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Senior Research Scientist

Tel.  +359-2-8707-108
Fax. +359-2-8705-498
E-mail: Aneta.Kostadinova@uv.es

Temporary address (2002-2004):
Marine Zoology Unit
Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
University of Valencia
P.O. Box 22085
46071 Valencia

Born: October 1st, 1957, Drinovo, Targovishte Region.

1980: MSc (Ecology), Faculty of Biology, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia
1994: PhD (Parasitology), Central Laboratory of Helminthology, BAS

1989-1995: Research Associate, Institute of Parasitology, BAS
1995-1996: Research Associate, Institute of Ecology, BAS
1996-2001: Research Associate, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS
2001-present: Senior Research Scientist, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS


  • Digenean parasite systematics and ecology

  • Diversity, life histories and ecology of helminths in natural ecosystems

  • Application of techniques of DNA analysis to parasite identification.

  • Use of multivariate analyses and DNA techniques in estimating the morphological and genetic variation among natural parasite populations



  • A molecular approach in assessing species diversity in the trematode genus Echinostoma (Digenea: Echinostomatidae), funded by The Systematics Association, UK (1999-2000)

  • The structure and organization of helminth communities in reptiles from the Palaearctic, co-funded by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1997-2000)



1990: Helminthological Laboratory, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR.
Taxonomy, life-cycles and ecology of trematodes in aquatic ecosystems (1month Russian Academy of Sciences Fellowship).

1991: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
A comparative study on trematode communities in fish-eating birds in three ecosystems at the Black Sea coast (6 months British Council Fellowship).

1997-1998: Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, London, UK.
A multidisciplinary approach to investigating the biodiversity of parasitic worms: Revised classification and phylogenetic hypothesis for the Echinostomatidae. (NATO/Royal Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship).

2002-2003: Marine Zoology Unit, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Spain
(Research Fellow in marine parasitology).


Statistical methods in modern parasitology: University Paisiy Khilendarski, Plovdiv (1998/1999; 1999/2000)



Kostadinova, A. & Gibson, D.I. (2000) The Systematics of the Echinostomes. In: Fried, B. & Graczyk, T.K. (Eds) Echinostomes as Experimental Models for Biological Research. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Kostadinova A., Gibson, D.I., Biserkov, V. & Ivanova, R. (2000) A quantitative approach to the evaluation of the morphological variability of two echinostomes, Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 and E. revolutum (Frölich, 1802) from Europe. Systematic Parasitology, 45, 1-15.
Kostadinova, A., Gibson, D.I., Biserkov, V. & Chipev, N. (2000) Re-validation of Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) on the basis of experimental completion of its life-cycle. Systematic Parasitology, 45, 81-108.
Kostadinova, A. (1999) Cercarial chaetotaxy of Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae), with a review of the sensory patterns in the 'revolutum' group. Systematic Parasitology, 44, 201-209.
Kostadinova, A. & Gibson, D.I. (1998) Petasiger oschmarini n. sp. (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) in the grebes Podiceps grisegena (Bod.) and P. auritus (L.) (Aves: Podicipedidae) from Kamchatka, Russia. Systematic Parasitology, 39, 49-57.
Biserkov, V. & Kostadinova, A. (1998) Intestinal helminth communities in Lacerta viridis Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from Bulgaria. Journal of Helminthology, 3, 267-271.
Kostadinova, A. (1997) A comparative study of cercarial chaetotaxy in two species of Petasiger Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Systematic Parasitology, 37, 105-110.
Kostadinova, A., Gibson, D.I. & Gubanyi, A. (1997) Morphometric discriminant analysis of three species of Petasiger Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Parasite, 4, 311-318.
Biserkov, V. & Kostadinova, A. (1997) Development of the plerocercoid I of Ophiotaenia europaea in reptiles. International Journal for Parasitology, 27, 1513-1516.
Kostadinova, A. (1996) Morphological variability of Brachylecithum microtesticulatum (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae) in the Black Sea region. Folia Parasitologica, 43, 47-51.
Dimitrov, G., Kostadinova, A. & Gibson, D.I. (1996) Rhipidocotyle genovi n. sp. (Digenea: Bucephalidae) from the intestine of Gaidropsarus mediterraneus (L.) (Gadiformes: Gadidae) from the Black Sea. Systematic Parasitology, 33, 209-216.
Biserkov, V. & Kostadinova, A. (1995) A 'mini-microtome' for preparing serial sections directly on a light microscope stage. Journal of Microscopy, 179, 90-93.
Kostadinova, A. (1995) Echinostoma echinatum (Zeder, 1803) sensu Kanev (Digenea: Echinostomatidae): a note of caution. Systematic Parasitology, 32, 23-26.
Kostadinova, A. & Gibson, D. (1994) Microphallid trematodes in the amphipod Gammarus subtypicus Stock, 1966 from a Black Sea lagoon. Journal of Natural History, 28, 37-45.
Kostadinova, A. (1993) Cercarial chaetotaxy of Codonocephalus urniger (Rudolphi, 1819) (Trematoda: Diplostomidae). Systematic Parasitology, 26, 45-51.
Kostadinova, A. & Chipev, N. (1992) Experimental data on the life-cycle of Petasiger grandivesicularis Ishii, 1935 (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae). Systematic Parasitology, 23, 55-65.


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