2003 PhD degree in Natural Science (field of Biology), Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. PhD thesis: ”Regulation of the expression of aminopeptidase N (EC 220.127.116.11; APN, CD13) in the HL-60 cell line”, supervised by dr. Jelka Gabrilovac, PhD
1997 M.Sc. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Master thesis: ”Effect of oligopeptide fragments of the enkephalin molecule and inhibitors of their degradation on bone marrow cells”, supervised by prof. Milivoj Boranic, MD, PhD
1995 – 1997 Postgraduate Study of Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia 1993 BSc degree in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Graduation thesis: ”Ovisnost učinka Met-enkefalina o dnevnom ritmu diobene aktivnosti stanica mišje koštane srži”, supervised by prof. Milivoj Boranic, MD, PhD
1988 – 1993 Graduate Study of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
1983 – 1987 High school ‘’Mirko Lenac’’, Rijeka, Croatia
June 2005 – present: Molecular Toxicology Unit, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia
June 1994 – May 2005: Laboratory for Experimental Hematology, Immunology and Oncology, Department of Molecular Medicine, Ruđer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Fields of interest
Experimental physiology and toxicology: cell localization and mRNA/protein expression of membrane transporters for organic anions, organic cations, water and glucose in various organs/tissues of human and experimental animals (rats and mouse).
Professional skills: Molecular biology techniques (RNA extraction, reverse transcription, end-point PCR, quantitative PCR, electrophoresis of nucleic acids, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting), isolation of plasma membranes and tissue homogenates (differential centrifugation and ultracentrifugation), animal cell culture techniques (cultivation of cell lines in vitro, clonal culture of mouse bone marrow cells in vitro), microscopic techniques (light and fluorescence microscopy), immunocytochemistry, experimental work with small laboratory animals (mice and rats), design of experiments, analysis of data, evaluation of results, supervising of PhD students and writing of scientific articles.
2002 – 2005 Associate investigator on the scientific project ”Regulation of Ectopeptidases and Opioid Receptors Expression”, No 0098094, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Croatia; principal investigator: dr. Jelka Gabrilovac, Ph.D.
1994 – 2002 Associate investigator on the scientific project ”Opioid peptides and hematopoiesis”, Project No 00981106, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Croatia, principal investigator: prof. Milivoj Boranic, M.D., Ph.D.