Alica Pizent

Division of Occupational and Environmental Health

PhD / Scientific Advisor

(née Bareša)

Place and date of birth

Zagreb, Croatia


  • 2000 Ph.D. in biomedicine and health sciences at Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia Thesis: Toxicokinetic interactions of lead, cadmium, calcium, copper, and zinc in humans (Supervisor: S. Telišman)
  • 1993 M.Sc. in natural sciences at Postgraduate study in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry), University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1989 B.Sc. in chemistry at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Work Experience

  • 1989 – ongoing
    Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb (Analytical Toxicology and Mineral Metabolism Unit)

Fields of interest

  • Human biological monitoring of occupational and environmental exposure to metals, their interactions and health effects (male reproductive function, atopy and ventilatory lung function, oxidative stress, metabolic syndrome, prostate and testicular cancer)
  • Influence of age, sex, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, and stress on metal exposure and toxicity
  • Evaluation of the antioxidant capacity of the organism due to exposure to pesticides
  • Metabolomics: development, identification and application for new biological markers of various health disorders

Additional training

  • 2016 “Basics of Proteomics”, seminar and workshop, Biocentre Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2016 “Mass spectrometry in modern laboratories” QQQ – What, how, why?”, seminar and workshop, AlphaChrom and Biocentre, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1999 Department of International Affairs and Environmental Sciences of the National Institute for Minamata Disease, Minamata, Japan
  • 1998 Department of Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Global Environment Centre Foundation; scholarship from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Osaka, Japan
  • 1996 EUROTOX, “Modern Trends and Principles of Chemical Safety”, Szeged, Hungary
  • 1995 EUROTOX, “Principles of Risk Assessment from Chemical Exposure”, Łódź, Poland
  • 1994 Risk Assessment (The Fifth Risk Assessment Summer School), Manor of Groves, U.K.


  • 2007 Annual award of the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health for the publication with the highest number of citations
  • 2005 Award for the best graduate thesis in area of water management given by “Hrvatske vode”: “Determination of copper in drinking water by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry”. S. Butković, graduation thesis, 2005, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb; supervisor: A. Pizent

List of publications