Meet Our Team
The wide range of sport and health services that I can provide here on STK Sport is only possible because of the help and collaboration with the following colleagues: Assoc. Prof. Petrov (he conducts the individual dietary assessments, and he is in charge with our nutrition and supplements advice for people engaged in sports. He also provides me with key methodological advice on the body composition and health-related assessments), Professor Alexandorva (she contributes towards the nutritional analyses service that we provide, and also gives me valuable feedback on my research), and Assistant Prof. Zaykova (she is in charge with the bespoke online fitness programmes for adults). All of us possess a minimum of PhD degree and have experience in scientific research, and/or teaching at university level.
Dr Lubomir Petrov
Dr Lubomir Petrov is the doctor of the Bulgarian National Swimming team, and he is also an associate professor at the Physiology and Biochemistry department at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria, where he teaches the following modules: Biochemistry and Sports Biochemistry, Basic Chemistry for International Students, Chemistry and Biology free electives.
He possesses a degree in Medicine from the Medical University Sofia, and a PhD degree in Sports and Exercise Science. His dissertation was on non-invasive biochemical methods for the assessment of stress in individual and team sports.
After his graduation from the Medical University, he started working as a physician in the Regional Hospital in Ruse, Bulgaria, from 1985 to 1988. From 1988 to 1995, he was the Chief assistant, lecturing the core module ‘Physiology and Sports Physiology’ at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria. During this time, he was involved in setting up and conducting experimental research, as well as processing, interpreting, and presenting experimental results and data.
He continued his scientific career at the Institute of Neurobiology in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he held the position of Chief assistant at the laboratory of ‘Free-radical Processes’ from 1995 to 2009.
In January 2009 he started working as a Lecturer and Scientific Researcher for the department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria. In 2018, he became Associate Professor in Sports Biochemistry and he is currently lecturing and conducting research at the same University.
Dr Petrov published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed articles with more than 160 citations in international journals.
Dr Albena Alexandrova
Dr Albena Alexandrova is the Head in the Laboratory of Free Radical Processes, Institute of Neurobiology, at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as well as a Professor at the Physiology and Biochemistry department at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria.
She possesses a Master's degree in Biology from the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria, and a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the Comenius University in Bratislava in Slovakia. His dissertation was entitled 'Role of proteasomes and protein oxidation in the liver damage induced by copper intoxication and ischemia'.
In 1988, she jointed the Department of Bioenergetics at the Institute of Physiology of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (currently the Institute of Neurobiology), where she worked until 2013, initially as a technical assistant, then as a biochemist, and then as a research associate (III, II, I degree).
In 2013, she was habilitated as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Neurobiology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From then on, she has also been working as a lecturer in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at National Sports Academy in Bulgaria. In 2020, Dr Alexandrova became a Professor in Sports Biochemistry.
Dr Alexandrova published more than 80 scientific peer-reviewed articles with more than 170 citations in international journals.
Dr Dilyana Zaykova
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Learning from the best in the field
I am proud to mention that Dr Petrov and Dr Alexandrova were my PhD supervisors at the National Sports Academy from 2015 to 2018 during the writing of my dissertation, and I could not thank them enough for their constant encouragement and support.
After my PhD graduation in 2018 with Dr Petrov and Dr Alexandrova