Dr. Vassya   Bankova

Dr. Vassya Bankova

Professor and Laboratory Head
Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgaria

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry from Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgaria

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Dr. Vassya Bankova is currently working as Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Sofia, Bulgaria. She has completed her PhD in Natural Product Chemistry from same Institute. Her area of research interest focuses on Natural Product Chemistry: search for new biologically active natural compounds (mainly antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant), using modern chromatographic and spectral methods, isolation, structural elucidation, analysis of bioactive secondary metabolites, developing of modern reliable methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the active components in medicinal plants. She also served as Faculty member of Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, Bandeirante University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Institute of Molecules of Biological Interest, CNR, Naples, Italy. She is member of Bulgarian Society for Organic and Organometallic Chemistry, International Honey Commission, and honorary member of the Scientific Committee of the Greek Scientific Apitherapy Center. Currently she is working on 2 research projects. She has published 15 research articles in journals contributed as author/co-author.

Area of Interest:

Natural Product Chemistry
Secondary Metabolites
Medicinal Plants

Selected Publications

  1. Bilikova, K., M. Popova, B. Trusheva and V. Bankova, 2013. New anti-Paenibacillus larvae substances purified from propolis. Apidologie, 44: 278-285.
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  2. Simova, S., A. Atanassov, M. Shishiniova and V. Bankova, 2012. A rapid differentiation between oak honeydew honey and nectar and other honeydew honeys by NMR spectroscopy. Food Chem., 134: 1706-1710.
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  3. Popova, M., B. Trusheva, S. Cutajar, D. Antonova, D. Mifsud, C. Farrugia and V. Bankova, 2012. Identification of the plant origin of the botanical biomarkers of Mediterranean type propolis. Nat. Prod. Commun., 7: 569-570.
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  4. Sforcin, J.M. and J.M. Bankova, 2011. Propolis: Is there a potential for the development of new drugs? J. Ethnopharmacol., 133: 253-260.
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  5. Popova, M., B. Trusheva, D. Antonova, S. Cutajar and D. Mifsud et al., 2011. The specific chemical profile of Mediterranean propolis from Malta. Food Chem., 126: 1431-1435.
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  6. Petreska, J., G. Stefkov, S. Kulevanova, K. Alipieva, V. Bankova and M. Stefova, 2011. Phenolic compounds of mountain tea from the Balkans: LC/DAD/ESI/MSn profile and content. Nat. Prod. Commun., 6: 21-30.
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  7. Sawaya, A.C.H.F., P.V. Abdelnur, M.N. Eberlin, S. Kumazawa and M.R. Ahn et al., 2010. Fingerprinting of propolis by easy ambient sonic-spray ionization mass spectrometry. Talanta, 81: 100-108.
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  8. Popova, M.P., K. Graikou, I. Chinou and V.S. Bankova, 2010. GC-MS profiling of diterpene compounds in Mediterranean propolis from Greece. J. Agric. Food Chem., 58: 3167-3176.
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  9. Popova, M.P., I.B. Chinou, I.N. Marekov and V.S. Bankova, 2009. Terpenes with antimicrobial activity from Cretan propolis. Phytochemistry, 70: 1262-1271.
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  10. Popova, M., B. Trusheva, M. Gyosheva, I. Tsvetkova and V. Bankova, 2009. Antibacterial triterpenes from the threatened wood-decay fungus Fomitopsis rosea. Fitoterapia, 80: 263-266.
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  11. Bankova, V., B. Trusheva and M. Popova, 2008. New developments in propolis chemical diversity studies (since 2000). In: Scientific Evidence of The Use of Propolis in Ethnomedicine, Orsolich, N. and I. Basic (Ed.). Transworld Research Network , Trivandrum, India., pp: 1-13.
  12. Batovska, D., A. Slavova, V. Bankova, I. Tsvetkova, M. Ninova and H. Najdenski, 2007. Study on the substituents' effects of a series of synthetic chalcones against the yeast Candida albicans. Eur. J. Med. Chem., 42: 87-92.
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  13. Trusheva, B., M. Popova, V. Bankova, S. Simova and M.C. Marcucci et al., 2006. Bioactive constituents of Brazilian red propolis. Evid-Based Compl. Alt. Med., 3: 249-254.
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  14. Bankova, V., 2005. Chemical diversity of propolis and the problem of standardization. J. Ethnopharmacol., 100: 114-117.
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