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Country
Poland

Affiliation
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Position
Head of Molecular Biology Department

Address
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Postepu 36A, Jastrzębiec
05-552 Magdalenka

Phone
0048 227 367 022

a.atanasov.mailbox@gmail.com

Webpage

Background and expertise of the representative

Atanas G. Atanasov is natural product drug discovery research leader (Principle Investigator, Group Leader, and Department Head) with significant research achievements towards characterization of molecular mechanisms of action of natural products, with multiple publications in well-ranked journals (e.g. J Am Coll Cardiol, Biotechnol Adv, Trends Biotechnol, Semin Cancer Biol, J Biol Chem, Cancer Lett, Br J Cancer, FASEB J, Endocrinology, Biochim Biophys Acta, Br. J. Pharmacol, J Am Soc Nephrol, Cardiovasc Res, Trends Anal Chem). He is keynote speaker at prestigious international conferences, 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)), and internationally recognised key promotor of the overall visibility of the natural product drug discovery research field.

Dr. Atanasov is also Founder and Executive Director of the International Natural Product Sciences Taskforce (INPST), an innovative union bringing together a high number (> 700) of scientists and key opinion leaders of the natural product scientific research field, as well as representatives of multiple scientific excellence centers and pharmaceutical and natural product-related industry: http://inpst.net/

Researcher profile (GoogleScholar; h-index: 31; citations: 3060):

https://scholar.google.at/citations?hl=en&user=ferA_REAAAAJ

 

Selected social media (overall outreach of > 200 000 followers/contacts):

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_atanas_  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/atanasgatanasov/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atanas.at  

Named #11 in the world on the “Top 25 Biotech Influencers to Watch on Twitter” ranking: https://www.disruptordaily.com/top-25-biotech-influencers-to-watch-on-twitter/

Organisation profile

The Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IGAB PAS) is currently one of the leading research institutions in the field of genetics, nutrigenomics, biotechnology, and mammalian physiology in Poland. The Institute focuses to implement innovation and biological processes optimization aimed at improvement of the quality of life of the society. One of the strongly represented research focuses of the institute is set on understanding the interplay between food constituents and physiological responses, making use of molecular bioactivity profiling, food chemistry analysis, and state of the art “omics” and bioinformatics approaches. In 2009, the Institute has received the status of the European Centre of Excellence in the field of genomics, biotechnology and quality of animal products, including animal welfare - ANIMBIOGEN in the EU. In 2015 IGAB PAS along with four other research centers within consortium Healthy Animal – Safe Food, received the prestigious status of the Leading National Research  Centre (KNOW). Currently the Institute employs ca. 150 people. About 45 scientists and 25 PhD students of the Institute realize annually ca. 50 research projects funded from various sources, including EU Framework Programs, EU Structural Funds, and national funds.

The Department of Molecular Biology headed by Dr. Atanasov comprises several teams with research interests in natural product drug discovery, bioinformatics, iron metabolism, microbiota, as well as Sequencing Core Facility.

Contribution to the network

Atanas G. Atanasov will participate in the network by providing his expertise in natural product-based drug discovery and molecular pharmacology, as well as by expanding the reach of the network by integrating it with the International Natural Product Sciences Taskforce (INPST), representing already established (with currently over 700 members) union of scientists and key opinion leaders of the natural product scientific research field, as well as representatives of multiple scientific excellence centers and pharmaceutical-, biotech-, and natural product-related industry. As INPST Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Atanasov will secure access to unique bioactive molecules available from the INPST members, to a range of diverse experimental study models, and to the INPST partners from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Interaction with the INPST will also facilitate the dissemination of relevant scientific information to the INPST members, INPST Email list subscribes, and social media channels followers.