Name: Galina Teneva YAHUBYAN

Work address:

Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

University of Plovdiv

24, Tzar Assen Str.

4000 – Plovdiv


Telephone (mobile): +359 89 844 7298

E mail: galiahoo @; galina @



PhD Thesis: "Characteristic features of the plastid biogenesis and photooxidative stress in wheat plants Triticum aestivum L. with induced carotenoid deficiency";


1984 – 1989:

MSc degree in Biology, Specialization in Biotechnology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

1973 – 1984:

High school, Kazanlak, Bulgaria;

Positions held: Associate professor

Since January 2008:

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology (Gene Expression Regulation), Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

1998 - 2007:

Major Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

1996 - 1998:

Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

1994 –1996:

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

Courses taught and other services provided to students at the home institution:

Since 2005:

Theoretical courses of Molecular biology; Theoretical courses of Gene Expression regulation;

Since 1996:

Practical courses of Molecular basis of Plant Stress Response;

Since 1995:

Practical courses of Molecular biology

International fellowships and courses:

2003 - 2004:

Post-doc position, a fellowship of CNRS, Project "Molecular and functional characterization of two A. thaliana putative proteins homologous to the large subunit of RNA polymerase II", PI – Dr. Thierry Lagrange, University of Perpignan, France;

2002 – 2003:

Post-doc position, a fellowship of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Project "Cloning of the C. elegance gene encoding for   Dicer", PI – Prof. Brenda Bass, Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA;

April 9 - 12, 2001:

Theoretical course "RNA Structure and Function", ICGEB, Trieste, Italy

January 7, 1996 – April 9, 1996:

Training course, Tempus Project Fellowship, University of Gőteborg, Sweden;

2000 – 2001:

Post-doc position, EU Biotechnology Program Fellowship, Project "Characterization of Plant Cryptochromes", PI – Dr. G. Giuliano, Casaccia Res. Center, ENEA, Rome, Italy;

1998 – 1998:

Training course, Tempus Project Fellowship, Agricultural University of Gembloux, Belgium;


English – read, write and speak very well;

French – read and speak moderately.

Russian – read and speak moderately.

Selected papers:

Baev V, Milev I, Naydenov M, Apostolova E, Minkov G, Minkov I, Yahubyan G. Implementation of a de novo genome-wide computational approach for updating Brachypodium miRNAs., Genomics. 2011 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 21371551; doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2011.02.008 

Baev V., Naydenov M., Apostolova E., Ivanova D., Doncheva S., Minkov I. and Yahubyan G. (2010) Identification of RNA-dependent DNA-methylation regulated promoters in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry,  48: 393-400.

Yahubyan G., Gozmanova M., Denev I., Toneva V. and Minkov I. (2009) Prompt response of Superoxide dismutase and Peroxidase to dehydration and rehydration of the resurrection plant Haberlea rhodopensis. Plant Growth Regulation 57(1): 49.

Pontier D., Yahubyan G., Vega V., Bulski A., Saez-Vasquez J., Hakimi M.A., Lerbs-Mache S., Colot V. and Lagrange T. (2005) Reinforcement of silencing at transposons and highly repeated sequences requires the concerted action of two distinct RNA polymerases IV in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development 19:2030-2040.

Denev I., Yahubyan G., Minkov I.N. and Sundqvist C. (2005) Organization of protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase in prolamellar bodies isolated from etiolated carotenoid-deficient wheat leaves as revealed by fluorescence probes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1716, 2, 97-103.

Denev I., Yahubyan G., Minkov I. (2005) Recent advances in chloroplast development in higher plants, In Handbook of Photosynthesis, 2nd edition (Pessarakli M ed.) Marsel Dekker Inc., New York, chapter 18. pp 451-467.

Denev I., Yahubyan G., Stefanov D. (2005) Synthesis of chlorophyll in leaves of Haberlea rhodopensis (Friv.) after prolonged darkening. Dokladi na Bulgarskata akademia na naukite  (Dokl. Bulg. akad. nauk.)  ISSN 1310-1331 2005, vol. 58, no12, pp. 1429-1432

Yahubyan G., Minkov I., Sundqvist C. (2001) Carotenoid dependence of the protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide phototransformation in dark-grown wheat seedlings. J. Photochem. Photobiol. B: Biology 65: 171-176.

Perrota G., Yahoubyan G., Nebuloso E., Renzi L., Giuliano G. (2001) Tomato and barley contain duplicated copies of cryptochrome 1. Plant, Cell and Environment 24: 991–997.

Minkov I., Yahoubyan G., Denev I., Toneva V. (1998) Photooxidative stress in higher plants. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, Pessarakli M (ed.), Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York, 499-525.

Yahoubyan G., Minkov I. (1997) Enhanced chlorophyllide accumulation after flash irradiation of etiolated wheat plants treated with SAN-9789. J. Plant Physiol, 151, 649-653.