Petar Penev

Graduate Student
Georgia Tech, IBB 1207

M.S. in Bioinformatics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, 2016 B.S. in Molecular Biology, Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria, 2014

Research Interests: 

I am exploring the evolutionary pathways that rProteins took within the ribosome. One of my major aims is to simplify the otherwise extremely complex system of the Ribosome, to a less involved and possibly more ancient state. This will hopefully give insights for a pre-LUCA organization of life. I am interested and work on different ways of visualizing complex multidimensional data with the purpose of explaining the convoluted evolutionary history of the translational machinery.

Selected publications: 

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. 431(10):1940-1955 (2019)

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)

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)