Maja Lazarus

Division of Occupational and Environmental Health

PhD / Scientific Advisor

Identification Number of Scientist: 261963


Place and date of birth

Zagreb, 21 July 1980


  • 2003-2009 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Postgraduate study in natural sciences, Biology-Toxicology, Ph.D. in Biology
  • 1998-2003 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, B.Sc. in Nutritional Technology

Work Experience

  • December 2003-present Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia

Fields of interest

Toxicokinetics and toxicodinamics of toxic elements and their interaction with essential elements; ecotoxicology: biomonitoring of exposure and effects of pollutants in terrestrial wildlife

Scientific /professional projects

  • 2024 – 2027 Associate researcher within the national research project “Interactions between human and environmental health: determinants for health preservation – HumEnHealth” (European Union – Next Generation EU, Program Contract, Class: 643-02/23-01/00016, Reg. no. 533-03-23-0006, Principal investigator: Jelena Macan)
  • 2022 – 2024 Associate within the educational project “Meet the Toxicity – Live Safely” (MeeTox) Erasmus+ KA2 small partnership project in the area of adult education (European Commission and Tempus Foundation, Principal investigator: Danijela Đukić-Ćosić, Srbija)
  • 2021 – 2025 Associate researcher within the national research project „Indirect effect of global warming on mammals physiological parameters via high temperature-stressed plant diet – TEMPHYS” (Croatian Science Foundation no. IP-2020-02-7585, Principal investigator: Ass. Prof. Ivana Šola, PhD)
  • 2017 – 2022 Associate researcher within the national research project “Assessment of Daily Exposure to Metals and Maternal Individual Susceptibility as Factors of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease – METALORIGINS” (Croatian Science Foundation no. 1998, Principal investigator: Martina Piasek, MD, PhD)
  • 2007-2013 Associate researcher within the national research project “Exposure to Metals and their Effects in Pregnancy and Postnatal Period” (Ministry of Science, Education and Sports no. 022-0222148-2135, Principal investigator: Martina Piasek, MD, PhD)
  • 2011-2012 Associate researcher within the national professional project “Monitoring of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment of Plitvice Lakes National Park” (NP Plitvička jezera, Principal investigator: Snježana Herceg Romanić, PhD)
  • 2003- 2006 Associate researcher within the national research project “Exposure, Intake and Effects of Toxic and Essential Elements” (Ministry of Science and Technology/Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports no. 0022012, Principal investigator: Maja Blanuša, PhD; Martina Piasek, MD, PhD)

Additional training

  • 18 September 2022, Continuing Education Course „Thresholds of toxicological concern – recent developments“, IUTOX and EUROTOX, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 23–27 August 2021, 9th BfR-Summer Academy (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany), online
  • 11–17 November 2018, Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland (study visit)
  • 4–8 April 2016, Principles of Toxicology (EUROTOX in colaboration with the Croatian Toxicological Society), Zagreb, Hrvatska
  • 17-27 November 2015, LabAnim 3 course (Laboratory Animal Science Course, FELASA category C equivalent), Zagreb, Croatia
  • 14-18 April 2014, Expert Mission on authorisation of biocidal products (ETT IND/EXP 55794, TAIEX), Zagreb, Croatia
  • 17-21 March 2014, Challenges in Health Risk Assessment (Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 10-16 September 2004, Basic Toxicology Course (EUROTOX in colaboration with the Croatian Toxicological Society), Plitvice Lake, Croatia


  • Croatian Society of Toxicologists (HTD)
  • Croatian Laboratory Animal Science Association (CroLASA; Secretary since 2018)
  • Professional group for chemical hazards in food and feed at the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (HAPIH)


Organisation of a scientific meeting: Organization Bord Member: 2015. XI. ISTERH, Croatia; 2016. V. CROTOX, Croatia; 2018. III. symposium CroLASA, Croatia; 2020. VI. CROTOX, Croatia; 2020. IV. symposium CroLASA, Croatia

Invited lecture: 1st ToxLearn4EU Summer School, Zagreb, 2023

Awards: best poster at the 13th International Congress of the Serbian Society of Toxicology and 1st TOXSEE Regional Conference, 2023

Guest Editor Special Issue on Biomonitoring of Elements in Wildlife Animals, Toxics (Vol 11(1), 2023; ISSN 2305-6304).

Peer review: rewiever of 39 scientific paper in 13 WoSCC-indexed journals

Papers: 31 original scientific papers in journals (WoS) and 35 congress proceedings (Abstract book)

Citations: 375 in WoS, h-index 12