Petar Penev

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Building methods, not data


I am a Fulbright student coming from Bulgaria, currently studying for a PhD degree in Bioinformatics at Georgia Tech. Received my bachelor's degree from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" in molecular biology and my masters from GaTech. I have spent one year in the Netherlands following a masters degree in Molecular Life Sciences, however after receiving the opportunity to study in the US I putted the Dutch experience on hold.
I got interested in bioinformatics because I noticed a certain cycle of information between the wet lab and the dry lab, proving that it is important to know equally well both fields.


3. Mestre-Fos S., Penev P.I., Suttapitugsakul S., Hu M., Ito C., Petrov A.S., Wartell R.M., Wu R., Williams L.D. "G-Quadruplexes in Human Ribosomal RNA", J. Mol. Biol. (2019)

2. Kovacs, N.A., Penev, P.I., Venapally, A., Petrov, A.S., and Williams, L.D. "Circular Permutation Obscures Universality of a Ribosomal Protein", J. Mol. Evol. 581-592 (2018)

1. Bernier, C.R., Petrov, A.S., Kovacs, N.A., Penev, P.I., and Williams, L.D. "Translation: The Universal Structural Core of Life", Mol. Biol. Evol. 35, 2065–2076 (2018)


Currently I am working in professor Williams' lab on a project about the evolution of the ribosome. I am exploring the evolutionary pathways that rProteins took within the ribosome. We aim to simplify the otherwise extremely complex system of the Ribosome, to a less involved and possibly more ancient state. This will hopefully give us insights for the pre-LUCA organization of life.
During my masters I worked in professor Gaucher's lab on an experimental phylogenetics project. I compared the viability of different predictive phylogenetic methods in the structural background of proteins.
In the Netherlands I worked in professor Dolf Weijers' Plant Development biochemistry laboratory. We worked on new possible interactors of the Auxin Response Factor in Arabidopsis Thaliana.

Where you can find me:

315 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332