Jasenka Piljac Žegarac

Jasenka Piljac Žegarac


+385 1 456 0987

Senior Research Associate

Krilo 5/314

Bijenička cesta 54
10 000 Zagreb


  • 1997. University of California at Davis, Davis, California, B.S. in biochemistry
  • 2002. Faculty of Science,University of Zagreb and University of California at Davis, Biology, Ph.D.in biology
  • Training: 
  • 2009.-2011. Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA (Prof. Bernd Markus Lange) Postdoctoral training

Awards and Achievements

  • 2008. Scientific Research Excellence Award / Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
  • 1997. Top 10% of graduating class, UC Davis, Graduated with honors
  • 1996. California grant A
  • 1996/97. Tracy and Ruth Storer Scholarship
  • 1996. National Dean's List Award
  • 1995/96. Tracy and Ruth Storer Scholarship
  • 1995/96. UC Regents scholarship
  • 1993. Novo Nordisk Biotech Scholarship Award

Featured Publications

  • Šamec, D. and Piljac-Žegarac, J.*(2015) Fluctuations in the levels of antioxidant compounds and antioxidant capacity of ten small fruits during one year of frozen storage.International Journal of Food Properties, 18(1):21-3Cuthbertson, 
  • Cuthbertson, D., Johnson, S. R., Piljac-Žegarac, J., Kappel, J. Schäfer, S., Wüst, M., Ketchum, R. E. B., Croteau, R. B., Marques, J. V., Davin, L. B., Lewis, N. G., Rolf, M., Kutchan, T. M., Soejarto, D. D., Lange, B.M. (2013) Accurate mass-time tag library for LC/MS-based metabolite profiling of medicinal plants.Phytochemistry,91:187-197.
  • Cuthbertson, D.,Piljac-Žegarac, J., Lange, B.M. (2012) Validation of a Microscale Extraction and High Throughput Analysis of Huperzine A inHuperzia.Biomedical Chromatography, 26 (10): 1191-1195.
  • Piljac-Žegarac, J. *; Šamec, D. (2011) Antioxidant stability of small fruits in postharvest storage at room and refrigerator temperatures. Food Research International, 44(1): 345-350.
  • Piljac-Žegarac, J. *; Valek, L.; Stipčević, T.; Martinez, S. (2010) Electrochemical determination of antioxidant capacity of fruit tea infusions. Food Chemistry, 121(3): 820-825.
  • Piljac-Žegarac, J. *; Belščak, A.; Piljac A. (2009) Antioxidant capacity and polyphenolic content of blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) leaf infusions. Journal of Medicinal Food 12(3): 1-7.
  • Piljac-Žegarac, J. *; Valek, L.; Martinez, S.; Belščak, A. (2009) Fluctuations in the phenolic content and antioxidant capacity of dark fruit juices in refrigerated storage. Food Chemistry 113: 394-400.

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Croatian society for plant biology
  • Society of the food technologists, biotechnologists and nutritionists



  • Food Technology and Biotechnology, field editor, 2009 -

Mentorship of defended doctoral and master dissertations and training of young researchers and scientists:

  • Ana Lučić (2009)
  • Anita Jurić (2009)
  • Nikolina Bukovac (2008)
  • Dunja Šamec (2008) 

Reviewer for many international scientific journals indexed in Current Contents:

  • Food Chemistry
  • Journal of Agricultural andFood Chemistry
  • American Journal of Enology and Viticulture
  • Journal of Food Biochemistry
  • International Journal of Food Science and Technology
  • Food Technology and Biotechnology
  • Journal of Food Quality
  • Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Food and Function
  • Nutrition Research
  • Molecules
  • Canadian Journal of Plant Science
  • Kemija u Industriji (non-CC)

Project evaluator:

  • Slovenian Research Agency (2013-current)
  • Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (2011-current)
  • European Science Foundation pool of reviewers (2009-2010 and 2010-2011)
  • Ministry of Science, Education and Sports , HITRA-Test (2009)