Research Associate
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE),
University of Belgrade (UB)

V. Stepe 444a, P.Fah 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
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2010 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (“Regulation of buckwheat metallothionein type 3 gene expression and protective role of MT3 protein in plant tissues under heavy metal stress“)

2005 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB

2002 - B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, FB, University of Belgrade


2010 – present  Research AssociateLaboratory for Plant Molecular Biology (LPMB),IMGGE

2003 - 2010 -  Research Assistant, LPMB, IMGGE

2002 - 2003  -  Research Trainee, LPMB, IMGGE

November, 2006 – January, 2007 – three months in Laboratory for Molecular Physiology of Plants, HIP (Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences), Heidelberg, Germany


2010 - Guest Lecturer on Faculty of Biology, PhD studies, course “Cellular stress response”

2002 - present Member of:

  1. The European Plant Science Organization (EPSO)
  2. The Serbian Genetic Society
  3. The Serbian Society for Plant Physiology


Studies of plant response mechanisms to mineral stresses, from nutrient deficiency to the excess of essential and other mineral elements. Investigation of silicon (Si) influence on plant tolerance to Cu toxicity as well as alleviation of Fe deficiency. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of Si and elucidating possible relations with important actors in cellular Fe and redox homeostases.

Involvement in research of repair and recombination-related genes from plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS do 20, počevši od najnovijih i na kraju svake reference stavite hyperlink za PubMed link)

1. Introduction of dsRNA-specific ribonuclease pac1 into Impatiens walleriana provides resistance to Tomato spotted wilt virus. Milosevic Snezana M,  Simonovic Ana D,  Cingel Aleksandar D,  Nikolic Dragana B,  Ninkovic Slavica B,  Subotic Angelina R. (2013) Scientia Horticulturae, vol. 164 br. , str. 499-506

2. Cell wall localization of the aspartic proteinase from buckwheat (FeAPL1) over-expressed in tobacco BY-2 cells. Мira Đ. Milisavljević, Gordana S. Timotijević, Dragana B. Nikolić,  Jelena T. Samardžić, Vesna R. Maksimović. (2011)Journal of the Serbian Chemical SocietyISSN 0352-5139 Volume: 76; Issue: 9; Start page: 1229;

3.Tissue expression analysis of FeMT3, a drought and oxidative stress related metallothionein gene from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum). Samardžić, J., Nikolić, D., Timotijević, G., Jovanović, Ž., Milisavljević, M., Maksimović, V. (2010) :  J. Plant Physiology; 167, 1407-1411

4.Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) FeMT3 gene in heavy metal stress: protective role of the protein and inducibility of the promoter region under Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) treatments. Dragana B. Nikolić, Samardzić T. Jelena, Bratić M. Ana, Radin P Ivan, Gavrilović P Srđan, Rausch Thomas, Maksimović R. Vesna. (2010) J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Mar 24;58(6):3488-94.

5.Abundance of soybean Roundup Ready modification in food and feed samples from Serbian retail markets. Miljuš-Djukić, J., Banović, B., Jovanović, Ž., Majić, D., Milisavljević, M., Samardžić, J., Timotijević, G. (2010) : Romanian Biotechnological Letters, Vol. 15, No. 1, 102-105

6.Functional analysis of the buckwheat metallothionein promoter: Tissue specificity pattern and up-regulation under complex stress stimuli. Ana M. Bratić, Dragana B. Majić, Jelena T. Samardžić, Vesna R. Maksimović, 2009. Journal of Plant Physiology, Jun 1;166(9):996-1000.

7.In planta transformation of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Ana M. Bratić, Dragana B. Majić, Jovanka D. Miljuš-Djukić, Živko S. Jovanović, and Vesna R. Maksimović,  2007. Arch. Biol. Sci., Belgrade, 59 (2), 135-138,

8.The metallothionein-like gene from buckwheat - structural and functional analysis of the promoter region. Brkljačić, J., Dragana B. Majić, Miljuš-Djukić, J., Bratić, A., Konstantinović, M., Milisavljević, M. and Maksimović, V., 2005. Int J Plant Sci 166, 6, 889-900.