Maja Fafanđel

+385 52 804 718


+385 52 804 780
senior research associate


Ruđer Bošković Institute
Center for Marine Research
G. Paliaga 5
52210 Rovinj

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2002. Ph.D. in Natural Sciences- University of Zagreb

1997  M.Sc. in Oceanology      - University of Zagreb

1994  B.Sc. in Molecular Biology - University of Zagreb


Undergraduate study:Marine Sciences (University of Pula)

- Cellular and molecular biology - 5 ECTS

- Physiology of marine organisms . 5 ECTS

Featured Publications

1.Fafanđel, M.,Bihari,N., Krajcar,V., Muller,W.E.G., Zahn,K.A., Batel,R (2001) Specific detection of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in phytoplankton DNA by a nonradioactive assay  based on T4-endonuclease digestion. The Science of the Total Environment277:149-159                                                                                                                                                                           

2. Fafanđel,M.,Muller, W.E.G., Batel,R. (2003) Molecular response to TBT stress in marine spongeSuberites domuncula :proteolytical cleavage and phosphorylation of KRS_SD  protein kinase. Journal of experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 297:239-252                                                                                   

3.Bihari, N.,Fafanđel,M.(2004) Interspecies differences in DNA single strand breaks caused by benzo(a)pyrene and marine environment. Mutation Research 552: 209-217                                                                     

 4. Bihari, N.,Fafanđel, M., Piškur, V. (2007) Polyciclic aromatic hydrocarbons andecotoxicological characterization of seawater, sediment, and mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis from the Gulf of Rijeka, the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. Archives of Environmental contamination and toxicology 52 (3):379-387                                                                                   

5.Bihari, N.,Fafanđel, M.,Perić, L. (2007) Tissue distribution of neutral deoxyribonuclease (DNase) activity in the musselMytlus galloprovincialis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 147(3):550-556                                                                                                       

6. Fafanđel,M., Bihari,N. (2007) Temporal and spatial variations of seawater toxicity along Adriatic coast, Croatia: A long term study. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 16(11B):1457-1463                                                                         

7. Fafanđel,M.,Bihari,N., Perić, L., Cenov, A. (2008) Effect of marine pollutants on the acid DNase activity in the hemocytes and digestive gland of the musselMytilus galloprovincialis. Aquatic toxicology 86(4):508-513                 

8. Fafanđel,M.Bihari,N., Smodlaka, M., Ravlić, S. (2008) Hemocytes/coelomocytes DNA content in five marine invertebrates:cell cycles and genome sizes. Biologia 63(5):730-736                                                                                                        

9.Fafanđel, M.,Ravlić, S., Smodlaka, M., Bihari, N. (2010) Deoxyribonucleases DNases) in the Cortex and Endosome from the Marine SpongeTethya aurantium. Russian Journal of Marine Biology  36 (5):383-389

Membership in professional associations / societies

- member of Croatian biological society

                 Croatian genetical society

                 Croatian toxicological society