Maja Katalinić

Division of Toxicology

PhD; BSc in biochem. eng. / Senior Scientific Associate

Place and date of birth

Zagreb, 31 October 1979


  • 1998-2004 Faculty of Food and Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. Diploma inBiotechnology-Biochemical Engineering. “Influence of flavonoids on Lck and Fyn tyrosine kinases using ELISA method with comparison of different substrates: Poly Glu:Tyr (4:1) and M3-01 peptide” [B.Sc. Thesis]. Supervisors: Donatella Verbanac, Dubravko Jelić and Vladimir Mrša.
  • 2006-2011 Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. “Efficiency of bispyridinium oximes in reactivation of tabun inhibited cholinesterases” [Doctoral thesis]. Supervisor: Z. Kovarik.

Work Experience

  • Since 2005 Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia.

Fields of interest

interaction of cholinesterases with reversible and progressive inhibitors, antidotes for treatment of organophosphorus compounds, influence of OP/oximes on the cell level

Additional training

  • December 2006 “Ninth International Summer School on Biophysics: Supramolecular structure and Function” Rovinj, Croatia.
  • November 2009 “New strategies for cloning and expression of protein complexes in E. coli and insect cells” Rehovot, Izrael
  • December 2010 “Education in biochemistry and molecular biology” Opatija, Croatia.
  • 2011-2012 postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology, Medical Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia (EMBO fellowship, fellowship of the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund)

Select Publications

  1. Katalinić, Maja; Maček Hrvat, Nikolina; Baumann, Krešimir; Morasi Piperčić, Sara; Makarić, Sandro; Tomić, Srđanka; Jović, Ozren; Hrenar, Tomica; Miličević, Ante; Jelić, Dubravko; Žunec, Suzana; Primožič, Ines; Kovarik, Zrinka (2016) A comprehensive evaluation of novel oximes in creation of butyrylcholinesterase-based nerve agent bioscavengers. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 310, 195-204.
  2. Marš, Tomaž; Miš, Katarina; Pirkmajer, Sergej; Katalinić, Maja; Grubič, Zoran. The Effects of Organophosphates in the Early Stages of Human Muscle Regeneration. U: Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, Second Edition; Gupta, Ramesh C. (ur.), London, Elsevier, 2014. Str. 751-760.
  3. Katalinić, Maja; Miš, Katarina; Pirkmajer, Sergej; Grubič, Zoran; Kovarik, Zrinka; Marš, Tomaž (2013) The cholinergic and non-cholinergic effects of organophosphates and oximes in cultured human myoblasts. Chemico-Biological Interactions 203, 144-148.
  4. Katalinić, Maja; Rusak, Gordana; Domaćinović Barović, Jelena; Šinko, Goran; Jelić, Dubravko; Antolović, Roberto; Kovarik, Zrinka (2010) Structural aspects of flavonoids as inhibitors of human butyrylcholinesterase. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 45 (1), 186-192.
  5. Čalić, Maja; Lucić Vrdoljak, Ana; Radić, Božica; Jelić, Dubravko; Jun, Daniel; Kuča, Kamil; Kovarik, Zrinka (2006) In vitro and in vivo evaluation of pyridinium oximes: mode of interaction with acetylcholinesterase, effect on tabun- and soman-poisoned mice and their cytotoxicity. Toxicology 219, 85-96.


Member of the Executive Committee of the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2013-2017)
Member of the Science and Society Committee of the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Member of the Croatian Chemical Society
Member of the Croatian Toxicological Society

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