Dr Metodi Metodiev

Senior Lecturer
School of Life Sciences
Dr Metodi Metodiev
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    +44 (0) 1206 873154

  • Location

    3SW.4.20, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Friday 14:00-16:00



Employment: Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Oct 2011 - present Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Nov 2004 - Oct 2011 Research Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Sep 1999 - Sep 2004 Education: PhD in Biological Sciences, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria, 1990 - 1994 MSc in Biology, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridsky, Bulgaria, 1984 - 1989 Post-graduate certificate "C programming for Bioinformatics", University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Oct 2003 - Feb 2004 Research: Translational research; enabling personalized cancer therapy by proteogenomics: we combine computational data analysis with proteomics experiments conducted in the lab to identify and validate new diagnostic biomarkers and drug target candidates. Basic research; molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in the context of cancer: Since 2014 we apply the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 technique to edit candidate genes in the genome of human cell lines and study the effects of mutations found in large NGS datasets. One particular focus is the candidate tumour suppressor SCRIB. We have incorporated the CRISPR/Cas9 technique in our final-year and MSc research projects. Research students: Mrs Makarim Al-Zubaidi Ms Nosheen Faiz (co-supervisor with Professor B. Lausen) Former PhD students: Dr Nikos Parisis Dr Fahri Hejazi Dr Esther Adewuyi Dr Samson Adoki


  • PhD in Biological Sciences Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, (1994)

  • MSc in Biology Sofia University St Kliment Ohridsky, (1989)

  • Post-graduate certificate "C programming for Bioinformatics" University of Manchester, (2004)


Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex (1/10/2011 - present)

  • Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex (1/11/2004 - 1/10/2011)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

cell signalling

Open to supervise

biological mass spectrometry

Open to supervise

cancer biology

Key words: breast cancer
Open to supervise

Current research

Proteogenomics of cancer

My research and interests are in the field of cell and molecular biology and genomics/proteomics with special emphasize on cancer. We use quantitative mass spectrometry, molecular genetics, and computational approaches and statistics to study how aberrant protein expression, protein interactions and phosphorylation affect the tumour phenotype. The long term aim is to contribute to the development of novel diagnostics and therapies for cancer.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Molecular Basis of Cancer (BS349)

  • Protein Technologies and Proteomics (BS983)

Previous supervision

Thesis title: Random Projection Optimal Trees Ensemble
Degree subject: Statistics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/7/2021
Makarim Atiyah Kadhim Al-Zubaidi
Makarim Atiyah Kadhim Al-Zubaidi
Thesis title: Mechanism of Metastasis of Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Degree subject: Cell and Molecular Biology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/1/2020
Samson Igobo Adoki
Samson Igobo Adoki
Thesis title: Involvement of Scribble Protein in Breast Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
Degree subject: Cell and Molecular Biology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/9/2016


Publications (1)

Metodiev, M., (2024). MGVB: a new proteomics toolset for fast and efficient data analysis

Journal articles (44)

Tsoneva, E., Dimitrova, P., Metodiev, M., Shivarov, V., Vasileva-Slaveva, M., Yordanov, A. and Kostov, S., (2024). Utility of expression of 4-hydroxynonenal tested by immunohistochemistry for cervical cancer. Menopausal Review. 23 (1), 6-13

Tsoneva, E., Dimitrova, PD., Metodiev, M., Shivarov, V., Vasileva-Slaveva, M. and Yordanov, A., (2023). The effects of ROMO1 on cervical cancer progression. Pathology - Research and Practice. 248, 154561-154561

McKew, BA., Johnson, R., Clothier, L., Skeels, K., Ross, MS., Metodiev, M., Frenzel, M., Gieg, LM., Martin, JW., Hough, MA. and Whitby, C., (2021). Differential protein expression during growth on model and commercial mixtures of naphthenic acids in Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf‐5. MicrobiologyOpen. 10 (4), e1196-

Gregson, BH., Metodieva, G., Metodiev, MV., Golyshin, PN. and McKew, BA., (2020). Protein expression in the obligate hydrocarbon‐degrading psychrophile Oleispira antarctica RB‐8 during alkane degradation and cold tolerance. Environmental Microbiology. 22 (5), 1870-1883

Gregson, BH., Metodieva, G., Metodiev, MV. and McKew, BA., (2019). Differential protein expression during growth on linear versus branched alkanes in the obligate marine hydrocarbon‐degrading bacterium Alcanivorax borkumensis SK2T. Environmental Microbiology. 21 (7), 2347-2359

Waszczak, N., DeFlorio, R., Ismael, A., Cheng, N., Stone, DE. and Metodiev, MV., (2019). Quantitative proteomics reveals a Gα/MAPK signaling hub that controls pheromone-induced cellular polarization in yeast. Journal of Proteomics. 207, 103467-103467

Gregson, BH., Metodieva, G., Metodiev, MV., Golyshin, PN. and McKew, BA., (2018). Differential Protein Expression During Growth on Medium Versus Long-Chain Alkanes in the Obligate Marine Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacterium Thalassolituus oleivorans MIL-1. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9, 3130-

Welbourn, EM., Wilson, MT., Yusof, A., Metodiev, MV. and Cooper, CE., (2017). The mechanism of formation, structure and physiological relevance of covalent hemoglobin attachment to the erythrocyte membrane. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 103, 95-106

Todorova, K., Metodiev, MV., Metodieva, G., Mincheff, M., Fernández, N. and Hayrabedyan, S., (2017). Micro-RNA-204 Participates in TMPRSS2/ERG Regulation and Androgen Receptor Reprogramming in Prostate Cancer. Hormones and Cancer. 8 (1), 28-48

Harrod, A., Fulton, J., Nguyen, VTM., Periyasamy, M., Ramos-Garcia, L., Lai, C-F., Metodieva, G., de Giorgio, A., Williams, RL., Santos, DB., Gomez, PJ., Lin, M-L., Metodiev, MV., Stebbing, J., Castellano, L., Magnani, L., Coombes, RC., Buluwela, L. and Ali, S., (2017). Genomic modelling of the ESR1 Y537S mutation for evaluating function and new therapeutic approaches for metastatic breast cancer. Oncogene. 36 (16), 2286-2296

Mitchell, MC., Metodieva, G., Metodiev, M., Griffiths, H. and Meyer, MT., (2017). Pyrenoid loss impairs carbon-concentrating mechanism induction and alters primary metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Journal of Experimental Botany. 68 (14), 3891-3902

Hayrabedyan, S., Todorova, K., Jabeen, A., Metodieva, G., Toshkov, S., Metodiev, M., Mincheff, M. and Fern�ndez, N., (2016). Sertoli cells have a functional NALP3 inflammasome that can modulate autophagy and cytokine production. Scientific Reports. 6 (18896), 18896-

Metodieva, G., Adoki, S., Lausen, B. and Metodiev, MV., (2016). Decreased Usage of Specific Scrib Exons Defines a More Malignant Phenotype of Breast Cancer With Worsened Survival. EBioMedicine. 8, 150-158

Ismael, A., Tian, W., Waszczak, N., Wang, X., Cao, Y., Suchkov, D., Bar, E., Metodiev, M., Liang, J., Arkowitz, RA. and Stone, DE., (2016). Gβ promotes pheromone receptor polarization and yeast chemotropism by inhibiting receptor phosphorylation. Science Signaling. 9 (423), ra38-

Croner, R., Sevim, M., Metodiev, M., Jo, P., Ghadimi, M., Schellerer, V., Brunner, M., Geppert, C., Rau, T., Stürzl, M., Naschberger, E., Matzel, K., Hohenberger, W., Lottspeich, F. and Kellermann, J., (2016). Identification of Predictive Markers for Response to Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in Rectal Carcinomas by Proteomic Isotope Coded Protein Label (ICPL) Analysis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 17 (2), 209-209

Todorova, K., Metodiev, MV., Metodieva, G., Zasheva, D., Mincheff, M. and Hayrabedyan, S., (2016). miR‐204 is dysregulated in metastatic prostate cancer in vitro. Molecular Carcinogenesis. 55 (2), 131-147

McKew, BA., Metodieva, G., Raines, CA., Metodiev, MV. and Geider, RJ., (2015). Acclimation of Emiliania huxleyi (1516) to nutrient limitation involves precise modification of the proteome to scavenge alternative sources of N and P. Environmental Microbiology. 17 (10), 4050-4062

Mock, T., Daines, SJ., Geider, RJ., Collins, S., Metodiev, M., Millar, AJ., Moulton, V. and Lenton, TM., (2015). Bridging the gap between omics and earth system science to better understand how environmental change impacts marine microbes. Global Change Biology. 22 (1), 61-75

Mahmoud, O., Harrison, A., Perperoglou, A., Gul, A., Khan, Z., Metodiev, MV. and Lausen, B., (2014). A feature selection method for classification within functional genomics experiments based on the proportional overlapping score. BMC Bioinformatics. 15 (1), 274-

Croner, RS., Stürzl, M., Rau, TT., Metodieva, G., Geppert, CI., Naschberger, E., Lausen, B. and Metodiev, MV., (2014). Quantitative proteome profiling of lymph node-positivevs. -negative colorectal carcinomas pinpoints MX1 as a marker for lymph node metastasis. International Journal of Cancer. 135 (12), 2878-2886

Mckew, BA., Lefebvre, SC., Achterberg, EP., Metodieva, G., Raines, CA., Metodiev, MV. and Geider, RJ., (2013). Plasticity in the proteome of Emiliania huxleyi CCMP 1516 to extremes of light is highly targeted. New Phytologist. 200 (1), 61-73

McKew, BA., Davey, P., Finch, SJ., Hopkins, J., Lefebvre, SC., Metodiev, MV., Oxborough, K., Raines, CA., Lawson, T. and Geider, RJ., (2013). The trade‐off between the light‐harvesting and photoprotective functions of fucoxanthin‐chlorophyll proteins dominates light acclimation in Emiliania huxleyi (clone CCMP 1516). New Phytologist. 200 (1), 74-85

DeFlorio, R., Brett, M-E., Waszczak, N., Apollinari, E., Metodiev, MV., Dubrovskyi, O., Eddington, D., Arkowitz, RA. and Stone, DE., (2013). Gβ phosphorylation is critical for efficient chemotropism in yeast. Journal of Cell Science. 126 (14), 2997-3009

Metodieva, G., Nogueira-de-Souza, NC., Greenwood, C., Al-Janabi, K., Leng, L., Bucala, R. and Metodiev, MV., (2013). CD74-dependent Deregulation of the Tumor Suppressor Scribble in Human Epithelial and Breast Cancer Cells. Neoplasia. 15 (6), 660-IN21

Parisis, N., Metodieva, G. and Metodiev, MV., (2013). Pseudopodial and β-arrestin-interacting proteomes from migrating breast cancer cells upon PAR2 activation. Journal of Proteomics. 80, 91-106

DeFlorio, R., Brett, M., Waszczak, N., Apollinari, E., Metodiev, M., Dubrovskyi, O., Eddington, D., Arkowitz, RA. and Stone, DE., (2013). Phosphorylation of G? is crucial for efficient chemotropism in yeast. Journal of Cell Science. 126 (14), 2997-3009

Karakikes, I., Morrison, IEG., O'Toole, P., Metodieva, G., Navarrete, CV., Gomez, J., Miranda‐Sayago, JM., Cherry, RJ., Metodiev, M. and Fernandez, N., (2012). Interaction of HLA‐DR and CD74 at the cell surface of antigen‐presenting cells by single particle image analysis. The FASEB Journal. 26 (12), 4886-4896

Greenwood, C., Metodieva, G., Al-Janabi, K., Lausen, B., Alldridge, L., Leng, L., Bucala, R., Fernandez, N. and Metodiev, MV., (2012). Stat1 and CD74 overexpression is co-dependent and linked to increased invasion and lymph node metastasis in triple-negative breast cancer. Journal of Proteomics. 75 (10), 3031-3040

Howard, TP., Fryer, MJ., Singh, P., Metodiev, M., Lytovchenko, A., Obata, T., Fernie, AR., Kruger, NJ., Quick, WP., Lloyd, JC. and Raines, CA., (2011). Antisense Suppression of the Small Chloroplast Protein CP12 in Tobacco Alters Carbon Partitioning and Severely Restricts Growth  . Plant Physiology. 157 (2), 620-631

Metodiev, MV., (2011). Applications of Nanoscale Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Tandem Mass Spectrometry in Quantitative Studies of Protein Expression, Protein–Protein Interaction, and Protein Phosphorylation. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.). 790, 99-113

Metodieva, G., Greenwood, C., Alldridge, L., Sauven, P. and Metodiev, M., (2009). A peptide‐centric approach to breast cancer biomarker discovery utilizing label‐free multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry. PROTEOMICS – Clinical Applications. 3 (1), 78-82

Zaichick, SV., Metodiev, MV., Nelson, SA., Durbrovskyi, O., Draper, E., Cooper, JA. and Stone, DE., (2009). The Mating-specific Gα Interacts with a Kinesin-14 and Regulates Pheromone-induced Nuclear Migration in Budding Yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 20 (12), 2820-2830

Howard, TP., Metodiev, M., Lloyd, JC. and Raines, CA., (2008). Thioredoxin-mediated reversible dissociation of a stromal multiprotein complex in response to changes in light availability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105 (10), 4056-4061

Krey, G., Frank, P., Shaikly, V., Barrientos, G., Cordo-Russo, R., Ringel, F., Moschansky, P., Chernukhin, IV., Metodiev, M., Fernández, N., Klapp, BF., Arck, PC. and Blois, SM., (2008). In vivo dendritic cell depletion reduces breeding efficiency, affecting implantation and early placental development in mice. Journal of Molecular Medicine. 86 (9), 999-1011

Alldridge, L., Metodieva, G., Greenwood, C., Al-Janabi, K., Thwaites, L., Sauven, P. and Metodiev, M., (2008). Proteome Profiling of Breast Tumors by Gel Electrophoresis and Nanoscale Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Proteome Research. 7 (4), 1458-1469

Metodiev, M. and Alldridge, L., (2008). Phosphoproteomics: A possible route to novel biomarkers of breast cancer. PROTEOMICS – Clinical Applications. 2 (2), 181-194

D'Arcy, V., Abdullaev, ZK., Pore, N., Docquier, F., Torrano, V., Chernukhin, I., Smart, M., Farrar, D., Metodiev, M., Fernandez, N., Richard, C., Delgado, MD., Lobanenkov, V. and Klenova, E., (2006). The Potential of BORIS Detected in the Leukocytes of Breast Cancer Patients as an Early Marker of Tumorigenesis. Clinical Cancer Research. 12 (20), 5978-5986

Matheos, D., Metodiev, M., Muller, E., Stone, D. and Rose, MD., (2004). Pheromone-induced polarization is dependent on the Fus3p MAPK acting through the formin Bni1p. The Journal of Cell Biology. 165 (1), 99-109

Metodiev, MV., Matheos, D., Rose, MD. and Stone, DE., (2002). Regulation of MAPK Function by Direct Interaction with the Mating-Specific Gα in Yeast. Science. 296 (5572), 1483-1486

Metodiev, MV., Kicheva, MI., Stoinova, ZG. and Popova, LP., (2002). Two-Dimensional Electrophoretic Analysis of Salicylic Acid-Induced Changes in Polypeptide Pattern of Barley Leaves. Biologia plantarum. 45 (4), 585-588

Cismowski, MJ., Metodiev, M., Draper, E. and Stone, DE., (2001). Biochemical Analysis of Yeast Gα Mutants That Enhance Adaptation to Pheromone. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 284 (2), 247-254

Metodiev, MV., (1998). Hornet venom induces abundant expression of specific polypeptides in young barley leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany. 49 (318), 27-32

Metodiev, MV., Tsonev, TD. and Popova, LP., (1996). Effect of jasmonic acid on the stomatal and nonstomatal limitation of leaf photosynthesis in barley leaves. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. 15 (2), 75-80

METODIEV, M. and DEMIREVSKA-KEPOVA, K., (1992). Rubisco Quantitation in Leaves of Different Barley Varieties by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Journal of Experimental Botany. 43 (2), 155-158

Conferences (7)

Pavlova, L., Farrar, D., Mani, J., Metodieva, G., Metodiev, M., Murray, P., Sizer, B. and Klenova, E., (2016). Levels of Serpin B1 protein in white blood cells of breast cancer patients increase in metastatic breast cancer

Mahmoud, O., Harrison, A., Gul, A., Khan, Z., Metodiev, MV. and Lausen, B., (2016). Minimizing Redundancy Among Genes Selected Based on the Overlapping Analysis


Ismael, AC., Waszczak, N., Metodiev, M., Tian, W., Cao, Y., Liang, J., Suchkov, D., Bar, E., Arkowitz, R. and Stone, D., (2013). G beta promotes polarization of the pheromone receptor by inhibiting its phosphorylation

Ismael, A., Waszczak, N., Metodiev, M., Tian, W., Cao, Y., Liang, J., Suchkov, D., Arkowitz, R. and Stone, D., (2012). Receptor phosphorylation and polarization are regulated by G beta interaction with Yck1.

Metodiev, MV., (2011). Biomarkers research in Europe: focus on personalized medicine

Metodiev, MV., Timanova, A. and Stone, DE., (2004). Differential phosphoproteome profiling by affinity capture and tandem matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

Grants and funding


Integrating cellular space and time: interplays between subcellular organisation and lifespan

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Integrating cellular space and time: interplays between subcellular organisation and lifespan

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


Identifying the mechanisms and resource use implications of acclimation to high-temperature in marine cyanobacteria

Natural Environment Research Council


Identification of new markers and drug candidates...

National Institute Of Health (Nih)

Structural restoration of Rhodopsin ADRP mutants



Identificaton of a human plasma component....

Breast Cancer Campaign


Resource Utilization by Phytoplankton

Natural Environment Research Council

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