Robert's Short Biography

Robert Penchovsky is a full professor of molecular genetics, synthetic biology, and bioinformatics at the Faculty of Biology of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” , Bulgaria, where he obtained his Master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular genetics, and his аssociate’s degree in applied computer sciences. Robert attended 30th high school in Sofia with extensive learning of German language .

He earned his Doctoral degree in genetics from Cologne University , Germany while researching in the fields of microfluidics and DNA computing for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft at Schloss Birlinghoven in Sankt Augustin (near Bonn), Germany.

Robert did his postdoctoral study in the fields of computational biology and RNA synthetic biology at Yale University , New Haven, CT, USA.

In addition to that Robert has worked for short periods of time as a software engineer, a

biotech consultant, and a researcher of molecular biology at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Sofia, Bulgaria and at the former Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Jena, Germany (now Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jane , Germany). Robert is a former reserve lieutenant of the Bulgarian Army .

As a research and teaching faculty at Sofia University since 2010, Robert pioneered the teaching and research in synthetic biology and bioinformatics in Bulgaria. Robert's publications have over 900 citations, an impact factor of over 180 points, and h-index of 14 points. He was the supervisor of 15 research projects. In Penchovsky's laboratory, 16 master's students and 5 doctoral students have successfully defended their theses. Robert is the head of several master's programs in genetics and genomics in Bulgarian and in English.

Robert is fluent in English and uses German and Russian.

Robert's research keywords: ribozymes, riboswitches, bioinformatics, biosensors, microfluidics, DNA/RNA computing, RNA synthetic biology, and rational drug design.

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