Branka Vasiljević

Principal Investigator

Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE),
University of Belgrade

V. Stepe 444a, P.O.Box  23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile: +381 64  8044087
Phone: +381 11 3976034
Fax:     +381 11 397 58 08
E-mail: brankav@imgge.bg.ac.rs

EDUCATION

1988 - PhD in Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1980 - M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1977 - B.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2005 - Principal Research Fellow, Laboratory for Microbial Molecular Genetics and  Ecology, IMGGE, University of Belgrade
1998 - 2005 - Senior Research Associate, Laboratory for Molecular Genetics of Actinomycetes
1994 - 1998 - Senior Reasearch Associate, Lab. for Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms, IMGGE, Belgrade
1989 - 1994 - Research Associate, Lab. for Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms, IMGGE, Belgrade
1980 - 1986 - Research Associate, Lab. Molec. Biol., Institute for Nuclear Sciences "Vinca", Belgrade
1977 - 1980 - Research Assistant, Lab. Molec. Biol., Institute for Nuclear Sciences "Vinca", Belgrade

CAREER HISTORY

1998 - Head of the Laboratory for Molecular Microbial Genetics and Ecology, IMGGE
2014 - President of the Serbian Genetic Society
2012 - FEMS Delegate
2012 – 2015 Member of the University Council, University of Belgrade
2009 – 2014 Member of the National Commission for UNESCO
2007 - 2010 - Member of the University Senate, University of Belgrade
2006 - 2010 - Vice president of the Council of Institutes, University of Belgrade
2003 - President of the Board of  “Goran Ljubijankić” Foundation
2002 - Member of the Council, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1999 - 2011 - Director, IMGGI, University of Belgrade
1999 - 2011 - Liaison officer ICGEB
1998 - 2003 - Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1997 - 1999 - Vice director, IMGGI
1997 - 1999 - Lecturer, Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad
1991 - 1998 - Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1991 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Leicester, UK
1990 - 1997 - Vice president of the Scientific Board, IMGGI
1989 - 1991 - Lecturer, Molecular Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad
1988 - 1989 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Leicester, UK
1982 - 1983 - Research Fellow, Lehrstuhl für Microbiologie der Universität Munchen, Germany

MEMBERSHIPS

ASM – American Society for Microbiology
Serbian Microbiology Society – Member of the Board and a FEMS Delegate
Serbian Genetic Society – President and Member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal Genetika
Serbian Biological Society
Serbian Society for Molecular Biology

RESEARCH INTEREST

Molecular genetics

  • Molecular genetics of Actinomycetes;
  • Mechanisms ofresistance to aminoglyciside antibiotics;
  • Gene expression and regulation;           

Microbial diversity and ecology

  • Studying microbial diversity of various environmental samples using both metagenomic and traditional microbiological approach;
  • Microbial diversity as source of novel genes and metabolites;
  • Collection of microbial isolates from different locations, phylogenetic analyses, and studying secondary metabolites;

Molecular biotechnology

  • Isolation of interesting microorganisms, enzymes and metabolites with potential application in bioremediation and biotechnology. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

Aleksic I., Petkovic M., Jovanovic M., Milivojevic D., Vasiljevic B., Nikodinovic-Runic J.  and  Senerovic L. (2017). Anti-biofilm properties of bacterial di-rhamnolipids and their semi-synthetic amide derivatives. Front Microbiol, Vol. 8, Article number 2454 doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02454 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29276509

Pekmezovic M, Aleksic I, Barac A, Arsic-Arsnijevic V, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J, and Senerovic L. (2016) Prevention of polymicrobial biofilms composed of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and pathogenic fungi by essential oils from selected Citrus species. Pathog. Dis. DOI: 10.1093/femspd/ftw102  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27702795

Savic N, Milivojevic D, Glisic B, Ilic-Tomic T, Veselinovic J, Pavic A, Vasiljevic B,   Nikodinovic-Runic J, Djurana M. (2016)  A comparative antimicrobial and toxicological study of gold(III) and silver(I) complexes with aromatic nitrogen-containing heterocycles: synergistic activity and improved selectivity index of Au(III)/Ag(I) complexes mixture. RSC Adv. 6, 13193-13206

Djokic L, Spasic J, Jeremic S, Vasiljevic B, Prodanovic O, Prodanovic R, Nikodinovic-Runic J. (2015) Immobilization of Escherichia coli cells expressing 4-oxalocrotonate tautomerase for improved biotransformation of β-nitrostyrene. Bioprocess Biosyst. Eng. 38(12), 2389-2395. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26410191

Ilic-Tomic T, Gencic M, Zivkovic M, Vasiljevic B, Djokic L, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Radulovic N.    (2015) Structural diversity and possible functional roles of free fatty acids of the novel soil isolate Streptomyces sp. NP10. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 99(11), 4815-4833. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25636833

Pavic A, Ilic-Tomic T, Pacevski A, Nedeljkovic T, Vasiljevic B, Moric I. (2015) Diversity and biodeteriorative potential of bacterial isolates from deteriorated modern combined-technique canvas painting. Int. Biodeter. Biodeg. 97, 40-50.

Stankovic N, Senerovic L, Ilic-Tomic T, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Properties and applications of undecylprodigiosin and other bacterial prodigiosins. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2014) 98, 3841-3858. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 24562326 

Nikodinovic-Runic J, Mojic M, Kang Y, Maksimovic-Ivanic D, Mijatovic S, Vasiljevic B, Stamenkovic V, Senerovic L. Undecylprodigiosin conjugated monodisperse gold nanoparticles efficiently cause apoptosis in colon cancer cells in vitro. J Mater Chem B (2014) 2 (21), 3271 - 3281.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 24562326 

Stankovic, N., Senerovic, L., Bojic-Trbojevic, Z., Vuckovic, I., Vicovac, Lj., Vasiljevic, B., Nikodinovic-Runic, J. Didehydroroflamycoin (DDHR) pentaene macrolide family from Streptomyces durmitorensis MS405T: Production optimization and antimicrobial activity. J Appl Microbiol (2013) 115(6):1297-306. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 23941529

Djokic, L., Narancic, T., Biocanin, M., Saljnikov, E., Casey, E., Vasiljevic, B., Nikodinovic-Runic, J. Phenol removal from four different natural soil types by Bacillus sp.PS11.Applied Soil Ecology (2013) 70, 1-8. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0929139313000966

Stankovic, N., Radulovic, V., Petkovic, M., Vuckovic, I., Jadranin, M., Vasiljevic, B., Nikodinovic-Runic, J. Streptomyces sp. JS520 produces exceptionally high quantities of undecylprodigiosin with antibacterial, antioxidative, and UV-protective properties. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2012) 96, 1217-31. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 22767180

Narancic, T., Djokic, L., Kenny, S.T., O'Connor, K.E., Radulovic, V., Nikodinovic-Runic, J., Vasiljevic, B. Metabolic versatility of Gram-positive microbial isolates from contaminated river sediments. J. Hazard. Mater. (2012) 215-216, 243-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 22421345

Djokic, L., Narancic, T., Nikodinovic-Runic, J., Savic, M., Vasiljevic, B. Isolation and characterization of four novel Gram-positive bacteria associated with the rhizosphere of two endemorelict plants capable of degrading a broad range of aromatic substrates, Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 91, 1227-1238. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 21706169

Stodulkova, E., Kuzma, M., Hench, I. B., Cerny, J., Kralova, J., Novak, P., Chudickova, M., Savic, M., Djokic, L., Vasiljevic, B., Flieger, M. New polyene macrolide family produced by submerged culture of Streptomyces durmitorensis. J Antibiot (Tokyo) (2011) 64, 717-22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 21915134

Đokić, L., Savić, M., Narančić, T., Vasiljević, B. Metagenomic analysis of soil microbial communities. Arch. Biol. Sci. (2010) 62, 559-564. http://scindeks.ceon.rs/article.aspx?artid=0354-46641003559D

Vojnović, S., Ilić-Tomić, T., Savić, M., Bajkić, S., I. Morić, B. Vasiljević: Comparative analysis of 16S rRNAmethyltransferases conferring resistance to amynoglycoside antibiotics in producing strains, in: Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology Vol. 1 (Ed. A. M. Vilas), Formatex Research Center, Spain, 2010, pp. 501-508. http://www.formatex.org/microbiology2

Savic, M., Lovric, J., Tomic, T. I., Vasiljevic, B., Conn, G. L. Determination of the target nucleosides for members of two families of 16S rRNA methyltransferases that confer resistance to partially overlapping groups of aminoglycoside antibiotics. Nucleic Acids Res (2009) 37, 5420-31. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 19589804

Ilić – Tomić, T., Morić, I., Conn, G. L., Vasiljević, B. Aminoglycoside resistance genes sgm and kgmB protect bacterial but not yeast small ribosomal subunits in vitro despite high conservation of the rRNA site. Res. in Microbiol. (2008) 159, 658–662. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 18930134

Savić, M., Ilić – Tomić, T., Macmaster, R., Vasiljević, B., Conn, G. L. Critical Residues for Cofactor Binding and Catalytic Activity in the Aminoglycoside Resistance Methyltransferase Sgm. J. Bacteriol. (2008) 190, 5855–5861. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 18586937

Savić, M., Bratić I., Vasiljević, B. Streptomyces durmitorensis sp. nov., a producer of an FK506-like immunosuppressant. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. (2007) 57, 2119-2124. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17766883

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