Nikola Popović

Assistant Research Professor
Laboratory for molecular microbiology (LMM)

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

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Phone:           +381 11 3975960
Fax:               +381 11 3975808
E-mail: popovicnikola@imgge.bg.ac.rs

EDUCATION

2019 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade (Doctoral Dissertation: Examination of probiotic and immunomodulatory characteristics of natural isolates of enterococci on in vitro and in vivo models)
2014 - M.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade
2013 - B.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2019 - Assistant Research Professor, Laboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE
2018 - Research Assistant, Laboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE
2017 - Research Trainee, Laboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE
2014 - PhD student, Laboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE
2013 - 2014 - Master student and Volunteer, Laboratory for molecular microbiology, IMGGE

CAREER HISTORY 

2017 - Member of the Serbian Society for Molecular Biology
2016 - FEMS Grant award
2015 - Training cultivation of anaerobic bacteria, IPLA, Villaviciosa, Spain
2014 - Member of the Serbian society for microbiology 

RESEARCH INTEREST

Molecular characterization of probiotic potential of dairy isolates bacteria of the genus Enterococcus
Molecular mechanisms of realization the effect of probiotic enterococci
Molecular mechanisms of action of non-cytotoxic bioactive compounds produced by enterococci
Development of strategies for treatment of diverse diseases and designing the formulations for functional starter cultures for novel foods and feeds

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Popović, N., Dinic, M., Tolinacki, M., Mihajlovic, S., Terzić-Vidojević, A., Bojic, S., Djokic, J., Golic, N., & Veljovic, K. (2018). New insight into biofilm formation ability, the presence of virulence genes and probiotic potential of Enterococcus sp. dairy isolates. Frontiers in microbiology, 9, 78. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.00078

Popovic, N., Djokic, J., Brdaric, E., Dinic, M., Terzić-Vidojević, A., Golic, N., and Veljovic, K. (2019). The influence of heat-killed Enterococcus faecium BGPAS1-3 on the tight junction protein expression and immune function in differentiated Caco-2 cells infected with Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19111. Frontiers in Microbiology10, 412. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6411766/

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