Antonio Zandona

Biochemistry and Organic Analytical Chemistry Unit

mag. ing. biotechn. / Research Assistant

Place and date of birth

Pula, 9 February 1992


  • 2017 – Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, study: Chemistry – biochemistry, (Mentorica: M. Katalinić)
  • 2014 – 2016 Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, study: Molecular biotechnology, thesis: Overexpresion of selected genes and resistance of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae on growth inhibitors (Mentor: I.K.Svetec)
  • 2010 – 2014 Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, study: Biotechnology, final work: Application of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents to lipase-catalyzed butil acetate synthesis (Mentor: I.R.Redovniković)

Work Experience

  • 2016 – Research Assistant, PhD student, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational HeaIth (IMROH), Zagreb, Croatia

Fields of interest

Influence of oxime reactivators and potential drugs on cell level, mechanisms of toxicity on cell level and activation and/or inhibition of signaling pathways

Additional training

  • 2019 – „Training on flow cytometry“, 28th May – 14th June 2019, Institute for pathophysiology and Institute for anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2019 – „Training on primary cell cultures, cell lines and protein detection“, 26th January – 8th  February 2019, Laboratory for molecular neurobiology, Institute for pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Courses and workshops

  • 2019 – “Better skills for better jobs: Education and training for successful research careers” FEBS Workshop 25th and 28th September 2019, Lovran, Croatia
  • 2019 – “Skeletal muscle research – from cell to human 2019“, 26th-28th May 2019, Workshop, Institute for pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2018 – “Innovative methods and use of technologies in education”, 4th-5th April 2018, FEBS Workshop, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2017 – “Skeletal muscle research – from cell to human“, 28th-30th May 2017, Workshop, Institute for pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • 2019 – Poster award at HDBMB2019 Congress, Lovran, Croatia
  • 2019 – 2nd best Communication Challenge presentation at FEBS Network, 19th YSF 2019, Krakow, Poland
  • 2019 – Grant to attend the FEBS 19th YSF 2019 and 44th FEBS Congress 2019, Krakow, Poland
  • 2018 – Travel Fellowship for the 13th International Meeting on Cholinesterases and 7th International Conference on Paraoxonases, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
  • 2016 – Rector’s award – „Influence of a transformation method on a spectum of the recombination events in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae“ (research area: biotechnical – genetics)

Select Publications

  1. Zorbaz, Tamara; Malinak, David; Maraković, Nikola; Maček Hrvat, Nikolina; Zandona, Antonio; Novotny, Michal; Skarka, Adam; Andrys, Rudolf; Benkova, Marketa; Soukup, Ondrej; Katalinić, Maja ; Kuca, Kamil ; Kovarik, Zrinka ; Musilek, Kamil (2018) Pyridinium oximes with ortho-positioned chlorine moiety exhibit improved physico- chemical properties and efficient reactivation of human acetylcholinesterase inhibited by several nerve agents. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 61:10753-10766.
  2. Štafa, Anamarija; Svetec Miklenić, Marina; Zandona, Antonio; Žunar, Bojan; Čadež, Neža; Petković, Hrvoje; Svetec, Ivan Krešimir (2017) In Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene targeting fidelity depends on a transformation method and proportion of the overall length of the transforming and targeted DNA. Fems yeast research, 17 (4):fox041.
  3. Katalinić, Maja; Zandona, Antonio; Ramić, Alma; Zorbaz, Tamara; Primožič, Ines; Kovarik, Zrinka (2017) New cinchona oximes evaluated as reactivators of acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase inhibited by organophosphorus compounds. Molecules, 22:1234-47.


  • 2017 – Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB