President of International BioDiscovery Federation
University of Abertay Dundee
Nikolai Zhelev a Molecular Cell Biologist and Professor of Medical Biotechnology. He also an Honorary Professor in eight universities in the UK, China, Bulgaria and Russia. His laboratory - which conducts research in drug development, cancer and cardiovascular systems biology and nanobiotechnology – has developed the first live-cell biosensor for monitoring activity on cancer targets in tumours. He has developed tiny human hearts - just 1 mm in diameter - which beat of their own accord. His TEDx Talk - How to break a thousand hearts - gives an insight into this research. He is also working with biopharmaceutical and biotech companies on the development of new drugs against cancer and cardiac hypertrophy. He have published three books, five book chapters and more than 90 research papers and patents in the field of DNA damage response, cell cycle regulation and drug discovery and development in oncology and cardiology. He is currently the President of the International BioDiscovery Federation and the Managing Editor of BioDiscovery – the first open access international scientific journal in the field of Life Sciences and Medicine in Scotland.
Molecular Cell Biologist and Medical Biotechnology