Đorđe Fira

Full Research Professor
Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology

Address

Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Biology,
Studentski trg 16, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Tel:     +381 11 2639 882
Fax:    +381 11 2639 882
E-mail:  fira@bio.bg.ac.rs

EDUCATION

1998 – PhD in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1985 – MSc in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade
1981 – BSc in Molecular Biology and physiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2016 – Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
2014 – Full Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
2009 – Associate Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
2008 – Senior Research Associate, IMGGE, University of Belgrade
1999 – Assistant professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
1989 – Assistant, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade
1987 – Research Assistant, INI “PKB Agroekonomik”
1984 – Research Trainee, INI “PKB Agroekonomik”

WORK EXPERIENCE

Teacher in the undergraduate, master and doctoral academic studies in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology on Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

2011 – Department Chairman of Biochemistry and Molecular biology on Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
2016 – Member of the Council of Scientific Areas in Biotechnical Sciences, University of Belgrade
2017 – Member of the Scientific Field Committee for Biotechnology and Agriculture, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia 

RESEARCH INTEREST

Secondary metabolites and antimicrobial compounds of Gram positive bacteria, proteolytic enzymes of lactic acid bacteria, biological control of plant pathogens.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Kojić, M., Fira, Dj., Banina, A., Topisirović, L.: Characterization of the Cell Wall-Bound Proteinase of Lactobacillus casei HN14. (1991) Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 57: 1753-1757. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16348511
  2. Kojić, M., Fira, Dj., Bojovic, B., Banina, A., Topisirović L.: Comparative Study on cell envelope - associated proteinases in Natural Isolates of Mesophilic Lactobacilli. (1995) J. Appl. Bacteriol. 79, 61-68. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2672.1995.tb03124.x                
  3. Fira, Dj., Kojic, M., Banina, A., Spasojevic, I., Strahinic, I., Topisirovic, L.: Characterization of cell envelope-associated proteinases of thermophilic lactobacilli. (2001) J. Appl. Microbiol. 90, 123-130. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11155131
  4. Topisirovic, L., Kojic, M., Fira, Dj., Golic, N., Strahinic, I., Lozo, J.: Potential of lactic acid bacteria isolated from specific natural niches in food production and preservation. (2006)  Int. J. Food Microbiol. 112: 230-235. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16764959
  5. Kojic, M., Lozo, J., Jovcic, B., Strahinic, I., Fira, Dj., 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. (2010) Int. J. Food Microbiol. 140: 117-124. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439125
  6. Ivanović, Ž., Stanković, S., Živković, S., Gavrilović, V., Kojić, M., Fira, Dj.: Molecular characterization of Pseudomonas syringae isolates from fruit trees and raspberry in Serbia. (2012) European Journal of Plant Pathology 134: 191–203. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10658-012-9978-4
  7. Dimkić, I., Živković, S., Berić, T., Ivanović, Ž., Gavrilović, V., Stanković, S., Fira, Dj.: Characterization and evaluation of two Bacillus strains, SS-12.6 and SS-13.1, as potential agents for the control of phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi. (2013) Biological Control 65, 312–321. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1049964413000613
  8. Berić, T., Stanković, S., Draganić, V., Kojić, M., Lozo, J., Fira, Dj. Novel antilisterial bacteriocin licheniocin 50.2 from Bacillus licheniformis VPS50.2 isolated from soil sample. (2013) Journal of Applied Microbiology 116, 502-510. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24238327
  9. Djordje Fira, Tanja Berić and Slaviša Stanković. Biological Control of Plant Pathogens by The Strains of Bacillus sp. In Biotechnology Vol. 2: Plant Biotechnology, (2014) (ISBN: 9781626990173),  Ed. P. Ananda Kumar, Studium Press LLC, India, p. 429-448.
  10. Ivanović, Ž, Popović, T., Janse, J., Kojić, M., Stanković, S., & Gavrilović, V., Fira, D. Molecular assessment of genetic diversity of Xanthomonas arboricola pv. juglandis strains from Serbia by various DNA fingerprinting techniques. (2015) European Journal of Plant Pathology DOI 10.1007/s10658-014-0531-5. 141:133–145 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10658-014-0531-5 
  11. Vukotic, G., Mirkovic, N., Jovcic, B., Miljkovic, M., Strahinic, I., Fira, D., Radulovic, Z. Kojic, M. Proteinase PrtP impairs lactococcin LcnB activity in Lactococcus lactis BGMN1-501: new insights into bacteriocin regulation. (2015) Front. Microbiol. 6: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00092 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4322719/ 
  12. Dimkić, I., Berić, T., Stević, T., Pavlović, S., Šavikin, K., Fira, D., Stanković, S. (2015), Additive and synergistic effects of Bacillus spp. isolates and essential oils on the control of phytopathogenic and saprophytic fungi from medicinal plants and marigold seeds, Biological Control, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.04.011. 87: 6–13. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1049964415000584
  13. Vukotić, G., Strahinić, I., Begović, J., Lukić, J., Kojić, M., Fira, D. Survey on proteolytic activity and diversity of proteinase genes in mesophilic lactobacilli. (2016) Microbiology (Russian Federation) 85/1, 33-41. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S002626171601015X
  14. Dimkic, I., Stankovic, S.,  Nišavic, M., Petkovic, M., Ristivojevic, P., Fira, D., Beric T. (2017). The Profile and Antimicrobial Activity of Bacillus Lipopeptide Extracts of Five Potential Biocontrol Strains. Front. Microbiol. 8: 925. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00925 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28588570
  15. Fira D., Dimkić I., Berić T., Lozo J., Stanković S. Biological control of plant pathogens by Bacillus species. (2018) J Biotechnol. 285: 44-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2018.07.044. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30172784

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