Dr. Novica V. Mladenov (1954, Zaječar), Principal Research Fellow in Plant Breeding. Started work at the Institute in 1994 as Research Trainee. He received his MSc in 1992 and his PhD in 1996, and was appointed Research Associate in 1997, Senior Research Associate in 1999 and Principal Research Fellow in 2002. Authored 23 winter wheat cultivars and co-authored 14, 5 cultivars before arriving at the Institute. Six cultivars were released abroad. Authored or co-authored 288 research papers (author in 78).