Research Groups


The major focus of the research interests of this group is the molecular basis of cancer and the development of better diagnostic and prediction tools. In addition, we are looking for the contribution of environmental factors and lifestyle, interacting with genes to cause cancer.

The molecular genetic studies of this multidisciplinary team, which included surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, urologists, chemo- and radiotherapists, molecular biologists and geneticists focus on investigations of several common cancers.

Up to date we have focused our research interests on several types of cancers:

Members of Oncogenetics team:

Atanaska Mitkova, PhD

Radka Kaneva, PhD

Rumyana Dodova, MSc

Gergana Stancheva, MSc

Darina Kachakova, MSc

Daniela Dacheva, MSc

Silva Garo, MSc



"Analysis of mutations in BRCA1 gene in Bulgarian patients with triple negative breast cancer", 2011-2012.

"Promoter hypermethylation in laryngeal carcinogenesis", 2011-2012.

"Genetic analysis of mutations in exon 11 of BRCA2 gene in Bulgarian patients with hereditary breast cancer", 2011-2012.

"Analysis of mutations in IDH1, IDH2 and TP53 genes and 1p/19q deletions in Bulgarian patients with malignant glial tumours", 2011-2012.

"Association study of polymorphic variants in locus 11р15 and their role in prostate carcinogenesis", 2011-2012.

"Follow up of circulating tumor cells (CTC) levels in patients with metastatic breast carcinoma - prognostic and predictive meaning", 2010-2012.

"Analysis of clinical and molecular characteristics of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and their application for prediction of prognosis and treatment response", 2010-2012.

"Analysis of polymorphisms in low-penetrance genes associated with high risk of breast cancer ", 2010-2011.

"Genetic markers with prognostic value in high-grade gliomas", 2010-2011.

"Analysis of promoter hypermethylation of biomarkers in urine of patients with prostate cancer - validation of their diagnostic value in Bulgarian population", 2010-2011.

“Clinical and molecular markers with predictive value for survival, quality of life and treatment response in high-grade gliomas”, 2009-2011.

“Study of the genetic variations, associated with increased risk and identification of diagnostics and prognostics markers for prostate cancer”, 2009-2011.

“Analysis of big deletions, insertions and rearrangements in BRCA1 and BRCA2”, 2009-2010.

“Analysis of polymorphic variants in candidate genes associated with prostate cancer”, 2009-2010.

“Determination of mutation frequencies in MSH6 gene between patients with endometrial carcinoma which biopsycal materials show inactivating mutations in KRAS gene”, 2009-2010.

“Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx and the hypopharynx. Genetic defects associated with carcinogenesis and biological behaviour of the tumor”, 2009-2010.

“Molecular pathways involved in mammary gland cancer”, 2008-2010.

“Evaluation of the relevance of the CTNNB1 gene mutation analysis for patients with endometrial cancer”, 2008-2009.

“Analysis of big genome deletions, insertions and rearrangements in MLH1 and MLH2 genes in bulgarian patients with colorectal cancer”, 2008-2009.

“Association study of polymorphic variants in regulatory genes of androgen biosynthesis (CYP1B1, CYP19 and SRD5A2) with increased risk for development of prostate cancer in Bulgaria”, 2008-2009.

“Association studies on the role of I157T polymorphism in CHEK2 gene for development of colorectal and endometrial cancer in Bulgarian patients”, 2007-2008.

“Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer susceptible genes and their association with the development of breast and prostate cancer in Bulgaria” 2007-2008.

“Study on the Role of Polymorphisms in Genes XRCC1 and XRCC3 for Development of Early Radiation Reactions after Radiation Therapy of Cervical and Endometrial Carcinomas”, 2006-2007.

“Prognostic and Predicting Value of the Timidilat Sintetase Expression in Patients with Colorectal Cancer”, 2006-2007.

“Investigation Study of the molecular basis of the endometrial cancer in Bulgaria”, 2005-2007.

“Study of the molecular genetic and clinical profiles of the hereditary and sporadic colorectal cancers in Bulgaria”, 2005-2006.