Jovanka Lukić

Research Associate

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

V. Stepe 444a, P.Fah 23, 11010 Belgrade, Serbia
Mobile:  +381 65  397 59 60
Phone:  +381 11 397 59 60
Fax:      +381 11 397 58 08


2013 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (Thesis: “Analysis of interaction of lactobacilli with rat gut mucosa”)
2008 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB


2014 - Research Associate,Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology,IMGGE
2013 - 2014 - Research Assistant, LMM, IMGGE
2011 - 2013 - Research Trainee, LMM, IMGGE


From 2017 - member of the Serbian Society for Molecular Biology (MolBios)


Evaluation of the antitumor and immunomodulatory potential of lactobacilli used as potential probiotics, using in vitro (muscle, epithelial cells) and in vivo systems (experimental models) (inflammation of intestinal mucosa, digestive tract infection). In vitro studies are mostly related to the use of lactobacilli extracts in the control of pathogen growth in the keratinocyte culture as well as their effect on autophagy. A significant part of the research is focused on the use of lactobacilli as probiotics in aquaculture, specifically for improving the growth of young fish and for the reduction of the level of opportunistic pathogens (


Dinic, M., Pecikoza, U. Djokic, J., Stepanovic-Petrovic, R., Milenkovic, M., Stevanovic, M., Filipovic, N., Begovic, J., Golic, N., Lukic, J. Exopolysaccharide produced by probiotic strain Lactobacillus paraplantarum BGCG11 reduces inflammatory hyperalgesia in rats. Front. Pharmacol. 9 (2018) 1-12.

Lukic, J., Chen, V., Strahinic, I., Begovic, J., Lev‐Tov, H., Davis, S.C., Tomic‐Canic, M., Pastar, I. Probiotics or pro‐healers: the role of beneficial bacteria in tissue repair. Wound Repair Regen. 25 (2017): 912-922.

Veljovic, K., Dinic, M., Lukic, J., Mihajlovic, S., Tolinacki, M., Zivkovic, M., Begovic, J., Mrvaljevic, I., Golic, N., Terzić-Vidojević, A.: Promotion of early gut colonization by probiotic intervention on microbiota diversity in pregnant sows. Front. Microbiol. 8 (2017) 2028.

Ljubobratovic, U., Kosanovic, D., Vukotic, G., Molnar, Z., Stanisavljevic, N., Ristovic, T., Peter, G., Lukic, J.*, Jeney, G.: Supplementation of lactobacilli improves growth, regulates microbiota composition and suppresses skeletal anomalies in juvenile pike-perch (Sander lucioperca) reared in recirculating aquaculture system (RAS): a pilot study. Res. Vet. Sci. 115 (2017): 451-462

Lukic, J., Jancic, I., Mirkovic, N., Bufan, B., Djokic, J., Milenkovic, M., Begovic, J., Strahinic, I., Lozo, J.: Lactococcus lactis and Lactobacillus salivarius differently modulate early immunological response of Wistar rats co-administered with Listeria monocytogenes. Benef. Microbes 8 (2017): 809-822

Dinić, M., Lukić, J.*, Djokić, J., Milenković, M., Strahinić, I., Golić, N., Begović, J.: Lactobacillus fermentum postbiotic-induced autophagy as potential approach for treatment of acetaminophen hepatotoxicity. Front. Microbiol. 8 (2017): 1-10.

Filipic, B., Malesevic, M., Vasiljevic, Z., Lukic, J., Novovic, K., Kojic, M., Jovcic, B.: Uncovering differences in virulence markers associated with Achromobacter species of CF and non-CF origin. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 7 (2017): 224

Stanisavljević, S., Lukić, J., Soković, S., Mihajlovic, S., Stojković, M.M., Miljković, D., Golić, N.: Correlation of gut microbiota composition with resistance to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in rats. . Front. Microbiol. 7 (2016): 2005.

Stanisavljević, S., Lukić, J., Momčilović, M., Miljković, M., Jevtić, B., Kojić, M., Golić, N., Mostarica Stojković, M., Miljković, D.: Gut-associated lymphoid tissue, gut microbes and susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis Benef. Microbes 7 (2016): 363-373.

Madi, H., Lukić, J., Vasiljević, Z., Biočanin, M., Kojić, M., Jovčić, B., Lozo, J.: Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strains from a pediatric tertiary care hospital in Serbia. PloS one 11 (2016),: e0165660.

Pavlović, B., Tomić, S., Đokić, J., Vasilijić, S., Vučević, D. Lukić, J., Gruden-Movsesijan, A., Ilić, N., Marković, M., Čolić, M.: Fast dendritic cells matured with Poly (I: C) may acquire tolerogenic properties. Cytotherapy 17 (2015): 1763-1776.

Uroić, K., Nikolić, M., Kos, B., Leboš Pavunc, A., Beganović, J., Lukić, J., Jovčić, B., Filipić, B., Miljković, M., Golić, N., Topisirović, L., Čadež, N., Raspor, P., Šušković, J.: Probiotic properties of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Croatian fresh soft cheese and Serbian white pickled cheese. Food Technol. Biotechnol. 52 (2014): 232-241.

Lukic, J., Dinic, M., Marcetic, M., Milenkovic, M., Begovic, J., Strahinic, I.: Effects of soybean carbohydrates and Lactobacillus helveticus BGRA43 on metabolic processes in rat colon. GENETIKA 48 (2016): 903-921

Vukotić, G., Strahinić, I., Begović, J., Lukić, J., Kojić, M., Fira, D.: Survey on proteolytic activity and diversity of proteinase genes in mesophilic lactobacilli. Microbiology 85 (2016): 33-41.

Lukic, J., Strahinic, I., Milenkovic, M., Nikolic, M., Tolinacki, M., Kojic, M., Begovic, J.: Aggregation factor as an inhibitor of bacterial binding to gut mucosa. Microb. Ecol. 68 (2014): 633-644.

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): 5735-5744.

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

Strahinic, I., Lukic, J., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Lozo, J., Kojic, M., Topisirovic, L.: Use of Lactobacillus helveticus BGRA43 for manufacturing fermented milk products. Food Technol. Biotechnol. 51 (2013): 257-265.

Stanisavljević, N., Jovanović, Ž., Čupić, T., Lukić, J., Miljuš Đukić, J., Radović, S., Mikić, A.: Extractability of antioxidants from legume seed flour after cooking and in vitro gastrointestinal digestion in comparison with methanolic extraction of the unprocessed flour. Int. J. Food Sci. Technol. 48 (2013): 2096-2104.

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

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