Senior Research Associate
Acting Director

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

V. Stepe 444a,
11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile: +381 64  8044082
Phone: +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:     +381 11 397 58 08
E-mail: begovicj@imgge.bg.ac.rs

EDUCATION

2008 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade (UB)
2002 - MSc in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB
1998 - BSc in Biology, FB, UB

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2013 - Senior Research AssociateLaboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE
2009 - 2013 - Research Associate Laboratory for Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms (LMGIM),IMGGE, UB
2003 - 2009 - Research Assistant LMGIM, IMGGE, UB
1998 - 2003 - Research Trainee, Laboratory for Genetic Engineering of Microorganisms, IMGGE, UB

CAREER HISTORY

2013 - Acting Director of  IMGGE, UB
2013 - Lecturer on Faculty of Pharmacy, UB, in doctoral study program Microbiology and Immunology
2011 - 2013 - Vice Director of IMGGE, UB
2011 - Representative of Republic of Serbia in ”ICGEB Board of Governors”, of International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy and Liaison officer of ICGEB for Serbia
2009 - 2011 - Deputy Head of Laboratory for Molecular Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms, IMGGE, UB

RESEARCH INTEREST

Molecular microbiology, Molecular mechanisms of bacteria-host interaction, Molecular mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics, Molecular mechanisms of probiotic action.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Lukic J, Strahinic I, Milenkovic M, Nikolic M, Tolinacki M, Kojic M, Begovic J. (2014)Aggregation factor as an inhibitor of bacterial binding to gut mucosa. Microb Ecol.  68(3):633-644. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24823989

Jovčić B, Lepšanović Z, Begović J, Filipić B, Kojić M. (2014) Two copies of blaNDM-1 gene are present in NDM-1 producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from Serbia. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 105:613-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24343100

Jovčić B, Lepsanović Z, Begović J,  Rakonjac B, Perovanović J, Topisirović L, Kojić M. (2013) The clinical isolate Pseudomonas aeruginosa MMA83 carries two copies of the blaNDM-1 gene in a novel genetic context. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 57(7):3405-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23612199

Lukic J, Strahinic I, Milenkovic M, Golic N., Kojic M, Topisirovic L, Begovic J. (2013) Interaction of Lactobacillus fermentum BGHI14 with rat colonic mucosa: implications for colitis induction. Appl Environ Microb. 79 (18):5735-5744. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23851097

Begović J, Jovčić B, Papić-Obradović M, Veljović K, Lukić J, Kojić M, Topisirović L. (2013) Genotypic diversity and virulent factors of Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from human breast milk. Microbiol Res.168:77-83. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23098640

Lukić J, Strahinić I, Jovčić B, Filipić B, Topisirović L, Kojić M, Begović J. (2012) Different roles for lactococcal aggregation factor and mucin binding protein in adhesion to gastrointestinal mucosa. Appl Environ Microbiol. 78(22):7993-8000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22961901

Kojic M,Jovcic B, Strahinic I, Begović J, Lozo J, Veljovic K, Topisirovic L. (2011) Cloning and expression of a novel lactococcal aggregation factor from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis BGKP1. BMC Microbiol. 19;11:265. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22182285

Begović J, Huys G, Mayo B, D’Haene K, Florez AB, Lozo J, Kojic M, Strahinic I, Topisirovic L. (2009) Human vaginal Lactobacillus rhamnosus harbor mutation in 23S rRNA associated with erythromycin resistance. Res Microbiol. 160:421-426. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19619642

Golic N, Strahinic I, Terzic-Vidojevic A, Begovic J, Nikolic M, Tolinacki M, Topisirovic L. (2012) Molecular diversity among natural populations of Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus plantarum/paraplantarumstrains isolated from autochthonous dairy products. Europ Food Res Tech. 234: 627-638. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00217-012-1670-6#page-1

Veljovic K, Terzic-Vidojevic A, Vukasinovic M, Strahinic I, Begovic J, Lozo J, Ostojic M, Topisirovic L. (2007) Preliminary characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Zlatar cheese. J Appl Microbiol. 103 2142-2152. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18045397