Dr. Milena Mechkarska

Lecturer in Biochemistry                                  

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M Mechkarska

Contact Information:

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies (UWI)
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Natural Sciences Building, Old Wing, Room 220

Tel: (868) 662-2002 Ext. 83086

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  • PhD in Biochemistry, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS), Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • MSc in Ecology and Environment, Sikkim Manipal University, New Delhi, India
  • MSc in Biotechnology, major: Genetic and Cellular Engineering, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
Research Training:
  • Visiting researcher – Department of Cell Biology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (June 2015)
  • Visiting researcher - Diabetes Research Group, SAAD Centre for Pharmacy and Diabetes School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, N Ireland, UK (October 2014)
  • Postdoctoral fellow - Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine and Health Sciences UAE University, Al Ain, UAE (2013 -2014)
  • Postdoctoral fellow - Virology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India (2000-2003)
  • Trainee in Molecular Virology - Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (3 months, 1999)
  • Trainee in Molecular Virology - Institute of Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria (3 months, 1998)
Teaching/Supervising Role:
  • Lecturer: Virology, Immunology and Biochemistry

    Cellular and Molecular Defence Systems BIOC3062 (UWI, Semester I, Level III)

    Biotechnology and Health BIOT6003 (UWI, Semester I, MSc program in Biotechnology)

    Medical Biochemistry BIOC3262 (UWI, Semester II, Level III)

    Molecular Virology BIOC3500 (UWI, Semester II, Level III)

    Immunotechnology and Molecular therapies and Diagnostics BIOT6004 (UWI, Semester II, MSc program in Biotechnology)

  • Library projects supervisor

    Biochemical Basis of Disease BIOC3364 (UWI, Semester II, Level III)

  • Supervisor and co-supervisor of students: BSc, MSc and PhD level

Research Interests:

  • Innate immunity and infections: role of naturally-occurring peptides
  • Biological activity of novel compounds and development of therapeutic agents
  • Alternative methods for detection of infectious pathogens
  • Interfaces between ecology and virology
  • Amphibians: response to infections and climate change; natural and laboratory-induced hybridization between frog species


  • Special recognition for an oral presentation, STARS Conference Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, Madrid, Spain (2013)
  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID), Al Ain, UAE (2005)
  • ICGEB Fellowship, New Delhi, India (2000 - 2003)
  • UNESCO-MCBN Fellowship, Jerusalem, Israel (3 months, 1999)
  • Fellowship from Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria (3 months, 1998)

Professional Membership:

  • Union of Bulgarian Scientists, Section: “Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology”
  • European Peptide Society
Referee for Journals:
  • Peptides
  • Toxicon
  • Acta Biochimica Slovenica
  • BioMed Research International
  • Journal of Tropical Agriculture
  • Google Scholar                             

Revised: 20 January 2017