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Ivana Nikolić

PhD student

Laboratory for plant molecular biology (LPMB)
Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE), University of Belgrade (UB)

V. Stepe 444a, P.Fah 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile: +381 65 397 64 14
Phone: +381 11 397 64 14
Fax: +381 11 397 64 14


2016 - Ph.D. student, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade
2016 - M.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade
2015 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade


2015 - Professional practice, LPMB, IMGGE
2014-2015 - Professional practise, Department of genetics of populations and ecogenotoxicology, Institute for Biological Research “SinišaStanković”


Testing DSS1’s role involved in plant response mechanisms to oxidative stress.
Identification of two forms of the protein DSS1 (I and V) under oxidative stress, and analyze expression profiling of DSS1 genes in different stages of growth on Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system.

Jelena Petković

Research Trainee 

Laboratory for plant molecular biology (LPMB)
Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE), University of Belgrade (UB) 

V. Stepe 444a, P.Fah 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile:          +381 65 397 64 14
Phone:           +381 11 397 64 14
Fax:               +381 11 397 64 14


2015 - Ph.D. student, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade
2014 - M.Sc. in Biology (modul Immunobiology), FB, University of Belgrade
2013 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade 


2017 - Research Trainee, Laboratory for plant molecular biology, IMGGE
2016 - Experienced Technician, LPMB, IMGGE
2014 - Professional practice, LPMB, IMGGE
2013 - Professional practice, Institute for Medical Research, Military Medical Academy 


Molecular - biological analysis of macromolecules homeostasis and recombinational repair system after DNA damage caused by oxidative insults, identifying new factors cooperating with Dss1 in cellular response to oxidative stress using Ustilago maydis as a model sistem.

Jelena M. Aleksić

Senior Research Fellow
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE)

V. Stepe 444a, 11010 Beograd, Srbija
Mob: +381 64 2301599
Tel:   +381 11 3976414
Fax:  +381 11 3976414


2011 - 2012 - Post-doctoral studies in evolutionary biology, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, Germany
2008 - PhD in Population Genetics and Conservation Biology, Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
1999 – B.Sc. in Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade (UB), Belgrade, Serbia

Research experience

2015 – Senior Research Fellow, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2009 – Research Associate, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2004 – 2005 – Research Fellow, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad (UNS), Novi Sad, Serbia
2002 – 2005 – Teaching Fellow, Chair for Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, Novi Sad, Serbia
2000 – Volunteer, Chair for Plant Physiology, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia

Working experience

2012 – supervisor and/or examiner for several PhD thesis in fields od Population Genetics, Phylogeography and Phylogeny
2012 – 2013 – The Principal Coordinator of the international project of bilateral collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of France (FABAGRALE) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), project number 680-00-132/2012-09/15
2011 – Lecturer at the PhD programme at the Department of Plant Morphology and Systematics, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden „Jevremovac”, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2011 – Coordinator of the national sub-project 173030-5 of the Department of Ecology and Geography of Plants, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden „Jevremovac”, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2011 – Participant of the national project 173005, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia, funded by the MESTD
2010 – Visiting Scientists at the LMU, Munich, Germany

Other activities

2015 - A grant of the French Government for the visit to the Natural History Museum, Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity, Paris, France
2015 - Short-Term-Scientific-Mission (STSM) of the COST Action FP1202 for the visit to the IBBR (Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research), Florence, Italy
2013 - Short-Term-Scientific-Mission (STSM) of the COST Action FP1202 for the visit to the IBBR (Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research), Florence, Italy
2009 - Summer School Ecological Genomics, Bertinoro, Italy
2007 - Analysis of Molecular variability Workshop, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 - 2007 - OEAD fellowship (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research,
2005 - 2007 - Bioversity International fellowship (
2005 - IPGRI Workshop on Forest Bidiversity, Pushkino, Russia
2000 - 2005 – Scholarship of the Serbian Ministry of Science and Education

Research interests

I started my scientific career in the field of classical plant physiology and continued in the fields of conservation biology and population genetics (working on intra-specific genetic processes), phylogeny (analysing supra-specific genetic patterns) and phylogeography which is linking these fields. This is because I realized that only by combining methodologies and approaches of these different scientific fields and employing a multidisciplinary approach, I was able to better understand evolutionary relations among plant species as well as genetic and other processes that have led to the current levels of plant biodiversity, and genetic structuring and distribution of plant populations. I work predominantly with natural populations and species from the Balkans, which is a genetically understudied centre of diversity and endemism, and I apply my knowledge to domesticated plants and other systems (human and animal) as well.

Selected publications

Duc G, Aleksić JM, Marget P, Mikic A, Paull J, ReddenRJ, Sass O, Stoddard FL, Vandenberg A, Vishniakova M, Torres AM (2015): Faba bean. In: De Ron A.M. (ed.):Grain Legumes, Handbook of Plant Breeding Series. SpringerScience+Business Media, New York. pp. 141-178.

Bjedov I, Obratov-Petković D, Mišić D, Šiler B, Aleksić JM (2015) Genetic patterns in range-edge populations of Vaccinium species from the central Balkans: implications on conservation prospects and sustainable usage.Silva Fennica49 (4): 1-23.

Stojanović D, Aleksić MJ, Jančić I, Jančić R (2015) A Mediterranean herb in the continental Balkans: A plastid DNA-based phylogeographic survey of Salvia officinalis and its conservation implications. Willdenowia 45 (1): 103-118.

Šarac, Z, Dodoš T, Rajčević N, Bojović S, Marin P, Aleksić J (2015) Genetic patterns in Pinus nigra from the central Balkans inferred from plastid and mitochondrial data. Silva Fennica49 (5): 1-12.

Davidović S, Malyarchuk B, Aleksić MJ, Derenko M, Topalović V, Litvinov A, Stevanović M, Kovačević-Grujičić N (2015) Mitochondrial DNA perspective of Serbian genetic diversity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156: 449-465.

Aleksić MJ, Banović B, Miljuš-Đukić J, Jovanović Ž, Mikić A, Ćupina B, Zlatković B, Anđelković S, Spanu I, Maksimović V (2015) A rapid and cost-effective procedure for delineation and utilization of genomic microsatellites for paralleled genotyping in Vicia faba. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 51 (1): 36–39.

Aleksić MJ, Geburek T (2014) Quaternary population dynamics of an endemic conifer, Picea omorika, and their conservation implications. Conservation Genetics 15: 87-107. []

Škondrić S, Aleksić MJ, Lakušić D (2014) Campanula cichoracea (Campanulaceae), a neglected species from the Balkan-Carpathian C. lingulata complex as inferred from molecular and morphological characters. Willdenowia 44: 77-96. []

Lockwood JD, Aleksić MJ, Zou J, Wang J, Liu J, Renner SS (2013) A new phylogeny for the genus Picea from plastid, mitochondrial and nuclear sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 717-727. []

Aleksić MJ, Geburek T (2010) Mitochondrial DNA reveals complex genetic structuring in a stenoendemic conifer Picea omorika [(Panč.) Purk.] caused by its long persistence within the refugial Balkan region. Plant Systematics and Evolution 285 (1-2): 1-11. []

Aleksić MJ, Schueler S, Mengl M, Geburek T (2009) EST-SSRs developed for other Picea species amplify in Picea omorika and reveal high genetic variation in two natural populations. Belgian Journal of Botany 142 (1): 89-95. []

Vesna Maksimović

Principal Research Fellow
Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE)

University of Belgrade

V. Stepe 444a, P.Fah 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile:   +381 64 8044082
Phone:   +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:      +381 11 397 58 08


1997 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (Biosynthesis of buckwheat storage proteins)

1982 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB

1979 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade


2005 - Principal Research Fellow Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology , IMGGE

2000 - senior research associate, IMGGE

1998 - research associate , IMGGE

1986 - research assistant, IMGGE

1985 - research fellow at the Dept. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Harvard Univ. Cambridge, USA

1982-1984 - assistant at the Laboratory for Genetic Engineering, Institute “Galenika”,Belgrade

1980-1982 - teaching assistant, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade


2002-2011 - Head of Laboratory LPMB, IMGGE

2008 -2011 - Lecturer on Faculty of Biology, Molecular biology

2003-2011 - Representative of Republic of Serbia at EPSO ( )

2001-2012 - Member of Expert Council for Biological Safety, Ministry of Agriculture RS

2008-2012 - Member of Professional Board of Natural Sciences , BU

2006- 2010 - President of the Scientific Council of IMGGE


Analysis of gene expression regulation of buckwheat seed storage proteins ( seed specific and developmentally controlled), as well as metallothionein and aspartic proteinase, proteins of undefined functions that are possibly involved in protein degradation and processing and/or are part of the stress response.

Transcription factors (TF) that could play a important role in the stress response covering expression control of several genes belonging to DREB family from chosen crop species (Pisum sativum, Phaseolus vulgaris and Lolium perenne). Besides, special interest was concentrated on small RNA as crucial factor in stress response regulation.

In addition, we have been focused on molecular analysis of self-incompatibility (SI), which includes analysis of genetic diversity of wild populations of Prunus species (gametophyte SI), as well as dimorphic SI in buckwheat.


1. Jovanka Miljuš-Djukić, Nemanja Stanisavljević, Svetlana Radović, Živko Jovanović, Aleksandar Mikić and Vesna Maksimović (2013) Differential response of three contrasting pea (Pisum arvense, P. sativum and P. fulvum) species to salt stress: assessment of variation in antioxidative defence and miRNA expression.
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CROP SCIENCE, 7(13):2145-2153;dn=801406649364396;res=IELHSS
2. Jovanović, Ž., Stanisavljević, N., Mikić, A., Radović, S., Maksimović, V. (2013): The expression of drought responsive element binding protein (DREB2A) related gene from pea (Pisum sativum L.) as affected by water stress. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CROP SCIENCE 7,1590-1596.;dn=619194823896120;res=IELHSS
3. Dragana B. Nikolić, Jelena T Samardžić, Ana M. Bratić_,Ivan P. Radin Srdjan P. Gavrilovic_,Thomas Rausch,i Vesna R. Maksimović (2010)
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) FeMT3 Gene in Heavy Metal Stress: Protective Role of the Protein and Inducibility of the Promoter Region under Cu2þ and Cd2þTreatments, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 24; 58(6):3488-94

4. Timotijevic Gordana S Milisavljevic Mira Dj Radovic Svetlana R Konstantinovic Miroslav M Maksimovic Vesna R, (2010), Ubiquitous aspartic proteinase as an actor in the stress response in buckwheat, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 167, 61-68.

5. Milisavljević Dj Mira Papić R Dražen Timotijević S Gordana Maksimović Vesna, (2009) Successful production of recombinant buckwheat cysteine-rich aspartic protease in Escherichia coli, JOURNAL OF THE SERBIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 74, 607-618

6. Bratić Ana M Majić Dragana B Samardžić Jelena T Maksimovic Vesna R , (2009)Functional analysis of the buckwheat metallothionein promoter: Tissue specificity pattern and up-regulation under complex stress stimuli, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 166, 996-1000.

7. Banović Bojana Šurbanovski Nada D Konstantinovic Miroslav M Maksimović R ,Vesna (2009) Basic RNases of wild almond (Prunus webbii): Cloning and characterization of six new S-RNase and one "non-S RNase" genes, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 166, 395-402.

8. Milisavljević Mira Dj Timotijević Gordana S Radović Svetlana R Konstantinović Miroslav M Maksimovic R Vesna, (2008) Two types of aspartic proteinases from buckwheat seed - Gene structure and expression analysis, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 165, 983-990.

9. Šurbanovski Nada D Tobutt KR Konstantinović Miroslav M Maksimovic R Vesna Sargent DJ Stevanović Vladimir B Ortega E Bosković Radovan I , (2007) Self-incompatibility of Prunus tenella and evidence that reproductively isolated species of Prunus have different SFB alleles coupled with an identical S-RNase allele, PLANT JOURNAL, 50, 723-734.

10. Milisavljević Mira Dj Konstantinović Miroslav M Brkljačić Jelena M Maksimović R Vesna , Isolation and computer analysis of the 5 '-regulatory region of the seed storage protein gene from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench), JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, (2005), 53, 2076-2080.

11. Brkljačić M Jelena Majić B Dragana Miljuš-Djukić D Jovanka Bratić M A na Konstantinović M Miroslav Milisavljević Dj Mira Maksimovic R Vesna ,( 2005) The metallothionein-like gene from buckwheat: Structural and functional analysis of the promoter region, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES, 166, 889900.

12. Milisavljević Dj Mira Timotijević S Gordana Radović R Svetlana Brkljačić M Jelena Konstantinović M Miroslav Maksimovic R Vesna ,( 2004) Vicilin-like storage globulin from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) seeds, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 52, 5258-5262.

13. Miljuš-Djukić D Jovanka Ninković B Slavica Radović R Svetlana Maksimović R Vesna Brkljačić M Jelena Nešković Mirjana ,( 2004) Detection of proteins possibly involved in self-incompatibility response in distylous buckwheat, BIOLOGIA PLANTARUM, 48, 293-296.
14. Samardžić T Jelena Milisavljević Dj Mira Brkljačić M Jelena Konstantinović M Miroslav Maksimovic R Vesna , (2004) Characterization and evolutionary relationship of methionine-rich legumin-like protein from buckwheat, PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, 42, 157-163.

15. Brkljačić M Jelena Samardžić T Jelena Timotijević S Gordana Maksimović R Vesna , (2004) Expression analysis of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) metallothionein-like gene (MT3) under different stress and physiological conditions, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 161, 741-746.

16. Timotijević Gordana S Radović Svetlana R Maksimović Vesna R ,(2003) Characterization of an aspartic proteinase activity in buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum moench) seeds, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 51, 2100-2104.

17. Radović, S., Maksimović, V., Brkljačić, J., Varkonji-Gašić, E., Savić, A. (1999), 2S albumin from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) seeds, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 47/4, 1467-1470

18. Brkljačić,J., Maksimović,V., Radović,S., Savić,A., (1999) Identification of metallothionein-like cDNA clone from buckwheat, JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 154,802-804

19. Radović, S., Maksimović, V., Varkonji, E. (1996) Characterisation of buckwheat seed storage proteins. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY. 44(4), 972-975

20. Maksimović, V., Varkonji-Gašić E., Radović S. and Savić A. (1996): Biosynthesis of 13S buckwheat seed storage protein. JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 147(6), 759-761