Jelena M. Aleksić

Associate Research Professor
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE)

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mob: +381 65 3976414
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

2019 - a member of the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (CEEPUS) network “Managing forests for climate change”, network ID CIII-BA-0000-00-1920, ERASMUS+ project
2019 - 2020 - expert in the project “Defining strategies for in situ and ex situ conservation of Serbian spruce with respect to climate change (SInExPAN)”, Faculty of Forestry in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, project ID 19/6-020/961-42/18
2018 - 2019 - expert in the EU IPA II Twinning project between Republic of Serbia and Republic of Italy “Strengthening capacities of phytosanitary sector in the field of plant variety registration, including improvement of variety testing authorities”, project ID SR 14 IPA AG 01 16
2016 - 2018 - expert in two projects of the Forest Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia: Defining taxonomic status of beech in Serbia - phase I (2016-2017, Contract number 401-00-1846/2016-10), and phase II (2017-2018, Contract number 401-00-781/2017-10)
2012 – 2013 – the Principal Coordinator of the international project of bilateral collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of France “Characterisation of faba bean genetic resources (Vicia faba L.) to support genetic improvement of this agronomic legume (FABAGRALE)” funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), project number 680-00-132/2012-09/15
2012 – supervisor for two PhD theses (both defended) and examiner for seven defended PhD theses in fields od Population Genetics, Phylogeography and Phylogeny of plants, animals and humans at several Faculties at Universities in Serbia
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

May 2019 - invited lecture at the 86. International Agriculture Fair in Novi Sad, at the meeting organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Republic of Serbia
March 2019 - invited lecture at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia in Novi Sad, at the meeting organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Republic of Serbia
January - February 2018 - scholarship of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR Short-Term-Mobility-Program 2017) for research stay at the Institute of Bioscience and BioResources (IBBR), Florence, Italy
November 2017 - invited lecture at the manifestation Intelligence of Plants, at the Centre for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade, Serbia
August 2017 - a grant of the French Government for the visit to the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity, Natural History Museum (MHNH), Paris, France
June 2016 - Lecturer in summer school, COST Action FP1202, Novi Sad, Serbia
Since 2016 - Executive Editor of the scientific journal Reforesta (
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 - plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations at more than 40 international 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, for PhD studies at BOKU, Vienna, Austria
2005 - 2007 - Bioversity International fellowship ( for research for PhD studies
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

Chen J, Li L, Milesi P, Jansson G, Berlin M, Karlsson B, Aleksić MJ, Vendramin GG, Lascoux M (2019) Genomic data provides new insights on the demographic history and the extent of recent material transfers in Norway spruce. Evolutionary Applications,

Ivetic V, Aleksic MJ (2019) Serbian spruce and climate change: Possible outcomes and conservation strategy. In: Šijačić-Nikolić M, Milovanović J, Nonic M (Eds.) Forests of southeast Europe under a changing climate - conservation of genetic resources. Springer Cham, pp.  353-371.

Aleksić MJ, Škondrić S, Lakušić D (2018) Comparative phylogeography of capitulate Campanula species from the Balkans, with description of a new species, C. daucoides. Plant Systematics and Evolution 304:549–575.

Ćirković D, Stevanović J, Glavinić U, Aleksić N, Djurić S, Aleksić MJ, Stanimirović Z (2018) Honey bee viruses in Serbian colonies of different strength. PeerJ 6:e5887.

Aleksić MJ, Ballian D, Isajev D, Mataruga M, Christian T, Gardner M (2017) Picea omorika, Serbian Spruce. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T30313A84039544,

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. doi:10.21750/REFOR.2.09.24

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 Fennica 49 (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. doi: 10.17221/153/2014-CJGPB

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