Miroslav Plohl

Miroslav Plohl

Professor dr. sc.

Senior Researcher
+385 1 456 1083


Krilo 5/122

Ruđer Bošković Institute
Division of Molecular Biology
Bijenička 54
HR-10000 Zagreb


M. Plohl - CV.docx 13.41 kB


  • 1981 B.Sc.: Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Biology 
  • 1985 M.Sc.: Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Molecular Biology 
  • 1990 Ph.D.: Zagreb, University of Zagreb and Ruđer Bošković Institute (Biology)


  • 2007 - present: Evolution, properties and functional interactions of satellite DNA sequences, MZOŠ RH

Awards and Achievements

  • 2010: Ruđer Bošković Institute award


  • Osijek, J. J. Strossmayer University, Department of Biology: Molecular genetics  
  • Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Facuolty of Agronomy, study of Agroecology: Molecular microbiology
  • Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Doctoral study: Noncoding DNA sequences in eukaryotic genomes
  • Zagreb, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Medicine, Doctoral Study of Neurosciences: Human genome and neural system
  • J. J. Strossmayer University on Osijek, University of Dubrovnik and Ruđer Bošković Institute, Doctoral Study of Molecular Biosciences: Structural Genomics

Featured Publications

  • Mravinac B., Meštrović, N., Čavrak, V., Plohl, M. (2011) TCAGG, an alternative telomeric sequence in insects. Chromosoma, 120, 367-376.
  • Mravinac, B., Plohl, M. (2010) Parallelism in evolution of highly repetitive DNAs in sibling species. Mol. Biol. Evol., 27, 1857-1867.  
  • Plohl, M., Petrović, V., Luchetti, A., Ricci, A., Šatović, E., Passamonti, M., Mantovani, B. (2010) Long-term conservation vs. high sequence divergence: the case of an extraordinarily old satellite DNA in bivalve mollusks. Heredity 104, 543-551.  
  • Plohl, M., Luchetti, A., Meštrović, N., Mantovani, B. (2008) Satellite DNAs between selfishness and functionality: structure, genomics and evolution of tandem repeats in centromeric heterochromatin. Gene 409, 72-82
  • Meštrović, N., Castagnone-Sereno, P., Plohl, M. (2006) Interplay of selective pressure and stochastic events directs evolution of the MEL 172 satellite DNA library in root-knot nematodes. Mol. Biol. Evol. 23, 2316-2325
  • Ugarković, Đ. and Plohl, M. (2002) Variation in satellite DNA profiles-causes and effects. EMBO J. 21, 5955-5959
  • Plohl, M., Prats, E., Martinez-Lage, A., Gonzales-Tizon, A., Mendez, J. and Cornudella, L. (2002) Telomeric localization of the vertebrate-type hexamer repeat, (TTAGGG)n, in the wedgeshell clam Donax trunculus and other marine invertebrate genomes. J. Biol. Chem. 277,  19839-19846
  • Meštrović, N., Plohl, M., Mravinac, B. and Ugarković, Đ. (1998) Evolution of satellite DNAs from the genus Palorus - experimental evidence for the "library" hypothesis. Mol. Biol. Evol. 15, 1062-1068
  • Plohl, M., Meštrović, N., Bruvo, B. and Ugarković, Đ. (1998) Similarity of structural features and evolution of satellite DNAs from Palorus subdepressus (Coleoptera) and related species. J. Mol. Evol. 46, 234-239
  • Ugarković, Đ., Podnar, M. and Plohl, M. (1996) Satellite DNA of the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum - comparative study of satellites from the genus Tribolium. Mol. Biol. Evol. 13, 1059-1066
  • Plohl, M., Lucijanić - Justić, V., Ugarković, Đ., Petitpierre, E. and Juan, C. (1993) Satellite DNA and heterochromatin of the flour beetle Tribolium confusum. Genome 36, 467-475
  •  Plohl, M., Borštnik, B., Lucijanić - Justić, V. and Ugarković, Đ. (1992) Evidence for random distribution of sequence variants in Tenebrio molitor satellite DNA. Genet. Res. 60, 7-13

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Croatian Biological Society
  • Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Croatian Genetical Society
  • Society for Experimental Biology (London, UK)