Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988
    Master in Chemistry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 1993
    PhD in Chemistry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 1993 – 1997
    Assistant, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 1999 – 2001
    Post-doc, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2001 – 2004
    Lecturer Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2004 – 2010
    Professor, fellow of SNF, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Since 2010
    Full Professor, Institute F.A. Forel, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Since 2011
    Director, Institute F.A. Forel, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • I. A. M. Worms, J. Boltzman, M. Garcia and V. I. Slaveykova Cell-wall dependent effect of carboxyl-CdSe/ZnS quantum dots on lead and copper availability to green microalgae Environ. Pollution 167, 27 – 33 (2012).

  • E. Alasonati and V. I. Slaveykova Effects of extraction methods on the composition and molar mass distributions of exopolymeric substances of the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti Bioresourse Technology 114, 603 – 609 (2012).

  • J. Spierings, I. Worms, P. Miéville and V.I. Slaveykova Effect of humic substance photoalteration on lead bioavailability to freshwater microalgae Environ. Sci. Technol. 45, 3452 – 3458, (2011).

  • E. Alasonati, V.I. Slaveykova, H. Gallard, J-P. Croué and M. F. Benedetti Characterization of the Colloidal Organic Matter from the Amazonian Basin by Asymmetrical Flow Field-Flow Fractionation and Size Exclusion Chromatography Water research 44, 223 – 231 (2010).

  • V.I. Slaveykova, C Guignard, T. Eybe, H-N. Migeon and L. Hoffmann Dynamic NanoSIMS Ion Imaging of Unicellular Freshwater Algae Exposed to Copper Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 393, 583 – 589 (2009).

  • V.I. Slaveykova, I.B. Karadjova, M. Karadjov and D.L. Tsalev In-situ Determination of Trace Metal Species in Surface Waters of Black Sea Coastal Area: Comparison to Bioavailability by Green Microalgae Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 1798 – 1803 (2009).

  • V. I. Slaveykova, K. Startchev and J. Roberts Amine- and Carboxyl-Quantum Dots Affect Membrane Integrity of Bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 5117 – 5120 (2009).

  • I. B. Karadjova, V.I. Slaveykova and D.L. Tsalev Arsenic Species Biouptake and Toxicity to Marine Green Algae Aquatic toxicology 87, 264 – 271 (2008).

  • C. Lamelas and V. I. Slaveykova Comparison of Cd(II), Cu(II) and Pb(II) Biouptake by Green Algae in the Presence of Humic Acid Environ. Sci. Technol. 41, 4172 – 4178 (2007).

  • V.I. Slaveykova and K.J. Wilkinson Predicting the Bioavailability of Metals and Metal Complexes: Critical Review of the Biotic Ligand Model Environ. Chem. 2, 9 – 24 (2005).

  • V.I. Slaveykova and K.J. Wilkinson Physicochemical Aspects of Lead Bioaccumulation by Chlorella vulgaris Environ. Sci. Technol. 36, 969 – 975 (2002).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Swiss National Science Foundation Grant- Romanian-Swiss Research Programme, Mercury threat in industrially impacted surface water bodies in Romania – integrated approach (MERCURO), in collaboration with GEOECOMAR, Romania. 2013 – 2016

  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Assessing metal bioavailability through transcriptome response in aquatic primary producers. 2012 – 2015

  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Metal bioavailability to aquatic photosynthetic organisms in Changing Environment (BioChEn). 2011 – 2014

  • NRP 64 Opportunities and risks of nanotechnology, Non-invasive continuous monitoring of the interaction between nanoparticles and aquatic microorganisms, in collaboration with EPFL, Switzerland. 2011 – 2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor of Environmental Science and Pollution Research, since 2010

  • Manuscript reviewer for Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental pollution, Aquatic toxicology and other journals

  • Invited co-examiner of PhD theses and of Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) theses at various universities in Switzerland, France

  • Reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation Programs

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