Principal Research Fellow

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

V. Stepe 444a, P.O. Box 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile:  +381 64  80 44 088
Phone:  +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:      +381 11 397 58 08


2003 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (THESIS: Characterization of natural isolates Lactobacillus sp. BGRA43 as potential probiotic strain)
1998 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB
1994 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, UB


2012 - Principal Research Fellow, Laboratory for Molecular Microorganisms (LMM) formerly LMGIM,  IMGGE
2007 - 2012 - Senior Research Associate,Laboratory for Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms (LMGIM), IMGGE
2003 - 2007 - Research Associate, LMGIM,IMGGE
1998 - 2003 - Research Assistant, LMGIM, IMGGE
1994 - 1998 - Research Trainee, LMGIM, IMGGE


2013 - Acting vice director, IMGGE
2013 - Lecturer on Faculty of Pharmacy, UB
2007 - 2009 - Deputy Head of Laboratory for Molecular Genetics of Industril Microorganisms, IMGGE
2007 - Lecturer on Faculty of Biology, UB
1994 - Member of Yugoslav /Serbian society for Microbiology
1998 - Member of Serbian Genetic Society
2009 - president of the Section Molecular Genetics within Serbian Genetic Society


Committed to clarify the role of probiotics that exert beneficial effects on human health Her goal is to study different molecular mechanisms of probiotic action with a focus of discovering new strains and molecules involved in health improvement.


Lukic, J., Strahinic, I., Milenkovic, M., Nikolic, M., Tolinacki, M., Kojic, M., Begovic, J.: Aggregation factor as a setback for bacterial binding to gut mucosa. Microbial Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s00248-014-0426-1.

Zavišić, G., Ristić, S., Petričević, S., Novaković, J., Radulović, Ž., Janać, B., Strahinić, I., Piperski, V. Characterization and preliminary lipid-lowering evaluation of a Lactobacillus isolate from a traditional serbian dairy product. Beneficial Microbes, Jun 2014, 1-10. DOI: 10.3920/BM2014.0018.           

Lukic, J., Strahinic, I., Milenkovic, M., Golic, N., Kojic, M., Topisirovic, L., Begovic, J.: Interaction of Lactobacillus fermentum BGHI14 with rat colonic mucosa – implications for colitis induction. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79 (2013) (18):5735-44.

Strahinic, I., Lozo, J., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Fira, D., Kojic, M., Golic, N., Begovic, J., Topisirovic, L.: Technological and probiotic potential of BGRA43 a natural isolate of Lactobacillus helveticus. Frontiers in Microbiology. (2013) 4:2

Strahinic, I., Lukic, J., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Lozo, J., Kojic, M., Topisirovic, L.: Use of Lactobacillus helveticus BGRA43 for manufacturing yoghurt-like products. Food Tech. Biotech.(2013) 51 (2) 257/265.

Lukic, J., Strahinic, I., Jovcic, B., Filipic, B., Topisirovic, L., Kojic, M., Begovic, J.: Different roles of lactococcal aggregation factor and mucin binding protein in adhesion to gastrointestinal mucosa. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78 (2012) (12) 7993-8000.

Nikolic, M., López, P., Strahinic, I., Suárez, A., Kojic, M., Fernández-García, M., Topisirovic, L., Golic, N., Ruas-Madiedo, P.: Characterisation of the exopolysaccharide 1 (EPS)-producing Lactobacillus paraplantarum BGCG11 and its non-EPS producing derivative strains as potential probiotics. Int J. Food Microbiol. 158(2) (2012) 155-62.

Topisirovic, L., Kojic, M., Strahinic, I., Fira, D., Golic, N.: A Survey of Antimicrobial Activity in Lactic Acid Bacteria of Different Origin.In: Natural Antimicrobials in Food Safety and Quality, Ed. M Rai and M L Chikindas,CABI Oxfordshire,UK pp 27-38. 2011. ISBN: 9781845937690.  

Golic, N., Strahinic, I., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Begovic, J., Nikolic, M., Tolinacki, M., Topisirovic, L.: Molecular diversity among natural populations of Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus plantarum/paraplantarumstrains isolated from autochthonous dairy products. Europ. Food Res. Tech., (2012) 234: 627-638.

Zavisic, G., Petricevic, S., Radulovic, Z., Begovic, J., Golic, N.,Topisirovic, L., Strahinic, I.: Probiotic features of two oral Lactobacillus isolates. Braz J Microbiol (2012) 43: 418-428.

Kojic, M., Jovcic, B., Strahinic, I., Begovic, J., Lozo, J., Veljovic, K., Topisirovic, L.: Cloning and expression of novel lactococcal aggregation factor from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis BGKP1. BMC Microbiol., (2011) 11: 265-275.

Lozo, J., Strahinic, I., Dalgalarrondo, M., Chobert, J-M., Haertle, T., Topisirovic, L.: Comparative analysis of b-casein proteolysis by PrtP proteinase from L. paracasei subsp. paracasei BGHN14, PrtR proteinase from L. rhamnosus BGT10 and PrtH proteinase from L. helveticus BGRA43.J. Int. Dairy J.  21 (2011) 863-868.

Kojic, M., Lozo, J., Jovcic, B., Strahinic, I., Fira, D., Topisirovic, L.: Construction of a new shuttle vector and its use for cloning and expression of two plasmid-encoded bacteriocins from Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei BGSJ2-8. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 140 (2010): 117-124.

Strahinic, I., Kojic, M., Tolinacki, M., Fira, D., Topisirovic, L.: The presence of prtP proteinase gene in natural isolate Lactobacillus plantarum BGSJ3-18. Lett. Appl. Microbiol. 50 (2010) 43-49.  

15.Strahinic, I., Kojic, M., Tolinacki, M., Fira, D. and Topisirovic, L. Molecular characterization of plasmids pS7a and pS7b from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis bv. diacetylactis S50 as a base for the construction of mobilizable cloning vectors. J. Appl. Microbiol. 106 (2009) 78-88.  

Begovic, J., Huys, G., Mayo, B., D’Haene, K., Florez, AB., Lozo, J., Kojic, M., Strahinic, I and Topisirovic, L. Human vaginal Lactobacillus rhamnosus harbor mutation in 23S rRNA associated with erythromycin resistance. Research in Microbiol. 160 (2009) 421-426. 

Veljovic, K., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Vukasinovic, M., Strahinic, I., Begovic, J., Lozo, J., Ostojic, M., Topisirovic, L. Preliminary characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Zlatar cheese. J Appl. Microbiol. 103 (2007) 2142-2152.

Strahinic, I., Busarcevic, M., Pavlica, D., Milasin, J., Golic, N., Topisirovic, L.: Molecular and biochemical characterization of human oral lactobacilli as putative probiotic candidates. Oral Microbiol. Immunol. 22 (2007) 111-117.

Topisirovic, L., Kojic, M., Fira, D., Golic, N., Strahinic, I., Lozo J.: Potential of lactic acid bacteria isolated from specific natural niches in food production and preservation. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 112 (2006) 230-235.

J. Lozo, M. Vukasinovic, I. Strahinicand L. Topisirovic. Characterization and antimicrobial activity of bacteriocin 217 produced by natural isolate Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei BGBUK2-16. Journal of Food Protection 67 (2004) 2727-2734.