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Division of Molecular Biology

At the Division of Molecular Biology, we investigate the molecular basis and functional roles of fundamental biological structures and processes.

Igor Weber

Head

PhD Igor Weber

+385 1 457 1219

Administration

Marija Kober
tel/fax: +385 1 4561177
email: mkober@irb.hr

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Research in the Division of Molecular Biology is based on the methods of modern molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, biophotonics and bioinformatics. The model organisms used in these studies include bacteria, yeasts, cellular slime molds, several invertebrates, plants, lab animals and mammalian cells in culture.

The projects in the Division broadly involve the following fields of study: the maintenance of genome integrity and regulation of genome variation (DNA replication, recombination and repair); genome organization and repetitive DNA sequences; expression of genomic information (transcription and translation); signal transduction in the molecular regulation of cell division, growth, differentiation and senescence; cellular responses to toxic agents and resistance to cytostatics and antibiotics; the genetic background and regulatory mechanisms of neurotransmission; the regulatory mechanisms of photosynthesis; the physiology, biochemistry and structural biology of plant hormones; dynamical processes in the cytoskeleton; and the evolution of genes and genomes.

The primary purpose of these research projects is the general broadening of our knowledge of biological processes at the molecular level and the underlying principles of life, as well as the training of young scientists for professional work in the molecular biosciences, including biomedicine and biotechnology.

At the center of our interests are the processes of cellular cytoskeleton movement in social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, development and differentiation of somatic stem cells (haematopoietic stem cells); transcription factors of the Ikaros family and the role of serotonin in cell differentiation. Lastly, we study biochemical processes of energy conversion in photosynthetic plant organelles and their prokaryotic cyanobacterial ancestors.

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LEG embraces three independent research groups that approach questions in evolutionary genetics from different angles. (Grupa dr. Ugarković, Grupa dr. Brčić-Kostić i Grupa dr. Domazet-Lošo)

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We are a young and dynamic laboratory, one of the biggest laboratories in the Division of Molecular Biology, consisting of two research groups working on different subjects with some degree of overlap. We collaborate with several researchers groups within the Institute and even more research groups abroad (in Germany and France). We use state-of-the-art cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. The two directions of our research are: 1. Cell response to genotoxic agents and mechanisms involved in drug-resistance and 2. Adenoviruses as vectors for gene transfer.

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Laboratory for Chemical Biology (LCB) is oriented to interdisciplinary research in the field of plant growth and development and its molecular regulation, as well as secondary metabolism.

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The main goal of our research is to get new insights into molecular mechanisms of DNA recombination and repair in prokaryotes

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Research in the Laboratory is focused to the function and regulation of central and peripheral serotonin systems, with areas of research interest ranging from the gene regulation, through cellular and extracellular signalling to animal behaviour. Another research focus is pathophysiology of the cerebrospinal fluid at the experimental and clinical level.

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Our research is focused on satellite DNAs and other repetitive DNA sequences with the goal to understand their structure, evolutionary mechanisms, functionality and impact on genome dynamics and plasticity. Current research is done on different invertebrate model organisms, namely, root-knot nematodes, bivalve mollusks and insects (tenebrionid beetles).

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Andreja Ambriović Ristov
Ph.D.

Senior Associated Researcher
+385 1 457 1240

Mariastefania Antica
Prof.dr.sc.

znanstveni savjetnik
+385 1 456 1065

Vlatka Antolović
dipl.ing.

research assistant
+385 1 457 1350

Helena Bilandžija
BSc

assistant
+385 1 457 1239

Josip Brajković
PhD

assistant
+385 1 457 1264

Anamaria Brozović
PhD

scientific associate
+385 1 456 1145

Branka Bruvo-Mađarić
dr. sc.

research assistant
+385 1 457 1273

Helena Ćetković
dr. sc.

senior research associate
+385 1 456 1115

Tihana De Zan
B. Sc.

Research Fellow, Assistant
+385 1 456 1145

Tomislav Domazet-Lošo
Dr. rer. nat.

research scientist, assistant professor

Damir Đermić
Ph.D.

Research Associate
+385 1 456 1037

Želimira Filić

research assistant
+385 1 456 1111

Hrvoje Fulgosi
Prof. dr.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1019

Mirna Imešek

+385 1 457 1239

Snježana Jurić
PhD

senior assistant
+385 1 456 1019

Marija Kober

+385 1 456 1177

Dragomira Majhen
dr.sc.

research associate
+385 1 456 1145

Maja Marinović
B.Sc

PhD student
+385 1 457 1324

Snježana Mihaljević
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1143

Andreja Mikoč
Dr. sc.

Research Associate
+385 1 456 1115

Brankica Mravinac
PhD

Research Associate
+385 1 457 1273

Darko Orešković
dr. sc.

Senior research associate
+385 1 468 0218

Maja Osmak
Ph. D.

Senior Scientist
+385 1 456 0939

Tina Paradžik
PhD

assistant
+385 1 457 1258

Željka Pezer
dr. sc.

Research assistant
+385 1 457 1264

Jasenka Piljac Žegarac
Ph.D.

Research Associate
+385 1 456 0987

Bruna Pleše
dr. sc.

Senior assistant
+385 1 457 1239

Sanjica Rak
PhD

Assistant
+385 1 456 1145

Jelena Repar

+385 1 457 1316

Branka Salopek Sondi
Dr.sc.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1143

Marija-Mary Sopta
Dr.sc.

Senior research associate
+385 1 456 0948

Ivana Steiner

+385 1 456 1145

Nikolina Stojanović
B.Sc.

research assistant
+385 1 456 1145

Dunja Šamec
PhD

senior research assistant
+385 1 456 0987

Eva Šatović
dr.sc.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
+385 1 457 1322

Ana Šimatović
B. Sc.

research assistant
+385 1 456 1099

Marko Šoštar

+385 1 457 1324

Iva Tolić
PhD

Senior Scientist (equivalent to Full Professor), Research Group Leader

Ana Tomašić Paić
PhD

senior assistant
+385 1 456 1019

Ignacija Vlašić
PhD

research assistant
+385 1 456 1099

Lea Vojta
PhD

Research Associate
+385 1 468 0238

Dušica Vujaklija
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 457 1258

Igor Weber
PhD

senior scientist
+385 1 457 1219

Davor Zahradka
Ph. D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 0971

Ksenija Zahradka
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 0971