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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electronics, Sofia/Bulgaria

Assoc. prof. Dr. Ekaterina Borisova

Member of the Academic Council of BAS

Scientific Secretary of IE-BAS

SPIE Senior Member

Assoc. prof. Dr. Ekaterina G. Borisova received the M. S. degree in Medical Physics and in Laser Physics from Physics Department of Sofia University, Bulgaria, in 2000. The Ph.D. degree on Physics of wave processes was received in Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria in 2005. 

From 2004 to 2007, she was a Research Assistant with the laboratory of Condensed Matter Lasers in the same institute, where in the end of 2007 received Associated Professor position in the newly established Biophotonics laboratory. From 2012 she is a Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and from 2014 – Member of the Academic Council of Education Center of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 2016 she became a Member of Executive Council of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. 

She is a co-author of six book chapters, more than 140 articles and conference full texts reports, as well as of five national and European patents in the field of biophotonics. Her recent investigations cover the field of molecular optical spectroscopy of biological samples, optical biopsy of human tissues and monitoring and detection of their pathological changes, as well as the problems of photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy applications. 

Assoc. prof. Dr. Borisova is a Senior member of SPIE, and regular member of Optical Society of America, European Physics Society, European Society of Photobiology, European Platform of Photodynamic Medicine, and Union of Physicists in Bulgaria (UPB), where in 2009 was elected to be a Member of the Advisory Council of the UPB – Sofia branch. Her researches in the field of optical spectroscopy of human tissues for oncologic applications were honored with the BAS Prize for best young scientist in the field of Physics (2004), Prize “Pythagoras” of the Ministry of Education and Sciences for the Best Young Scientist in Bulgaria in 2012, as well as with an UNESCO/L’Oreal fellowship “For Women in Science” for Bulgaria in 2014.

Institute of Electronics

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

72, Tsarigradsko chaussee Blvd.

1784 Sofia, Bulgaria

Tel./fax: +3592 9745742

Tel: +3592 9795894

e-mail: borisova@ie.bas.bg

Work directions 

Tissue optics

Medical imaging and tomography

Photodynamic and nano-medicine

Instrumentation development

General aims of the lab work:

Strengthen and growth of the Institute of Electronics in the field of biomedical photonics as a leading research center in Bulgaria and in the region. Implementation of the developed in the IE conception about creation of new high-technological market niche in this area, based on the contemporary economic theory about "Competitive advantage of nations". Achievement of high quality results in the research, development and introduction activities in the filed of biomedical physics and technology, as well as in the activities, related to the application of optoelectronic equipment and methods into clinical practice, formation and development of laser and optoelectronic equipment consumption and connected health services and training of highly specialized cadres.

Used methods:

Application and development of the classical methods of optical spectroscopy and realization of interdisciplinary transfer of methodologies for investigations and influence on the biological tissues. Development and growth of new research, diagnostic and therapeutic methods as optical biopsy, laser-assisted tissues reshaping, new multifactor control schemes for photodynamic therapy.

The projects and developments of the team are based on the following expertise:

- Fluorescence steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy of liquids and bio-tissues;

- Diffuse-reflectance optical spectroscopy of biological objects;

- Absorption, transmission and backscattering spectroscopy of bio-objects;

- Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of hard biological tissues;

- Photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy (PDD & PDT) using novel photosensitizers;

- Photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi;

- Skin cancer optical biopsy;

- Gastrointestinal tumour spectroscopic detection and imaging;

- Laser-induced hyperthermia of bio-tissues;

- Low-level laser therapy (LLLT);

- Photochemodissociation of oxy-hemoglobin for phototherapy improvement;

- Optical mammography using LIDAR approach;

- Laser and optical equipment development for biomedical applications.