Dunja Šamec

Dunja Šamec


senior research assistant
+385 1 456 0987


Krilo 5/315

Bijenička cesta 54, 10 000 Zagreb



  • 2009-2013: University J.J. Strosmayer Osijek/Ruder Boskovic Institute/University of Dubrovnik, Doctoral study on Molecular Bioscience- Plant biology: PhD in biology
  • 2003-2008: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, double major:
    • Food Engineering: Master of Food Engineering
    • Nutrition: Master of Nutrition
  • 1999-2003: First Gymnasium Varazdin


  • 2011(4 weeks), 2012 (2months), 2014 (2 weeks)- Institute of Botany, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • 2010/2011 (6 months)- Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States of America
  • 2009/2010 (3 months)- Faculty of Science, Palacký University and the Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Laboratory of Growth Regulators, Olomouc, Czech Republic


  • 2014-2017- NEWFELPRO Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND “Evaluating Metabolic Diversity to Understand Plant Adaptations to a Changing Environment (PlantMS)“
  • 2010/2011- UKF 2A Gaining experience grant “Identification of bioactive metabolites in medicinal plants and there In vitro propagation
  • 2010/2011- Fellowships for Doctoral Student, Croatian National Science Foundation, "Isolation and characterization of bioactive metabolites from medicinal plants grown in the greenhouse and in vitro by plant tissue culture"
  • 2009/2010- Fellowships for Doctoral Student, Croatian National Science Foundation “Bioactive compounds and antimicrobial activity of plants”

Awards and Achievements

2015 Croatian National Science Award for junior researchers

FEBS (Federation of European biochemical societies) Bursaries grant for attending 38th FEBS Congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia

BioVision Next Fellowship for attending Biovision Life Science Forum in Lyon, France

2012 FESPB (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology) travel grant for attending Plant Biology Congress 2012 in Freiburg, Germany
2011 IUPAC travel grant for attending Euroanalysis 16 in Belgrade, Serbia

UKF Gaining experience grant

Fellowships for Doctoral Student awarded by the Croatian National Science Foundation


Fellowships for Doctoral Student awarded by the Croatian National Science Foundation

Certificate from Rotary club Varaždin as finalist of the competition for the best diploma thesies in 2008


Top 10% of 2008 graduating class at Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology

First place and gold medal in undergraduate student research at the XII. International competition in student research projects

Dean’s award

First place in “Case study” competition at BEST Engineers days


Scholarships for the best student attending a biotech faculty from the Biotechnical Foundation

Rector’s award

2004 Scholarship for the best Croatian students awarded by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia

Featured Publications

1.    Šamec, D., Bogović, M., Vincek, D., Martinčić, J., Salopek-Sondi, B. (2013) Assessing the authenticity of the white cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata f. alba) cv. ‘Varaždinski’ by molecular and phytochemical markers, Food Research International, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodres.2013.07.015. [IF: 3.005], Q1 

2.    Salopek-Sondi, B., Šamec, D., Mihaljević, S., Smolko, A., Pavlović, I., Janković, I., Ludwig-Müller, J. (2013) Influence of stress hormones on the auxin homeostasis in Brassica rapa seedlings.  Plant cell reports, 32, 1031-1042. [IF: 2.509], Q1

3.    Šamec, D., Gruz, J., Strnad, M., Kremer, D., Kosalec, I., Jurišić Grubešić, R., Karlović, K., Lučić, A., Piljac- Žegarac, J. (2010) Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of Teucrium arduini L. (Lamiaceae) flower and leaf infusions. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 48, 113-119. [IF: 3.010], Q1

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Croatian society of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Croatian Society for Plant Biology


Member of the organization committee:

  • "Znanstveni susreti treće vrste" held in Zagreb at Ruder Boskovic Institute July 7.-8., 2011
  • "1st International Symposium of Biotech Students" held in Zagreb at faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, September 24-26, 2009