Jelena Begović

Full Research Professor

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

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mobile: +381 64  8044082
Phone: +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:     +381 11 397 58 08


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


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


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


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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