Marija Ljubojević

Division of Toxicology

PhD (molecular biology) / Senior Scientific Associate

Place and date of birth

Kutina, 18 March 1975


  • 07/2007 Ph.D. Degree, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (Biology) Thesis: “Organic anion transporters OAT1 and OAT3 in rat kidney: distribution, gender differences and effects of toxic metals”
  • 06/2003 M. Sc. Degree, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (Molecular and Cellular Biology) Thesis: “Causes of polyuria in cisplatin nephrotoxicity in rat”
  • 06/1999 B.Sc. Degree, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (Molecular Biology)
  • 1993 – Graduate Study of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Work Experience

  • 01 Sep 1999 – present Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health (IMI), Unit of Molecular Toxicology, at present as a senior scientific associate

Fields of interest

  • Molecular physiology (gender differences) and pathophysiology (heavy metal toxicology) of kidney, liver, male reproductive tract and GI at the level of the protein and mRNA expression of various cytosol proteins and membrane transporters of organic compounds. Immunocytochemistry, immunoblotting and PCR technique

Additional training

  • 04/2008 – 04/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in membrane biology, PMB Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) /Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2006 9th International Summer School on Biophysics Supramolecular Structure and Function Institute “Rudjer Boskovic” Rovinj, Croatia
  • 2004 Practical Course “Molecular medicine 1”, Institute “Rudjer Boskovic”, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2004 Bioinformatics : Molecular Biology Databases, Web Resources, Sequence Analysis, Multiple Alignments, Molecular Phylogeny, EMBOSS Bioinformatics Package; Department of Molecular Biology,Division of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2003 Project : Cloning, Characterization and Immunolocalistion of rbNaDC3, Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Georg-August University of Goettingen, Göttingen, Germany


  • 2004 Annual award of society to young scientist and artists, Society of the University Teachers and other scientist in Zagreb

Select Publications

  1. Expression of basolateral organic anion and cation transporters in experimental cadmium nephrotoxicity in rat kidney. Ljubojević M, Breljak D, Herak-Kramberger CM, Anzai N, Sabolić I. Arch Toxicol. 2016 Mar;90(3):525-41. doi: 10.1007/s00204-015-1450-8.
  2. Renal expression of organic anion transporter OAT2 in rats and mice is regulated by sex hormones. Ljubojević M, Balen D, Breljak D, Kusan M, Anzai N, Bahn A, Burckhardt G, Sabolić I. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2007 Jan;292(1):F361-72.
  3. Rat renal cortical OAT1 and OAT3 exhibit gender differences determined by both androgen stimulation and estrogen inhibition. Ljubojevic M, Herak-Kramberger CM, Hagos Y, Bahn A, Endou H, Burckhardt G, Sabolic I. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2004 Jul;287(1):F124-38.


  • The Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB)

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