Dragana Nikolić

Assistant Research Professor
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

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

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mobile:     +381 65 3976 414                           
Phone:     +381 11 3976 414
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E-mail: dragana.nikolic@imgge.bg.ac.rs


2010 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (“Regulation of buckwheat metallothionein type 3 gene expression and protective role of MT3 protein in plant tissues under heavy metal stress“)
2005 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB
2002 - B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, FB, University of Belgrade


2010 – present  Research Associate, Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology (LPMB), IMGGE
2003 - 2010 -  Research Assistant, LPMB, IMGGE
2002 - 2003  -  Research Trainee, LPMB, IMGGE


2010 - Guest Lecturer on Faculty of Biology, PhD studies, course “Cellular stress response”
November, 2006 – January, 2007 – three months in Laboratory for Molecular Physiology of Plants, HIP (Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences), Heidelberg, Germany


Memeber of:

  1. The European Plant Science Organization (EPSO)
  2. The Serbian Genetic Society
  3. The Serbian Society for Plant Physiology
  4. Serbian Biochemical Society


Studies of plant response mechanisms to mineral stresses, from nutrient deficiency to the excess of essential and other mineral elements. Investigation of silicon (Si) influence on plant tolerance to Cu toxicity as well as alleviation of Fe deficiency. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of Si and elucidating possible relations with important actors in cellular Fe and redox homeostases.

Involvement in research of repair and recombination-related genes from plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis.


Silicon alleviates copper (Cu) toxicity in cucumber by increased Cu-binding capacity. Dragana Bosnić, Dragana Nikolić, Gordana Timotijević, Jelena Pavlović, Marek Vaculík, Jelena Samardžić, Miroslav Nikolić. (2019) Plant and Soil https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-019-04151-5

Silicon Alleviates Iron Deficiency in Barley by Enhancing Expression of Strategy II Genes and Metal Redistribution. Nikolic Dragana, Nesic Sofija, Bosnic Dragana, Kostic Ljiljana, Nikolic Miroslav, Samardzic Jelena. (2019) Front Plant Sci. Apr 5;10:416. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00416

LAMMER kinase contributes to genome stability in Ustilago maydis. De Sena-Tomas C, Sutherland JH, Milisavljevic M, Nikolic DB, Perez-Martín J, Kojic M, Holloman WK. DNA Repair (Amst). 2015;33:70-77. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4526389/

Establishment and In-House Validation of Stem-Loop RT PCR Method for Microrna398 Expression Analysis. Timotijevic Gordana S,  Milisavljevic Mira Dj,  Nikolic Dragana B,  Milovanovic Bosko M,  Nikolic Dragana S,  Nikolic Miroslav,  Samardzic Jelena T. GENETIKA-BELGRADE, (2015), vol. 47 br. 2, str. 405-416

Introduction of dsRNA-specific ribonuclease pac1 into Impatiens walleriana provides resistance to Tomato spotted wilt virus. Milosevic Snezana M, Simonovic Ana D, Cingel Aleksandar D, Nikolic Dragana B, Ninkovic Slavica B, Subotic Angelina R. (2013) Scientia Horticulturae, vol. 164 br. , str. 499-506

Cell wall localization of the aspartic proteinase from buckwheat (FeAPL1) over-expressed in tobacco BY-2 cells. Мira Đ. Milisavljević, Gordana S. Timotijević, Dragana B. Nikolić, Jelena T. Samardžić, Vesna R. Maksimović. (2011)Journal of the Serbian Chemical SocietyISSN 0352-5139 Volume: 76; Issue: 9; Start page: 1229;

Tissue expression analysis of FeMT3, a drought and oxidative stress related metallothionein gene from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum). Samardžić, J., Nikolić, D., Timotijević, G., Jovanović, Ž., Milisavljević, M., Maksimović, V. (2010) : J. Plant Physiology; 167, 1407-1411 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20637525

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) FeMT3 gene in heavy metal stress: protective role of the protein and inducibility of the promoter region under Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) treatments. Dragana B. Nikolić, Samardzić T. Jelena, Bratić M. Ana, Radin P Ivan, Gavrilović P Srđan, Rausch Thomas, Maksimović R. Vesna. (2010) J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Mar 24;58(6):3488-94. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20187605

Abundance of soybean Roundup Ready modification in food and feed samples from Serbian retail markets. Miljuš-Djukić, J., Banović, B., Jovanović, Ž., Majić, D., Milisavljević, M., Samardžić, J., Timotijević, G. (2010): Romanian Biotechnological Letters, Vol. 15, No. 1, 102-105

Functional analysis of the buckwheat metallothionein promoter: Tissue specificity pattern and up-regulation under complex stress stimuli. Ana M. Bratić, Dragana B. Majić, Jelena T. Samardžić, Vesna R. Maksimović, 2009. Journal of Plant Physiology, Jun 1;166(9):996-1000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19185389

In planta transformation of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Ana M. Bratić, Dragana B. Majić, Jovanka D. Miljuš-Djukić, Živko S. Jovanović, and Vesna R. Maksimović,  2007. Arch. Biol. Sci., Belgrade, 59 (2), 135-138,

The metallothionein-like gene from buckwheat - structural and functional analysis of the promoter region. Brkljačić, J., Dragana B. Majić, Miljuš-Djukić, J., Bratić, A., Konstantinović, M., Milisavljević, M. and Maksimović, V., 2005. Int J Plant Sci 166, 6, 889-900.

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