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Liliya Vitanova

Short CV

1948 born in Sofia, Bulgaria.
1973 graduated medicine from Medical University Sofia
1973 assistant-professor at Dept. Physiology, Medical University Sofia.
1982 PhD, Pavlov’s Institute of Physiology, St. Petersburg, Russian Academy of Sciences.
1993 associate professor at Dept. Physiology, Medical University Sofia
2006 DSc, Medical University Sofia
2008 professor at Dept. Physiology, Medical University Sofia


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Scientifc Interest

  • Synaptic transmission in the retina. Participation of different neurotransmitter systems (glutamate, gamma-aminobutyric acid - GABA, glycine etc.) in the intensity and colour coding and the contrast sensitivity of the retina.
  • Electrical activity of the distal and proximal retina of lower vertebrates.
  • Immunocytochemical study of the neurotransmitters and their receptors in the retina.


  • The Bulgarian Society for Physiological Sciences
  • The Bulgarian Neuroscience Society
Liliya Vitanova
Liliya Vitanova

Research Group

Visual Physiology Group


Medical University

Dept. Physiology
M G. Sofiisky str. 1
BU-1431 Sofia

Phone: + 3592 9172544 and + 3592 9172543
Fax: +3592 9520345



Key Publications

  1. Kupenova P., Popova E., Vitanova L.
    GABAa and GABAc receptor mediated influences on the intensity-response functions of the b- and d-wave in the frog ERG.
    Vision Res. 2008, vol. 48(7), pp. 882-92.
  2. Vitanova L.
    AMPA and Kainate Receptors in Turtle Retina: An Immunocytochemical Study.
    Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, 2007, 27(4): 407 – 421.
  3. Vitanova L.
    Non-NMDA receptors in frog retina: An immunocytochemical study.
    Acta histochemica, 2007, 109(2): 154 -163.
  4. Vitanova L.
    Immunocytochemical study of glycine receptors in the retina of the frog Xenopus laevis.
    Anatomy and Embryology, 2006, 211 (3), pp. 237 -245.
  5. Vitanova L., Haverkamp S, Wässle H (2004)
    Immunocytochemical localization of glycine and glycine receptors in the retina of the frog Rana ridibunda.
    Cell Tissue Res, 2004, 317: 227-235.
  6. Popova E., L. Mitova, L. Vitanova, P. Kupenova
    Participation of GABAergic system in the action of 2-amino-4-phosphonobutyrate on the OFF responses of frog retinal ganglion cells.
    Vision Research, 2003, vol. 43, pp.607 – 616.
  7. Popova E., L. Mitova, L. Vitanova, P. Kupenova
    Effect of GABAergic blockade on light responses of frog retinal ganglion cells.
    Comp. Biochem. and Physiol., 2003, vol. 134C, pp.175-187.
  8. Vitanova L., Kupenova P., Haverkamp S., Popova E., Wassle H.( 2001)
    Immunocytochemical and electrophysiological characterization of GABA receptors in the frog and turtle retina.
    Vision Research, 2001, vol.41, pp.691-704.
  9. Popova E., Mitova L., Vitanova L., Kupenova P.
    Effect of 2-amino-4-phosphonobutyrate on the OFF-responses of frog retinal ganglion cells and local ERG after glycinergic blockade.
    Comp. Biochem. and Physiol., 2000, vol. 126C, pp.139-151.
  10. Vitanova, L., Kupenova, P., Popova, E., & Mitova, L. (1997)
    Influence of picrotoxin and strychnine on the spectral sensitivity of the turtle ERG b- and d-wave: II. Light adaptation.
    Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 1997, 159, 227-235.

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