine at the Medical Institute, Sofia in 1974. Thereafter I have finished my PhD Thesis (1982) in the Institute of Physiology (now Institute of Neurobiology), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, under tutorial from the late Prof. Alexander Gydikov. It had to do with single muscle fibers and single motor unit potentials revealing issues of muscle volume conduction, muscle physiology and neurophysiology of motor control. Since then I have continued with studies on the postural control of standing balance and movement in the lab of Prof. G. Gantchev and performed motor control experiments during the mission of the Second Joint Soviet-Bulgarian Space Flight in 1988. I have had the luck and honour to work on the physiology of standing balance as a Senior Fogarty Fellow in the lab of Dr. Mark Hallett at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA (1992-3). Then I devoted my efforts on research of cortical / basal ganglia relationships in normal and Parkinsonian non-human primates in the lab of Prof. Thomas Wichmann at the Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Emory University and Yerkes National Research Center in Atlanta, GA, USA (2001-2006).


 Assoc. Prof. Zlatogor Minchev, PhD 


  Zlatogor is an Associate Professor on "Automation and Control" at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - BAS (2010); He has a BSc degree on "Informatics & Mathematics" from "St. St. Cyril and Methodius", University of Veliko Tarnovo (2001); PhD on "Cybernetics & Robotics" (2006) from Center for Biomedical Engineering "Prof. Ivan Daskalov", BAS (now Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering). Since 2001 he is working in the areas of: Computer Science, Robotics and Psychophysiology; Since 2005: applied Operations Research, Planning, Modelling & Simulation for Crisis management. In 2007 he was appointed as a Director of Joint Training Simulation & Analysis Center, IICT-BAS. Author and co-author of more than 60 scientific publications, including: nine books and two patents.

Awarded and distinguished for his professional  and team work by: the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (2007); Ministry of Defence (2006, 2007), Ministry of Health (2008), NATO Research and Technology Organization (2007), Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (2008), NATO C3 Agency (2010) and University of National and World Economy (2010). Dr. Minchev’s current research interests are in the areas of: AI, Human Factor Analysis, Cyber Security, Serious Gamming and Security Sector Governance.


Assoc. Prof. Katerina Stambolieva, PhD


 Katia is an engineer. She graduated at the Technical University, Sofia, (1985) as MSc in Medical Electronics. Since 1986 she is working as reseach fellow with the Institute of Physiology, now Institute of Neurobiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She has presented there a PhD Thesis on “Computerized posturographic investigation of human vestibular structure functional state” (2007). Her scientific interests are in the fields of Posture and equilibrium, Linear and nonlinear analyses of biomedical signals, neurophysiology. She is a member of the Bulgarian Physiological Society and  European College of Sports Science. 


Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, MD, DSc


  Bozhidar has earned an MD at the Higher Medical Institute, Sofia in 1973. Since then he has worked on Event Related Brain Potentials (PhD, 1979) and on the Psychophysiological Aspects of Sensorimotor Integration (DSc, 2001). He had visited at NIH, Bethesda, USA (1985-1987), where he had studied mechanisms of selective gating in the brain and of skill acquisition and learning in cerebellar deficits. He has been also participating in research on regulation of posture and balance maintenance during perturbation. Lately he has been active in investigation of the cognitive deficits in sleep disturbances. Prof. Dimitrov was on the governing bodies of Bulgarian Societies of Physiological sciences, Clinical neurophysiology and Sleep medicine. He participated in editorial boards of four scientific journals. He is lecturing at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Prof. Dimitrov is the last director of the now defunct Institute of Psychology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.



Assist. Prof. Jordanka Lalova MD, PhD


  Jordanka graduated as MD at the Medical Faculty, Medical Academy-Sofia. Since then she worked in the City hospital of Kostenetz, the Brain Research Institute, and Institute of Psychology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her PhD thesis (1996) at the Institute of Psychology dealt with neuropsychological research on some nonverbal functions of development in brain damaged patients. Now, she is an Assistant Profesor with the Institute of Population and Human Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her scientific interests are in the field of Hemisphere Lateralization, Visual and Tactual Perception, Psychological and Psychophysiological Studies of children with impaired learning abilities, blind children and adults. She is a member of the Bulgarian Psychological Society, Bulgarian Society of Physiology and Bulgarian Medical Association.



Research Specialist Lilly Pyrova


  Lilly has been at Institute of Psychology (now part of the Institute for Population and Human Studies), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences as a research psychologist in the Psychophysiology and Neuropsychology lab, headed by Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov. She is just finishing her MSc Thesis on Clinical Psychology – devoted to psychoanalytic perspective – at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Her scientific interests are in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychodrama as methods for the individual and group psychotherapy, positive psychotherapy and art techniques applied for the psychotherapy of children with communication problems and prevention of drug dependencies in school population.