Family name: Naimov

First name: Samir

Date and place of birth: 21 December 1973, Kardjali, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgarian

Civil status: married

Affiliation and official address:

Plovdiv University, Department of "Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology", 24Tzar Assen str., Plovdiv, 4000, Bulgaria, Tel/Fax: +359/32620944 (Office), E-mail: naimov0 @

Education (degrees, dates, universities)

PhD education:

1998 - 2002 Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

PhD Thesis:

Transgenic Potato Plants Resistant against Colorado Potato Beetle - Leptinotarsa decemlineata-Say

Main subject:

Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

MSc education:

1991 - 1996 Departments of: 1) Botany and 2) Organic Chemistry,

University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

High education:

1986 – 1991"Hristo Smirnrnski" High School, Kardjali

Fellowships granted:

1991 – 1996

University Grant Reward for excellent results in studying

1998 – 2002

A PhD fellowship from the Bulgarian Ministry of Science and Education

04.1998 - 10.1998

TEMPUS Grant Reward for research work at CPRO-DLO*, Wageningen, The Netherlands

05.1999 - 08.1999

CPRO-DLO Fellowship for research work at CPRO-DLO*, Wageningen, The Netherlands

03.2000 - 04.2001

Plant Research International Fellowship, Plant Research International*, Wageningen, The Netherlands

10.2001 - 01.2002

Plant Research International Fellowship, Plant Research International*, Wageningen, The Netherlands

01.2004 – 01.2005

NWO/Bulgarian Ministry of Education Post-Doc Research Fellowship*


Michigan State University, MI, USA, Norman Borlaug Fellowship

*Under supervision of Dr. Ruud A. de Maagd

Current employment:

02.2008 - present:

University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, associate professor in Molecular Genetics

02.2002 - 02.2008:

University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, assistant professor in Molecular Biology

Current research interest:

Delta-endotoxins, Hybrid cry-genes, Insect resistance, Mode of action of Cry proteins.

Language skills:

Bulgarian (mother tongue) – perfect

English - writing, speaking, and understanding - very well.

Russian - understanding - very well, writing and speaking - well.

Turkish - understanding - very well, speaking - well

Computer skills:

List of selected publications:

-Samir Naimov, Gergana Zahmanova, Rumyana Boncheva, Milena Kostova, Ivan Minkov, Stefan Dukiandjiev, and Ruud A. deMaagd. Expression of synthetic SN19 gene in transgenic potato. Biotechnology and biotechnology equipment 2006 3 (accepted).

-Rumyana Boncheva, MSc; Stefan Dukiandjiev, Ivan Minkov, Ruud deMaagd, and Samir Naimov Activity of Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxins against codling moth (Cydia pomonella L.) larvae Journal of Invertebrate  Pathology 2006 92: 84-87

-Samir Naimov, Elena Martens-Uzunova,1 Mieke Weemen-Hendriks, Stefan Dukiandjiev,  Ivan Minkov, and Ruud A. de Maagd. Carboxy-

Terminal Extension Effects on Crystal Formation and Insecticidal Properties of Colorado Potato Beetle-Active Bacillus thuringiensis δ-Endotoxins

Molecular biotechnology 2006 32: 185-196

-Rumyana Karlova, Mieke Weemen-Hendriks, Samir Naimov, Jairo Ceron, Stefan Dukiandjiev and Ruud A. de Maagd. Bacillus thuringiensis δ-endotoxin Cry1Ac domain III enhances activity against Heliothis virescens in some, but not all Cry1-Cry1Ac hybrids. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 2005 88 (2): 169-172

-de Maagd, R.,A., Weemen-Hendriks, M., Molthoff J.,W., and Naimov,S. Activity of wild-type and hybrid Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxins agains Agrotis ipsilon. Arch Microbiol.  2003 179: 363-367

-Transgenic Potatoes Resistant to Coleopteran and Lepidopteran Pests through the use of Single Hybrid Bacillus thuringiensis cry Gene. Ruud A. de Maagd and Samir Naimov. ISB News Report., 2003   July: 4-6

-Naimov S., Dukiandjiev St., and de Maagd R.,A. A hybrid Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxin gives resistance against a coleopteran and a lepidopteran pest in transgenic potato. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 2003 1 (1): 51-59

-Naimov S., Weemen-Hendriks M. Dukiandjiev St., de Maagd R.,A. Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxin Cry1 hybrid proteins with increased activity against the Colorado potato beetle. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2001 67(11): 5328-5330.