Mihail Iordanov, Ph.D. | University of Portland

Mihail Iordanov, Ph.D.

Visiting Instructor, Biology

Mihail Iordanov

Mihail Iordanov studied biology and received a master’s degree in biochemistry and microbiology in his native Bulgaria and went on to complete his doctorate in cell and molecular biology in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Bruce Magun at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Mihail became a primary investigator with OHSU’s departments of Cell & Developmental Biology and Dermatology and led a research team and laboratory funded by the National Institutes of Health. Mihail’s main research interests lie in the cellular responses to physical and chemical stressors. Together with Dr. Magun, Mihail co-discovered the Ribotoxic Stress Response which continues to be investigated by scientists all over the world. In the early 2010s, Mihail transitioned to undergraduate education and taught genetics, microbiology, general and molecular biology, and evolution at Concordia University – Portland. Most of his former students at Concordia are practicing nurses now and some are medical doctors, dentists, scientists, and other professionals. In addition to spending time with his family, Mihail enjoys classical literature and philosophy, especially at the intersection of science and religion, as well as Eastern traditions such as Taoism and Buddhism. He is a vegetarian, a passionate animal lover, and an advocate for animal welfare.