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Date and place of birth: 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 Fellow, Institute of Parasitology, BAS
  • 1995-1996: Research Fellow, Institute of Ecology, BAS
  • 1996-2001: Research Fellow, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS
  • 2001-present: Associate Professor, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS
  • 2002-2005: Temporary position, Research Fellow in marine parasitology, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Spain

Research Interests

  • 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

Recent Projects

  • 2002-2005: Structure and organisation of the larval trematode communities in freshwater gastropods; joint research project of BAS and Russian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Systematic and Ecology of Animals, Novosibirsk)
  • 2004-2007: The role of the invasive species on local mullet communities in the Mediteranean: a parasite community approach; funded by EC Programme INTAS

Foreign Visits

  • 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).
  • 2002-2005: Marine Zoology Unit, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Spain (Research Fellow in marine parasitology).


  • 1998/1999, 1999/2000 - Statistical methods in modern parasitology: University Paisiy Khilendarski, Plovdiv

List of publications

Kostadinova, A., N. Chipev, T. Genov (1988). Trematodes of grebes (Podicipedidae) from northeastern Bulgaria. I. Species composition and morphology of the trematodes belonging to the families Cyclocoeliidae, Echinostomatidae and Notocotylidae. Khelminthologiya 26, 10-25.

Kostadinova, A., N. Chipev (1992). Experimental data on the life-cycle of Petasiger grandivesicularis Ishii, 1935 (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae). Systematic Parasitology 23, 55-65.

Kostadinova, A. (1993). Cercarial chaetotaxy of Codonocephalus urniger (Rudolphi, 1819) (Trematoda: Diplostomidae). Systematic Parasitology 26, 45-51.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson (1994). Microphallid trematodes in the amphipod Gammarus subtypicus Stock, 1966 from a Black Sea lagoon. Journal of Natural History 28, 37-45.

Kostadinova, A., I. Matskasi (1994). A new geographical record of Petasiger grandivesicularis Ishii, 1935 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Parasitologia Hungarica 27, 39-44.

Shigin, A. A., A. Kostadinova (1995). On two sibling species of Diplostomum (Strigeidida, Diplostomidae). Trudy GELAN 40, 73-84. (In Russian).

Kostadinova, A. (1995). Echinostoma echinatum (Zeder, 1803) sensu Kanev (Digenea: Echinostomatidae): a note of caution. Systematic Parasitology 32, 23-26.

Biserkov, V., A. Kostadinova (1995). A "mini-microtome" for preparing serial sections directly on a light microscope stage. Journal of Microscopy 179, 90-93.

Chipev, N., A. Kostadinova (1995). Digenean parasite assemblages in birds of the family Ardeidae from a lake ecosystem in Bulgaria. Parasitologia Hungarica 28, 109-112.

Kostadinova, A. (1996a). Trematodes of birds of the family Ardeidae from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Comptes rendus de l'Academie Bulgare des Sciences 48, 89-92.

Kostadinova, A. (1996b). Trematodes of birds of the family Laridae from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 49, 79-86.

Dimitrov, G., A. Kostadinova, D. Gibson (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.

Kostadinova, A. (1996). Morphological variability of Brachylecithum microtesticulatum (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae) in the Black Sea region. Folia Parasitologica 43, 47-51.

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., D. Gibson, A. Gubanyi (1997). Morphometric discriminant analysis of three species of Petasiger Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Parasite 4, 311-318.

Biserkov, V., A. Kostadinova (1997). Development of the plerocercoid I of Ophiotaenia europaea in reptiles. International Journal for Parasitology 27, 1513-1516.

Kostadinova, A., D. Gibson (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., A. Kostadinova (1998). Intestinal helminth communities in Lacerta viridis Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from Bulgaria. Journal of Helminthology 3, 267-271.

Genov, T., B.B. Georgiev, A.K. Kostadinova (1998). Class Trematoda. In: T. Michev, B. B. Georgiev, A. V. Petrova, and M. P. Stoyneva (Eds.), Biodiversity of the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve. Checklist and bibliography, pp. 53-56. Sofia: Co-published by Context and Pensoft.

Kostadinova, A. (1999a). 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. (1999b). First record of Petasiger grandivesicularis Ishii, 1935 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) in Germany. Helminthologia 36, 101-103.

Buchvarov, G., D. Kirin, A. Kostadinova (2000). Platyhelminth parasite assemblages in two species of snakes, Natrix natrix and N. tessellata (Reptilia, Colubridae), from Bulgaria: seasonal variation. Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology 1, 124-131.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson (2000). The Systematics of the Echinostomes. In: B. Fried and T. K. Graczyk (Eds.), Echinostomes as Experimental Models for Biological Research, pp. 31-57. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson, V.Biserkov, N.Chipev (2000). Re-validation of Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 (Digenea: Echinotomatidae) on the basis of the experimental completion of its life-cycle. Systematic Parasitology 45, 81-108.

Kostadinova, A., D. Gibson, V. Biserkov, R. Ivanova (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., D.I. Gibson (2001a). Uroproctepisthmium bursicola (Creplin, 1837) n. comb. (Digenea: Echinostomatidae), and re-evaluations of the genera Episthmium Lühe, 1909 and Uroproctepisthmium Fitchthal & Kuntz, 1976. Systematic Parasitology 50, 63-67.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson (2001b). Redescriptions of two echinostomes from freshwater fishes, with comments on Singhia Yamaguti, 1958 and Caballerotrema Prudhoe, 1960 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Systematic Parasitology 49, 195-204.

Kostadinova, A. (2001). Psilolintonum lineatum (Linton, 1928) (Echinostomatoidea: Psilostomidae) re-allocated to Podocotyle (Allocreadioidea: Opecoelidae) on the basis of a re-examination of the type material. Folia Parasitologica 48, 115-117.

Sharpilo, V.P., A.K. Kostadinova, V. Biserkov, J. Benke, J. Kuzmin (2001). Helminths of the sand lizard, Lacerta agilis (Reptilia, Lacertidae), in the Palearctic: faunal diversity and spatial patterns of variation in the composition and structure of component communities. Parassitology 123, 389-400.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson (2002). Isthmiophora Lühe, 1909 and Euparyphium Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) re-defined, with comments on their nominal species. Systematic Parasitology 52, 205-217.

Kostadinova, A., C. Vaucher, D.I. Gibson (2002). Redescriptions of two echinostomes from birds in Paraguay, with comments on Drepanocephalus Dietz, 1909 and Paryphostomum Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae). Systematic Parasitology 53, 147-158.

Aydogdu, A., A. Kostadinova, M. Fernandez (2003). Variations in the distribution of parasites in the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, from lake Iznik, Turkey: population dynamics related to season and host size. Helminthologia 40, 33-40.

Georgiev, D. M., A.K. Kostadinova, B.B. Georgiev (2003). Land snails in the transmission of protostrongylids on pastures in Southern Bulgaria: variability of infection levels related to environmental factors. Acta Parasitologica 48, 208-217.

Kostadinova, A.K., E.A. Herniou, J. Barrett, D.T.J. Littlewood (2003). Phylogenetic relationships of Echinostoma Rudolphi, 1809 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) and related genera re-assessed via dna and morphological analyses. Systematic Parasitology 54, 159-176.

Kostadinova, A.K., A.M. Power, M. Fernandez, J.A. Balbuena, J.A. Raga, and D.I. Gibson (2003). Three species of Magnibursatus Naidenova, 1969 (Digenea: Derogenidae) from Atlantic and Black Sea marine teleosts. Folia Parasitologica 50, 202-210.

Kostadinova, A., P. Bartoli, D.I. Gibson, J.A. Raga (2004). Redescriptions of Magnibursatus blennii (Paggi & Orechhia, 1975) n. comb. and Arnola microcirrus (Vlasenko, 1931) (Digenea: Derogenidae) from marine teleosts off Corsica. Systematic Parasitology 58, 125-137.

Kostadinova, A., D.I. Gibson, J.A. Balbuena, A.M. Power, F. Montero, A. Aydogdu, J.A. Raga (2004). Redescriptions of Aphanurus stossichii (Monticelli, 1891) and A. virgula Looss, 1907 (Digenea: Hemiuridae). Systematic Parasitology 58, 175-184.

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