Jelena Samardžić

Assistant Research Professor
Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE)

University of Belgrade
Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia

Mobile:           +381 64 804 40 84                          
Phone:           +381 11 397 64 14
Fax:               +381 11 397 58 08


2010 - PhD in Biology, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB (Expression analysis and functions of Metallothionein type 3  from Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench)

2004 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB

1999 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade


2011 - Research Associate, Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology (LPMB), IMGGE

2004 – 2011 - Research Assistant, LPMB, IMGGE

1999 – 2004 - Research Trainee, LPMB, IMGGE


2012 - Lecturer on Faculty of Biology-Doctoral studies (Molecular Biology)

2011 - Head ofLaboratory for Plant Molecular Biology, IMGGE

                        Member of:                                                   

                        1. National Biosafety Council (member)

                        2. EPSO (The European Plant Science Organization) -national                                            representative

                        3. FESPB (The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology)

                        4. SBS (Serbian Biochemical Society)

                        5. SPPS (Serbian Plant Physiology Society)


Molecular mechanisms that underlie plant response to abiotic stress

Silicon ameliorative effect on various abiotic stresses

Bioactive compounds from plants

Molecular- genetic, biochemical and cell-biological characterization of repair and recombination-related genes from plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis


  1. Ljiljana Kostic, Nina Nikolic, Jelena Samardzic, Mira Milisavljevic, Vuk Maksimović, Dragan Cakmak, Dragan Manojlovic & Miroslav Nikolic (2014) Liming of anthropogenically acidified soil promotes phosphorus acquisition in the rhizosphere of wheat. Biol Fertil Soils, DOI 10.1007/s00374-014-0975-y
  1. Pavlovic J., Samardzic J., Masimović V., Timotijevic G., Stevic N., Laursen K.H., Hansen T.H., Husted S., Schjoerring J.K., Liang Y., Nikolic M. 2013. Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in cucumber by promoting mobilization of iron in the root apoplast. New Phytologist 198: 1096-1107.
  1. Radović, S., Miljuš-Đukić, J., Samardžić, J., Banović, B., Nikolić, D., Milisavljević. M., Timotijević, G. (2012): Buckwheat as a Model Plant in Molecular Biology. Eur. J. Plant Sci. Biotech.; 6, special issue 2, pp.11-16.ISBN, Global Science Books.
  2. Milisavljevic Mira, Timotijevic Gordana,  Nikolic Dragana, Samardzic Jelena, Maksimovic Vesna (2011) Cell wall localization of the aspartic proteinase from buckwheat (FeAPL1) over-expressed in tobacco BY-2 cells. Journal Of The Serbian Chemical Society, 76 (9): 1229-1236
  1. Samardzic, J., Nikolic, D., Timotijevic, G., Jovanovic, Z., Milisavljevic, M., Maksimovic, V. (2010) Tissue expression analysis of FeMT3, a drought and oxidative stress related metallothionein gene from buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum).  J. Plant Physiology; 167: 1407-1411
  1. Nikolić B. Dragana, Samardzić T. Jelena, Bratić M. Ana, Radin P Ivan, Gavrilović P Srđan, Rausch Thomas, Maksimović R. Vesna. (2010) 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. J Agric Food Chem. Mar 24;58(6):3488-94.
  1. Miljuš-Djukić, J., Banović, B., Jovanović, Ž., Majić, D., Milisavljević, M., Samardžić, J., Timotijević, G. (2010) Abundance of soybean Roundup Ready modification in food and feed samples from Serbian retail markets. Romanian Biotechnological Letters, Vol. 15, No. 1, 102-105
  1. Dragana B. Majić, Jelena T. Samardžić, Mira Đ. Milisavljević, Aleksandar M. Krstić and Vesna R. Maksimović, (2008) Two metallothionein gene family members in buckwheat; expresion analysis in flooding stress using real time RT-PCR technology. Arch. Biol.Sci., 60 (1), 77-82
  1. Samardzic JT.,  Milisavljevic MD.,  Brkljacic JM., Konstantinovic MM. and Maksimovic VP., (2004) “Characterization and evolutionary relationship of methionin rich legumin-like protein of buckwheat” Plant Phy. Biochem. 2, vol. 42, pp. 157-163
  1. Ana M. Bratić, Dragana B. Majić, Jelena T. Samardžić, Vesna R. Maksimović,( 2009) Functional analysis of the buckwheat metallothionein promoter: Tissue specificity pattern and up-regulation under complex stress stimuli.. Journal of Plant Physiology, Jun 1;166(9):996-1000.   

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