Dr. Milen Nachev
Faculty of Biology
My main research covers selected aspects of parasitology and applied ecology. I’m very interested in parasite’s biology and ecology and in particular in research topics related to diversity, evolution and transmission of parasites as well as to host-parasite interactions (e.g. trophic interactions, host’s biomarker response) and uptake of pollutants by parasites. In the applied ecology I’m involved in projects focused on assessment of metal pollution (bioaccumulation, bioindication, ecotoxicology) as well as in projects studying the biodiversity, organismic trophic interactions and food-web structure of ecosystems. Hence, a large part of my research is in the field of “environmental parasitology”, which represents an ecologically based approach in parasitology.
Over the past years I’ve gained skills in different analytical methods such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS). I have also some experience in molecular barcoding (PCR diagnostic techniques).