Dr. Aneta Kostadinova, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Helminthology

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775483
E-mail: Aneta.Kostadinova@uv.es
Room: 238

Curriculum vitae


Education & Qualifications

  • Senior Research Scientist Grade 2: Parasitology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences & Superior Commission of Attestations of the Republic of Bulgaria (2001)
  • PhD: Parasitology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences & Superior Commission of Attestations of the Republic of Bulgaria (1994)
  • BSc & MSc: Ecology and Environmental Protection, University of Sofia St Kliment Okhridski, Republic of Bulgaria (1980)

Research Focus

  • Taxonomy and systematics of the Trematoda. Taxonomic revision to the generic level of the superfamily Echinostomatoidea. Taxonomic revisions to the species level. Five chapters in Keys to the Trematoda Vol. 2, CAB International & The Natural History Museum, UK.
  • Parasite biodiversity, systematics and phylogeny addressed by the application of morphological, biostatistical and molecular methods. Studies focused on parasites of Mediterranean fish including parasite pathogens in fish species of Mediterranean aquaculture (3 PhD students, 1 MSc student).
  • Trematode communities in molluscs as a model system to forecast the impact of climate change in freshwater ecosystems in Central Europe. Building of an advanced morphological and molecular database for rapid parasite identification and development of ecological framework for predictive modelling of parasite distribution patterns (1 PhD student).
  • Parasite communities as bioindicators of fish populations in the marine environment. Application of multivariate techniques and novel machine-learning algorithms to fish population discrimination and detecting the adverse effects of environmental pollution after the Prestige oil-spill (2 PhD students).
  • The role of parasitism in fish invasions in the Mediterranean. Development of methodology for monitoring the transition sequence of the invasive mugilid, M. soiuy, using parasite communities as invasion response indicators (1 PhD student, 1 MSc student).

Current Editorial Board Appointments

Systematic Parasitology (since 2007)
Parasites & Vectors (since 2008)

Current projects

  • 2010-2014: Trematode communities in molluscs as a model system to forecast the impact of climate change in freshwater ecosystems in Central Europe. Czech Science Foundation, P505/10/1562.
  • 2011-2014: PARATUN: Parasitos del atun rojo Atlantico oriental (Thunnus thynnus) en poblaciones naturales y en cautividad, comunidades y patologias asociadas. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain. AGL2010-20892.

PhD Students

  • Isabel Blasco-Costa ‘Taxonomy of the Haploporinae Nicoll, 1914 and Bunocotylinae Dollfus, 1950 (Digenea) from Mediterranean mullets (Teleostei): Morphological and molecular approaches’ PhD (Doctor Europeus cum laude) awarded 21 April 2009 (University of Valencia). Marie Curie Research Fellow (Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic & University of Otago, New Zealand).
  • Ana Pérez-del Olmo: ‘Biodiversity and structure of parasite communities in Boops boops (Teleostei: Sparidae) from the Western Mediterranean and off the North East Atlantic coasts of Spain’, PhD (Doctor Europeus cum laude) awarded 25 April 2008 (University of Valencia). Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and Marie Curie Research Fellow (University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany).
  • Diana Perdiguero-Alonso: ‘Parasite communities of the European cod’, PhD awarded cum laude 25 April 2008 (University of Valencia). Unofficial supervision.
  • Miroslava Soldánová: ‘Composition and structure of larval trematode communities in Lymnaea stagnalis in Central Europe’. PhD award due 2011 (University of South Bohemia & Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic).

Total found: 63 records
Selbach C., Soldánová M., Feld C.K., Kostadinova A., Suresa B. (2020) Hidden parasite diversity in a European freshwater system Scientific Reports 10 : 2694.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-59548-5
Pérez-Del-Olmo A., Dallarés S., Georgieva S., Constenla M., Kostadinova A., Carrassón M. (2019) Species of Lepidapedon Stafford, 1904 (Digenea: Lepidapedidae) from deep-sea fishes in the Western Mediterranean: molecular and morphological evidence Systematic Parasitology 96 : 149–169.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-019-09845-z
Benhamou F., Marzoug D., Boutiba Z., Kostadinova A., Pérez-Del-Olmo A. (2017) Parasite communities in two sparid fishes from the Western mediterranean: a comparative analysis based on samples from three localities of the Algerian coast Helminthologia 54 : 26-35.
DOI: 10.1515/helm-2017-0003
Faltýnková A., Georgieva S., Kostadinova A., Bray R. (2017) Biodiversity and evolution of digeneans of fishes in the Southern Ocean. In: H. Mehlhorn and S. Klimpel (Eds.), Biodiversity and Evolution of Parasitic Life in the Southern Ocean Springer 49-75.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46343-8
Georgieva S., Blasco-Costa M. I., Kostadinova A. (2017) "Molecular characterisation of four echinostomes (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) from birds in New Zealand, with descriptions of Echinostoma novaezealandense n. sp. and Echinoparyphium poulini n. sp." Systematic Parasitology 94 : 477-497.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-017-9712-x
Kudlai O., Kostadinova A., Pulis E., Tkach V. (2017) The Psilostomidae Looss, 1900 (sensu stricto) (Digenea: Echinostomatoidea): description of three new genera and a key to the genera of the family Systematic Parasitology 94 : 21-33.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-016-9681-5
Kudlai O., Oros M., Kostadinova A., Georgieva S. (2017) Exploring the diversity of Diplostomum (Digenea: Diplostomidae) in fishes from the River Danube using mitochondrial DNA barcodes Parasites & Vectors 10 : 592.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-017-2518-5
Palacios-Abella J.F., Georgieva S., Mele S., Raga J., Isbert W., Kostadinova A., Montero F. (2017) Skoulekia erythrini n. sp. (Digenea: Aporocotylidae): a parasite of Pagellus erythrinus (L.) (Perciformes: Sparidae) from the western Mediterranean with an amendment of the generic diagnosis Systematic Parasitology 94 : 669-688.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-017-9733-5
Rima M., Marzoug D., Perez Del Olmo A., Kostadinova A., Bouderbala M., Georgieva S. (2017) New molecular and morphological data for opecoelid digeneans in two Mediterranean sparid fishes with descriptions of Macvicaria gibsoni n. sp. And M. crassigula (Linton, 1910) (sensu stricto) Systematic Parasitology 94 : 739-763.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-017-9736-2
Soldánová M., Georgieva S., Roháčová J., Knudsen R., Kuhn J.A., Henriksen E.H., Siwertsson A., Shaw J.C., Kuris A., Amundsen P.-A., Scholz T., Lafferty K., Kostadinova A. (2017) Molecular analyses reveal high species diversity of trematodes in a sub-Arctic lake International Journal for Parasitology 47 : 327-345.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.12.008
Stoyanov B., Georgieva S., Pankov P., Kudlai O., Kostadinova A., Georgiev B. (2017) Morphology and molecules reveal the alien Posthodiplostomum centrarchi Hoffman, 1958 as the third species of Posthodiplostomum Dubois, 1936 (Digenea: Diplostomidae) in Europe. Systematic Parasitology 94 : 1-20.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-016-9680-6
Faltýnková A., Sures B., Kostadinova A. (2016) Biodiversity of trematodes in their intermediate mollusc and fish hosts in the freshwater ecosystems of Europe Systematic Parasitology 93 : 283-293.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-016-9627-y
Hernandez Orts J., Pinacho-Pinacho C., García-Varela M., Kostadinova A. (2016) Maritrema corai n. sp. (Digenea: Microphallidae) from the white ibis Eudocimus albus (Linnaeus) (Aves: Threskiornithidae) in Mexico Parasitology Research 115 : 547-559.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-015-4771-x
Kudlai O., Pulis E., Kostadinova A., Tkach V. (2016) Neopsilotrema n. g. (Digenea: Psilostomidae) and three new species from ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae) in North America and Europe Systematic Parasitology 93 : 307-309.
DOI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27095661
Pérez-Del-Olmo A., Kostadinova A., Gibson D. (2016) The Mediterranean: high discovery rates for a well-studied trematode fauna Systematic Parasitology 93 : 249-256.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-016-9626-z
Tkach V., Kudlai O., Kostadinova A. (2016) Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the Echinostomatoidea Looss, 1899 (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) International Journal for Parasitology 46 : 171-185.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.11.001
Antar R., Georgieva S., Gargouri L., Kostadinova A. (2015) "Molecular evidence for the existence of species complexes within Macvicaria Gibson & Bray, 1982 (Digenea: Opecoelidae) in the western Mediterranean, with descriptions of two new species" Systematic Parasitology 91 : 211-219.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-015-9577-9
Brabec J., Kostadinova A., Scholz T., Littlewood D. (2015) Complete mitochondrial genomes and nuclear ribosomal RNA operons of two species of Diplostomum (Platyhelminthes: Trematoda): a molecular resource for taxonomy and molecular epidemiology of important fish pathogens Parasites & Vectors 8 : 336.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-015-0949-4
Faltýnková A., Georgieva S., Soldánová M., Kostadinova A. (2015) A re-assessment of species diversity within the 'revolutum' group of Echinostoma Rudolphi, 1809 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) in Europe. Systematic parasitology 90 : 1-25.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-014-9530-3
Kudlai O., Kostadinova A., Pulis E., Tkach V. (2015) A new species of Drepanocephalus Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) from the double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus (Lesson) (Aves: Phalacrocoracidae) in North America Systematic parasitology 90 : 221-230.
DOI: 10.1007/s11230-015-9550-7

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