Velislava Petrova

Member of the managing board

Velislava Petrova was born in Sandanski on 05.06.1990. She graduated from the National High School of Mathematics and Science with a Golden Diploma in Biology and Biotechnology. At the age of 18 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the XLAB International Science Camp in Goettingen, Germany where she worked on projects in Drosophila Development, Organic Chemistry and Astrophysics.

After her research experience in Germany, she moved to do a Bachelor Degree in Virology at the University of Bristol, UK. She finished her degree as top of her class and was awarded the University prize for most innovative research project. During her Bachelor degree, she is also one of 3 students selected to do a placement in bioinformatics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where she works on methods for monitoring the  evolution of Norovirus, HIV and HCV. Since 2013 Velisava is a holder of a Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Scholarship and she investigates the relationship between vaccination and autoimmune diseases.