Dr. Kiril Tishinov

Former PhD student


  • 2015 - present: Postdoctoral studies in mRNA transport and turnover, Biocenter, Univeristy of Basel
  • 2011 - 2014: PhD Degree (summa cum laude) in Chemistry in our group, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel. Title: «New catalytic strategies for DNA and RNA alkylation using rhodium(II) and copper(I) carbenes – a versatile tool for applications in chemical biology»
  • 2008 - 2010: Research Associate at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Sofia
  • 2004 - 2008: Biologist at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Sofia
  • 2008: MSc in Biotechnologies, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia
  • 2008: MSc in Biophysical Chemistry in Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Chemistry, Sofia University
  • 2004: BSc in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University
  • 2000: Second English Language High-school in Sofia with a profile in English and Humanitarian Studies



  • Kiril Tishinov and Dennis G. Gillingham, «Synthesis of New Alkylated Mononucleotide Analogues and Their Repair Proficiency by the Prokaryotic DNA Repair Protein AlkB», Synlett 2015, 26, 19, 2720─2723. doi:10.1055/s-0035-1560491.


  • Pascal Schmidt, Linna Zhou, Kiril Tishinov, Kasper Zimmermann and Dennis G. Gillingham, «Dialdehydes Lead to Exceptionally Fast Bioconjugations at Neutral pH by Virtue of a Cyclic Intermediate», Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 41, 10928─10931. doi:10.1002/anie.201406132.


  • Dennis G. Gillingham and Kiril Tishinov, «Synthesis of Nucleic Acid Polymers with Non-Canonical Nucleobases», Synlett 2013, 24, 8, 893─897. doi:10.1055/s-0032-1318493.

  • Kiril Tishinov, Na Fei and Dennis G. Gillingham, «Cu(I)-catalysed N-H insertion in water: a new tool for chemical biology», Chemical Science 2013, 4, 12, 4401─4406. doi:10.1039/C3SC51363G.


  • Kiril Tishinov, Kristina Schmidt, Daniel Häusinger and Dennis G. Gillingham, «Structure-Selective Catalytic Alkylation of DNA and RNA», Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012, 51, 12000─12004. doi:10.1002/anie.201205201.


  • Kiril Tishinov, Stanislav Bayryamov, Peter Nedkov, Nikolina Stambolieva and Boris Galunsky, «A highly enantioselective aminopeptidase from sunflower seed—Kinetic studies, substrate mapping and application to biocatalytic transformations», Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 2009, 59, 106─110. doi:doi:10.1016/j.molcatb.2009.01.007.

  • Kiril Tishinov, Nikolina Stambolieva, Svetla Petrova, Boris Galunsky and Peter Nedkov, «Purification and characterization of the sunflower seed (Helianthus annuus L.) major aminopeptidase», Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 2009, 31, 1, 199─205. doi:10.1007/s11738-008-0220-0.