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Dr Zvezdana Popovic

Zvezdana Popovic was born in Belgrade, where she gained BSc in pharmacy and MSc and PhD in molecular biology. She worked at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies and Institute for Biological Research. In 1986, after a one-year stay at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in USA, she came to newly founded IMGGE where she was the head of the Laboratory for Molecular Hematology and director for two terms (1989-1990 and 1996-1999). She has retired from the University of Toronto where she worked as a researcher for many years.

Jelena Begovic

Jelena Begovic, PhD is the acting director of IMGGE since 2013. Since 2015, she is Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology. She is also a delegate of the Republic of Serbia in the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy, as well as the liaison officer of this organization for Serbia. She is a member of the Association of Microbiologists of Serbia, Serbian Genetic Society and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM). She is a member of the review board of the Center for the Promotion of Science's magazine Elements.

Her scientific career is tied to the lactic acid bacteria including resistance problems in LAB and other not so friendly bacteria to antibiotics, and the search for new probiotics that may find wide application in human and veterinary medicine. She is highly interested in connecting fundamental research with practice, as well as the development of innovation.

"The way we use resources as scientific institutions, as well as society as a whole, will largely define our future. Investment in science is not only an investment in the present, but above all an investment in the future and generations to come. This is our task and our responsibility."

Dr Branka Vasiljevic

Dr Branka Vasiljevic has been permanently employed in IMGGE since the first day of its establishment. She came to IMGGE from the Scientific Institute Vinca and brought with her the research topic that was the focus of her thesis - molecular genetics of actinomycetes and antibiotic resistance. She was IMGGE director from 1999 to 2010. Since 1998, she has been Head of the "Laboratory 05".

She has ended her teaching career at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade in 2003, but has not forgotten her former students, biologists, geneticists, biochemists and microbiologists, and is still proud of their achievements. She maintains contacts with young people not only as head of the laboratory, but also as a delegate of the Association of Microbiologists of Serbia in FEMS and president of the Serbian Genetic Society.

In addition to actinomycetes, she is now interested in other "powerful" bacteria which could hopefully be used in a process of green biotechnology.
Still is still dealing with the administrative duties as a member of the Academic Ranks Commission of the Ministry of Science and a member of the Presidency of the Association of the Scientific Institutes of Serbia.

Prof. Dr. Ljubisa Topisirovic

Prof. Dr. Ljubisa Topisirovic was IMGGE director for two terms, 1988-1989 and 2011-2013. Since the foundation of the Institute in 1986, he was Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms. For more than four decades he was engaged in research on molecular genetics of bacteria. At the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade he has taught many generations of students and was a mentor of numerous undergraduate, master and doctoral theses. He is member of the Serbian Genetic Society and Serbian Microbiology Society, as well as the American Society of Microbiology. He was awarded the Order of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques" of France. During his career he was, among other things, Vice-Rector of the University of Belgrade, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Richard the Lionheart in the institute's New Year's theater performance. While enjoying his retirement, he is still active in science, especially in the field of education of future scientists.

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