Current projects

IMGGE work program for 2022

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, 451-03-68/2022-14/200042
Principal Investigator: Dr Jelena Begovic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: all employed researchers


INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
Bio Innovation of a Circular Economy for Plastics (BioICEP)

European Comission, H2020-870292, 2020-2023
Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Fournet, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
Coordinator for IMGGE: Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic


Strengthening regional stem cells based research for advancement of multi modal innovative strategy for modelling neurodevelopmental disorders (STREAMLINE)

European Comission, 101060201, 2022-2025
Principal Investigator: Academician Milena Stevanovic
Participants from IMGGE:  Dr Marija Mojsin, dr Natasa Kovacevic Grujicic, dr Marija Svirtlih, dr Andrijana Lazic, dr Danijela Drakulic, dr Isidora Petrovic, dr Milena Milivojevic, dr Danijela Stanisavljevic Ninkovic, Vanda Balint, Stefan Lazic, Aleksandra Krstic, Jelena Pejic, Ivana Simeunovic, Jovana Kostic


Evaluation of AKR1B1 expression in the stromal compartment of colorectal tumors

Research project within the scientific and technological cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the Council for Scientific and Technological Research of Turkey, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Sandra Dragicevic, Jovana Despotovic, Tamara Babic


CEEPUS network “Managing forests for climate change”

European Union, CIII-BA-0000-00-1920, 2019-
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr. Milan Mataruga, Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Jelena Aleksic


Plant health bioinformatics network

EUPHRESCO, 2019-2022
Project coordinator: Annelies Haegeman, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Bojana Banovic Djeri, dr Jelena Samardzic


Functionalization of biopolymers

Bioplastech Ltd., Dublin, Ireland, BP2013, 2013-
Principal Investigator: Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, IMGGE


Investigation of bacteriophages and phage-derived enzyme activity against biofilm-embedded cells of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

Research project within scientific and technological cooperation between Republic of Italy and Republic of Serbia, 2019-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Goran Vukotic, Faculty of Biology University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Nemanja Stanisavljevic, Mina Obradovic, Milka Malesevic, Katarina Novovic, Dr Milan Kojic


The usage of silicon fertilisation in order to mitigate the oxidative stress and to improve the resilience of barley subjected to UV and drought

Research project within scientific and technological cooperation between Republic of Serbia and Republic of Slovenia, 2020-2022
Principal investigator: Dr Marija Vidovic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Dragana Bosnic


SCREEN - Searching for molecular signatures of Mulvihill-Smith syndrome

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6436164, 2020-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr Natasa Kovacevic Grujicic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Danijela Drakulic


NEURAD - Testing neurogenic potential of induced pluripotent stem cells derived from alzheimer’s disease patients

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6436225, 2020-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr Marija Svirtlih, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Isidora Petrovic


Pro-Belgrade - Could Prothrombin Belgrade mutation affect blood vessels? A new insight into thrombosis mechanism

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6476784, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Valentina Djordjevic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Sofija Dunjic


ProORC - Profiling ORC genetics and regulation in cancer

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6504965, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Jelena Kusic Tisma, IMGGE


PLASH - Probiotic lactobacilli as therapeutics for wound healing

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6426409, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Ivana Strahinic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Miroslav Dinic


OxInDisPro - Overexpression of intrinsically disordered protein ATDSS1 in different plant systems – an analysis of its role in response to the oxidative stress

Serbian Science and Diaspora Collaboration Program: Knowledge Exchange Vouchers, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6473515, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Gordana Timotijevic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Ivana Nikolic


De-novo sequencing of 82 selected strains with biomass-degrading and bioremediation potential

JGI Community Science Program, US DOE, FP00010829, 2020-2023
Principal Investigator: Dr MIlica Ciric, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Lidija Djokic


Effects of miR-219 and miR-221on radiosensitivity of glioblastoma cells

Research project within scientific and technological cooperation between Republic of Serbia and Federal Republic of Germany 2021-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Danijela Stanisavljevic Ninkovic
Participants from IMGGE: Academician Milena Stevanovic, dr Danijela Drakulic, Vanda Balint, Jelena Pejic


Enabling the first registry of individuals with Fragile X-associated disorders and better assessment of future testing/screening needs in Serbia

Asuragen, Austin, Texas, USA, 2020-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr  Dragana Protic, Institute of Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Academician Milena Stevanovic, dr Marija Mojsin, dr Isidora Petrovic, dr Andrijana Lazic

NATIONAL PROJECTS
ZEBARR - Zebrafish ankrd1a as a common player in heart regeneration and skeletal muscle repair - a new prospect for unlocking regenerative potential of human heart

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7739807, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Snezana Kojic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Jovana Jasnic, dr Mirjana Novkovic, dr Marko Vasic, dr Srdjan Boskovic, Emilija Milosevic


BioECOLogics - Value-added biologics through eco-sustainable routes

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7730810, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Sandra Vojnovic, dr Tatjana Ilic-Tomic, dr Sanja Jeremic, dr Dusan Milivojevic, dr Ivana Aleksic, dr Sanja Skaro Bogojevic, Brana Pantelic


NextGenBiotics - The use of integrative multi-omics approach in cultivation and characterization of gut bacteria related to microbiota-gut-brain axis as a source for Next Generation Probiotics

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7744507, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Natasa Golic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Amarela Terzic-Vidojevic, Dr Jelena Djokic, Dr Jovanka Lukic, Dr Maja Tolinacki, Dr Milica Zivkovic, Dr Miroslav Dinic, Dr Svetlana Sokovic Bajic, Dusan Radojevic, Emilija Brdaric


ExplOMV - Exploring Bacterial OMV (Outer Membrane Vesicles)-sRNAs Mediated Interkingdom Communication with Plants and Fungi

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7744906, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Dragana Nikolic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Jelena Samardzic, Dr Bojana Banovic Djeri, Dr Dragana Bosnic, Sofija Nesic, Ana Pantelic


GENOVA - Factors of the BRCA2-mediated Homologous Recombination: Uncovering New Players, Their Interplay, and Contribution to Genome Integrity and Stress Response

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7730230, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Mira Milisavljevic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Milorad Kojic, dr Gordana Timotijevic, Jelena Petkovic, Ivana Nikolic


GENIUS - Genetic and environmental influences on psychological adaptation of children and adults

Program IDEAS, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 7744418, 2021-2024
Principal Investigator: Dr Snezana Smederevac, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Jelena Kusic-Tisma


Studying the effects of microdelection of chromosome 22 (22q11) on the occurrence of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases

Strategic project of Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2021-2023
Principal investigator: Academician Milena Stevanović, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Danijela Drakulic, dr Natasa Kovacevic-Grujicic, dr Marija Svirtlih, dr Marija Mojsin, dr Andrijana Lazic


Studying the roles of SOX proteins in promoting malignant cell phenotypes (SOPROMAL)

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, F24, 2020-2022
Principal investigator: Academician Milena Stevanovic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Danijela Drakulic, dr Isidora Petrovic, dr Marija Svirtlih, dr Marija Mojsin, dr Natasa Kovacevic-Grujicic, dr Andrijana Lazic, dr Milena Milivojevic


Optimization (individualization) of the rectal cancer treatment using predictive molecular genetic biomarkers

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, F-20, 2013-
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr Zoran Krivokapić, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Dragica Radojkovic, dr Aleksandra Nikolic


Synthesis and application of new chemotherapeutics based on natural products and metal complexes

Strategic project of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, F-65, 2019-2022
Principal Investigator: Prof dr Bogdan Solaja, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, dr Sandra Vojnovic, dr Aleksandar Pavic


Molecular basis of response to chemioradiotherapy in rectal cancer

Strategic project of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, F-69, 2019-2022
Principal Investigator: Prof. Zoran Krivokapic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic, dr Aleksandra Divac Rankov, dr Sandra Dragicevic, Jovana Despotovic, Tamara Babic, dr Milena Stevanovic, dr Isidora Petrovic, dr Marija Schwirtlich


SENSOGENE - Cancer biosensors based on gene regulatory elements

Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6052315, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Sandra Dragicevic, Jovana Despotovic, Tamara Babic


LEAPSyn-SCI – Late Embryogenesis Abundant Proteins: Structural Characterisation and Interaction with α-Synuclein

Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6039663, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Marija Vidovic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Strahinja Stevanovic, Ana Pantelic


LABLUNG - Mechanistic insight into the anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects of lactic acid bacteria in in vitro models of chronic lung diseases

Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6066974, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Marija Stankovic, IMGGЕ
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Katarina Veljovic, dr Nikola Popovic, Sofija Dunjic, dr Natasa Golic


Nano-MDSC-Thera - Novel Immunotherapeutic Approaches for Autoimmune Diseases based on Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells induced by Nanomaterials

Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6062673, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Sergej Tomic, Assistant Research Professor, Institute for Application of Nuclear Energy, University of Belgrade
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Jelena Djokic, Dusan Radojevic


ReTRA - Revitalization of traditional bread production procedures through innovative approaches

Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 6062634, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Miroslav Hadnadjev, Associate Research Professor, Institute of Food Technology in Novi Sad, University of Novi Sad
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Nikola Popovic


Application of fluorescent substrate for fast and specific detection of Staphylococcus aureus in milk Proof of Concept, Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 5449, 2020-2022

Principal Investigator: Dr Maja Gvozdenov
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Valentina Djordjevic, dr Milan Kojic


New approach to thrombophilia screening

Proof of Concept, Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 5853, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Valentina Djordjevic
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Maja Gvozdenov, Marija Cumbo, Sofija Dunjic


Alleviation of lung inflammation by probiotics

Proof of Concept, Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 5709, 2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Katarina Veljovic
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Marija Stankovic, dr Svetlana Sokovic Bajic, dr Natasa Golic


Molecular mechanisms of lifespan extension induced by exopolysaccharide-producing lactobacilli in the Caenorhabditis elegans

Program "Pokreni se za nauku", Phillip Morris Company, 2020-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr Miroslav Dinic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Jelena Djokic, Dr Svetlana Sokovic Bajic, Dusan Radojevic, Emilija Brdaric


Examination of possible applications of direct thrombin inhibitors in the therapy of colon cancer

Program "Pokreni se za nauku", Phillip Morris Company, 2020-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr Branko Tomic, IMGGE
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Maja Gvozdenov, Marija Cumbo, Srdjan Boskovic


Conservation of animal genetic resources using molecular genetic characterization

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, 680-00-00041/1/2021-02, 2021-2022
Principal Investigator: Dr Jelena M. Aleksic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr. Natasa Kovacevic-Grujicic


Genotyping of sheep (Ovis aries) from the territory of the Republic of Serbia using molecular markers in order to determine the number of breeds and preserve their gene pool

Institute of Animal Husbandry, 14/277, 2021-2022
Principal Investigator: Jelena M. Aleksic, PhD, IMGGE


Genotyping of 30 sheep of the Krivovirska breed from the territory of the Republic of Serbia using molecular markers in order to determine the level of genetic diversity of the population and preserve its gene pool

Institute of Animal Husbandry, 14/360, 2022
Principal Investigator: Jelena M. Aleksic, PhD, IMGGE

SCIENCE PROMOTION PROJECTS
Science on the move - from lab to streets & school (ScienceSCool)

European Comission, 101061631, 2022-2023
Principal Investigator: Dr Biljana Sljukic Paunkovic, Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic, dr Milena Ugrin, dr Bojana Banovic Djeri, dr Sanja Jeremic, dr Sandra Dragicevic, dr Aleksandra Divac Rankov, dr Lidija Djokic, Tamara Babic


Tiny creatures reign in our kitchen drain

Society for Applied Microbiology, 2022-2023
Principal Investigator: Dr Sanja Jeremic, IMGGE
Participant from IMGGE: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic


Smart Pet Toothbrush

Collaborative grant scheme program, Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia, 50404, 2022-2023
Principal Investigator: Vis Health

COST ACTIONS
Identifying Biomarkers Through Translational Research for Prevention and Stratification of Colorectal Cancer (TRANSCOLONCAN)

CA17118, 2018-2022
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Aleksandra Nikolic, dr Aleksandra Divac Rankov, dr Sandra Dragicevic, Jovana Despotovic, Tamara Babic


European Network for Innovative Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Neutropenias (EuNet-INNOCHRON)

CA18233, 2019-2023
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Sonja Pavlovic, dr Anita Skakic, dr Kristel  Klaassen, dr Vladimir Gasic, dr Marina Andjelkovic


ADHEsion GPCR Network: Research and Implementation Set the path for future Exploration (Adher'n Rise)

CA18240, 2019-2023
Participants from IMGGE: Dr Biljana Stankovic, dr Nikola Kotur

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