MSc/PhD Program
Svilen Georgiev
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Svilen Georgiev


College / University:
University of Economics Varna
Freie Universität Berlin

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. Finance
B.Sc. Biology

Major Subject:
Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Genetics

Lab Experience:
Basic work with Drosophila melanogaster – handling of stocks, adult flies brain dissections, filopodia tracking with the help of Amira;
Work with mice: immunohistochemistry, in situ Ca2+ imaging, confocal microscopy, qPCR, MACS, Genotyping.
Work with Escherichia coli - E.coli expression, Protein Purification (affinity and size exclusion chromatography), SDS-PAGE, LIC Cloning, Plasmid Purification
Basic experience with imageJ, MATLAB, CorelDraw, R, Igor Pro

Projects / Research:
2020: Student assistant position, Rosenmund Lab, Neurophysiology, Charité, support of the technical assistants
2019 - 2020: Internship, Daumke Lab, Structural Biology, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, investigation of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor from a biochemical perspective.
2019: Internship and Bachelor’s Thesis, Kettenmann Lab, Cellular Neuroscience, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Topic of the thesis: “Communication between neurons and microglia via metabotropic glutamate receptors”
2018: Student assistant position, Hiesinger Lab, Neurogenetics, Freie Universität Berlin. Kiral et al. Autophagy-dependent filopodial kinetics restrict synaptic partner choice during Drosophila brain wiring. Nat. Commun. 11, 1325. (2020)

2020 - 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am profoundly fascinated by the incredible world of neuroscience. In the future I see myself investigating topics such as learning and memory. I am considering working on problems like synaptic transmission, plasticity and how neural circuits give rise to behavior. The emerging field of brain organoids derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and the live monitoring of processes on molecular scale are intriguing to me as well. In addition, I am keen on educating the public for the importance of neuroscience and how can we use the knowledge gained from this field to improve our quality of life.
By joining the program, I hope that I will gain the needed theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which will allow me to address a scientific problem in a holistic fashion.