Vanya Kurteva, Prof. Dr. Organic Chemistry, has her expertise in organic synthesis and catalysis. Her team is developed efficient protocols for construction of 2,3-disubstituted imidazo[1,2-a]-pyridines, pirlindole derivatives, N,O-macrocycles, azo-naphthol dyes, etc., as well as various polydentate ligands as synergists and extractants for isolation and separation of metal ions. She spent a research period in the laboratory of Prof. Carlos Afonso (Lisbon, Portugal) working on the synthesis of cyclopentitols, microwave assisted transformations, and reactions in chiral ionic liquids. Her current research interests are focused mainly on the synthesis of heterocycles with potential interest as chemotherapeutics and ligands for coordination applications. She is a professor and vice-director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.