Irina Stoyanova graduated in General Medicine at the Medical Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria and specialized at human anatomy and histology. In 1983 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor and later on, in 2004, as an Associate Professor at the Department of Anatomy, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She obtained her PhD in neuroscience in 2002.
In 2002-2003 she was a research associate in Neurobiology of Nutrition Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA.
In 2008-2015 she worked as a postdoc at the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. In 2011 she was also appointed as an Associate Professor in Human Anatomy and Physiology at the University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, the Netherlands. Since 2015 she is an Associate Professor at the department of Anatomy and cell biology, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria.
The research interests of Dr. Stoyanova are in the Neurosciences – different aspects of the structural and functional neuromorphology and their clinical implications. She has published widely on these fields. For her achievements she was awarded twice (at International Falk Foundation Symposium of Gastroenterology in Bucharest, Romania, 2000, and at 7th International Symposium on Cytokines and Chemokines (satellite of the 13th World Congress of Gastroenterology), Montreal, Canada, 2005).
She is a member of the editorial boards of some international journals - International Journal of Biomedical Sciences (since 2005), Adipobiology (since 2009), Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (Since 2021) and Guest Associate editor for Frontiers of Cell and Developmental Biology (2020-2021). She is also a reviewer for other scientific journals.
Title : Can we stimulate neuroplasticity with the cell signaling molecule ghrelin?