Prof. Dr. Atanas G. Atanasov holds a MSc degree in Biotechnology (from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria), PhD degree in Biochemistry (from the University of Bern, Switzerland), and Habilitation (Privatdozent (PD) degree) in Pharmaceutical Biology-Pharmacognosy (from the University of Vienna, Austria).
Dr. Atanasov is currently Head of the Molecular Biology Department at IGAB, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna (Austria). He has published >100 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the area of Molecular Medicine, Nutrigenomics, Biotechnology, Natural Products, and Molecular Pharmacology. His scientific work has been funded from diverse national and international agencies; he is a keynote speaker at multiple prestigious international conferences, and serves in advisory/guiding roles for several biotech companies. Moreover, he is an editor for several well-ranked scientific journals, and acts as research evaluator for diverse governmental and industrial funding organizations (e.g., for Novo Nordisk, The French National Research Agency (ANR), The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)).
In addition to conventional science dissemination (research publications, teaching courses, conference lectures), Dr. Atanasov is a pioneer in digital science communication approaches (e.g., via his social media networks with a total of >150 000 followers/contacts), and was named #11 in the world on the “Top 25 Biotech Influencers to Watch on Twitter” ranking by Disruptor Daily. Moreover, he is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Natural Product Sciences Taskforce (INPST), a science networking and academia-industry collaboration platform aiming to promote natural product research and science communication in order to aid the search for new medicines, the establishment of better healthcare, and the development of better food and food supplements, and is a Director of GLOBE Program Association (GLOBE-PA), a non-profit consortium with focus on collaborative natural product science and business integration.