Jelena M. Aleksić

Senior Research Fellow
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE)

V. Stepe 444a, 11010 Beograd, Srbija
Mob: +381 64 2301599
Tel:   +381 11 3976414
Fax:  +381 11 3976414


2011 - 2012 - Post-doctoral studies in evolutionary biology, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, Germany
2008 - PhD in Population Genetics and Conservation Biology, Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
1999 – B.Sc. in Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade (UB), Belgrade, Serbia

Research experience

2015 – Senior Research Fellow, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2009 – Research Associate, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2004 – 2005 – Research Fellow, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad (UNS), Novi Sad, Serbia
2002 – 2005 – Teaching Fellow, Chair for Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, Novi Sad, Serbia
2000 – Volunteer, Chair for Plant Physiology, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia

Working experience

2012 – supervisor and/or examiner for several PhD thesis in fields od Population Genetics, Phylogeography and Phylogeny
2012 – 2013 – The Principal Coordinator of the international project of bilateral collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of France (FABAGRALE) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), project number 680-00-132/2012-09/15
2011 – Lecturer at the PhD programme at the Department of Plant Morphology and Systematics, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden „Jevremovac”, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2011 – Coordinator of the national sub-project 173030-5 of the Department of Ecology and Geography of Plants, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden „Jevremovac”, FB, UB, Belgrade, Serbia
2011 – Participant of the national project 173005, IMGGE, UB, Belgrade, Serbia, funded by the MESTD
2010 – Visiting Scientists at the LMU, Munich, Germany

Other activities

June 2016 - Lecturer in summer school, COST Action FP1202, Novi Sad, Serbia
Since 2016 - Executive Editor of the scientific journal Reforesta (
November - December 2015 - A grant of the French Government for the visit to the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity, Natural History Museum (MHNH), Paris, France
Since 2015 - A member of the scientific Committee of several international scientific meetings
October 2015 - Short-Term-Scientific-Mission (STSM) of the COST Action FP1202 for the visit to the Institute of Bioscience and BioResources (IBBR), Florence, Italy
October 2013 - Short-Term-Scientific-Mission (STSM) of the COST Action FP1202 for the visit to the Institute of Bioscience and BioResources (IBBR), Florence, Italy
2012 - 2015 - Evaluator of EU FP7 projects Trees4Future
Since 2009 - poster presentations, oral and plenary lectures at more than 20 scientific meetings
2009 - participant at the Summer School Ecological Genomics, Bertinoro, Italy
Since 2008 - reviewer for several national and international scientific journals
2007 - participant at the Analysis of Molecular variability Workshop, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 - 2007 - OEAD fellowship (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research,
2005 - 2007 - Bioversity International fellowship (
2005 - participant at the IPGRI Workshop on Forest Bidiversity, Pushkino, Russia
2000 - 2005 – Scholarship of the Serbian Ministry of Science and Education

Research interests

  • Population genetics
  • Phylogeography
  • Phylogeny
  • Conservation Biology
  • Plant cell, tissue and organ in vitro culture

Selected publications

Aleksić JM, Piotti A, Geburek T, Vendramin GG (2017) Exploring and conserving a “microcosm”: Whole-population genetic characterisation within a refugial area of the endemic, relict conifer Picea omorika. Conservation Genetics 18 (4): 777-788.

Davidovic S, Malyarchuk B, Aleksic JM, Derenko M, Topalovic V, Litvinov A, Skonieczna K, Rogalla U, Grzybowski T, Stevanovic M, Kovacevic-Grujicic N (2017) Mitochondrial super-haplogroup U diversity in Serbians. Annals of Human Biology 44 (5): 408-418.

Stanisic Lj, Aleksic JM, Dimitrijevic V, Simeunovic P, Glavinic U, Stevanovic J, Stanimirovic Z (2017) New insights into the origin and the genetic status of the Balkan donkey from Serbia. Animal Genetics 48 (5): 580-590.

Ivetic V, Aleksic JM (2016) Response of rare and endangered species Picea omorika to climate change - the need for the speed. Reforesta 1 (2): 81-89.

Duc G, Aleksić JM, Marget P, Mikic A, Paull J, ReddenRJ, Sass O, Stoddard FL, Vandenberg A, Vishniakova M, Torres AM (2015): Faba bean. In: De Ron A.M. (ed.):Grain Legumes, Handbook of Plant Breeding Series. SpringerScience+Business Media, New York. pp. 141-178.

Bjedov I, Obratov-Petković D, Mišić D, Šiler B, Aleksić JM (2015) Genetic patterns in range-edge populations of Vaccinium species from the central Balkans: implications on conservation prospects and sustainable usage. Silva Fennica49 (4): 1-23.

Stojanović D, Aleksić MJ, Jančić I, Jančić R (2015) A Mediterranean herb in the continental Balkans: A plastid DNA-based phylogeographic survey of Salvia officinalis and its conservation implications. Willdenowia 45 (1): 103-118.

Davidović S, Malyarchuk B, Aleksić MJ, Derenko M, Topalović V, Litvinov A, Stevanović M, Kovačević-Grujičić N (2015) Mitochondrial DNA perspective of Serbian genetic diversity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156: 449-465.

Aleksić MJ, Banović B, Miljuš-Đukić J, Jovanović Ž, Mikić A, Ćupina B, Zlatković B, Anđelković S, Spanu I, Maksimović V (2015) A rapid and cost-effective procedure for delineation and utilization of genomic microsatellites for paralleled genotyping in Vicia faba. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 51 (1): 36–39.

Šarac, Z, Dodoš T, Rajčević N, Bojović S, Marin P, Aleksić J (2015) Genetic patterns in Pinus nigra from the central Balkans inferred from plastid and mitochondrial data. Silva Fennica 49 (5): 1-12.

Aleksić MJ, Geburek T (2014) Quaternary population dynamics of an endemic conifer, Picea omorika, and their conservation implications. Conservation Genetics 15: 87-107. []

Škondrić S, Aleksić MJ, Lakušić D (2014) Campanula cichoracea (Campanulaceae), a neglected species from the Balkan-Carpathian C. lingulata complex as inferred from molecular and morphological characters. Willdenowia 44: 77-96. []

Lockwood JD, Aleksić MJ, Zou J, Wang J, Liu J, Renner SS (2013) A new phylogeny for the genus Picea from plastid, mitochondrial and nuclear sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 717-727. []

Aleksić MJ, Stojanović D, Banović B, Jančić R (2012) A simple and efficient DNA isolation method for Salvia officinalis L. Biochemical Genetics 50: 881-892.

Aleksić MJ, Geburek T (2010) Mitochondrial DNA reveals complex genetic structuring in a stenoendemic conifer Picea omorika [(Panč.) Purk.] caused by its long persistence within the refugial Balkan region. Plant Systematics and Evolution 285 (1-2): 1-11. []

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