Prof. Vassya Bankova, PhD, DSc

Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry

Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 9

1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Tel.:      +359 (2) 96 06 149

Fax:      +359 (2) 870 02 25




Research interests:

Natural product chemistry:

  • search for new biologically active natural compounds (mainly antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant), using modern chromatographic and spectral methods
  • isolation, structural elucidation, analysis of bioactive secondary metabolites
  • developing of modern reliable methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the active components in medicinal plants.



Visiting fellowships:

            1985-1986, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, Heinrich Hertz Fellowship

            1993, Institute of Pharmacognosy and Analytical Phytochemistry, University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany

            1999, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bandeirante University, Sao Paulo, Brazil

            2000, Institute of Molecules of Biological Interest, CNR, Naples, Italy



Membership in Scientific and Professional Institutes, Bodies and Organizations


Member of the Bulgarian Society for Organic and Organometallic Chemistry,

Member of the International Honey Commission,

Honorary Member of the Scientific Committee of the Greek Scientific Apitherapy Center



Teaching activities

Lecturer at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia, (master degree): Structural analysis of organic compounds


Ongoing research projects:

            Research on the pharmacological potential of Bulgarian medicinal plants in experimental osteoporosis: taxonomic, phytochemical and in vitro/in vivo studies, supported by the Bulgarian Science Fund, 2011 - 2013 (WP leader)

            Application of OMICS technologies for revealing the health supporting potential of Bulgarian honey, supported by the Bulgarian Science Fund, 2013 - 2014 (WP leader)



Selected publications:


  • V. Bankova, B. Trusheva. Chemical profiles of different ptopolis types in relation to their biological activity. In: T. Farooki and A. Farooki, Eds., Beneficial effects of propolis on human health and chronic diseases. NOVA Science Publishers, New York. 2013.
  • K. Bilikova, M. Popova, B. Trusheva, V. Bankova. New anti-Paenibacillus larvae substances purified from propolis. Apidologie 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012-0178-1. Online First.
  • M. Popova, B. Trusheva, S. Cutajar, D. Antonova , D. Mifsud, C. Farrugia, V. Bankova. Identification of the plant origin of the botanical biomarkers of Mediterranean type propolis. Natural Product Communications 7(5), 569-570 (2012)
  • S. Simova, A. Atanassov, M. Shishiniiova, V. Bankova. A rapid differentiation between oak honeydew honey and nectar and other honeydew honeys by NMR spectroscopy. Food Chemistry 134, 1706 – 1710 (2012)
  • M. Popova, B. Trusheva, D. Antonova, S. Cutajar, D. Mifsud, C. Farrugia, I. Tsvetkova, H. Najdenski, V. Bankova. The specific chemical profile of Mediterranean propolis from Malta. Food Chemistry 126(3), 1431–1435 (2011)
  • J. Petreska, G. Stefkov, S. Kulevanova, K. Alipieva, V. Bankova, M. StefovaPhenolic compounds of Mountain Tea from the Balkans: LC/DAD/ESI/MSn profile and content. Natural Product Communications 6(1), 21-30 (2011)
  • J.M. Sforcin, V. Bankova. Propolis: Is there a potential for the development of new drugs? Journal of Ethnopharmacology 133(2), 253–260 (2011).
  • J. Petreska, G. Stefkov, S. Kulevanova, K. Alipieva, V. Bankova, M. StefovaPhenolic compounds of Mountain Tea from the Balkans: LC/DAD/ESI/MSn profile and content. Natural Product Communications 6(1), 21-30 (2011).
  • A.C.H.F. Sawaya, P. V. Abdelnur, M.N. Eberlin, S. Kumazawa, M.-R. Ahn, K. -S. Bang, N. Nagaraja, V. S. Bankova, H. Afrouzan. Fingerprinting of Propolis by Easy Ambient Sonic-Spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Talanta 81, 100 – 108, 2010.
  • M. Popova, K. Graikou, I. Chinou, V. Bankova. GC-MS profiling of diterpene compounds in Mediterranean propolis from Greece. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58, 3167 – 3176, 2010.
  • M. P. Popova, I. B. Chinou, I. N. Marekov, V. S. Bankova. Terpenes with antimicrobial activity from Cretan propolis Phytochemistry 70(10), 1262-1271, 2009.
  • M. Popova, B. Trusheva, M. Gyosheva, I. Tsvetkova, V. Bankova. Antibacterial triterpenes from the threatened wood-decay fungus Fomitopsis rosea. Fitoterapia, 80(5) 263-266, 2009.
  • V. Bankova, B. Trusheva., M.Popova. New developments in propolis chemical diversity studies (since 2000) In: N. Orsolich & I. Basic (Eds), Scientific Evidence of Use of Propolis in Ethnomedicine, 1-13, Transworld Research Network , Trivandrum, 2008.
  • D. Batovska, St. Parushev, A. Slavova, V. Bankova, I. Tsvetkova, M. Ninova, H. Najdenski. Study on the substituents’ effects of a series of synthetic chalcones against the yeast Candida albicans. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 42, 87 – 92 (2007)
  • B. Trusheva, M. Popova, V. Bankova, S. Simova, M. C. Marcucci, P. L. Miorin, F. da Rocha Pasin, I. Tsvetkova. Bioactive Constituents of Brazilian Red Propolis. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative medicine (eCAM), 3(2), 249 – 254 (2006).
  • V. Bankova. Chemical diversity of propolis and the problem of standardization. J. Ethnopharmacol. 100(1-2), 114 – 117 (2005)