Jasminka Štefulj

Jasminka Štefulj

+385 1 457 1350

1615
1755

Krilo 5/231

Ruđer Bošković Institute
Bijenička cesta 54
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

Bibliography

Stefulj CV irb web.pdf 33.58 kB

Education

  • 1997 BSc in medical biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2000 MSc in molecular biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2005 PhD in biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2006-2008 Post-Doc, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Research Areas

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience

Specific research interests

gene regulation, neurogenetics, serotonin

Projects

Serotonergic neurotransmission: genes, proteins and behavior (Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Croatia; 2010-2013)

Transport of serotonin across placenta: studies on primary endothelial cells of human placental barrier (Croatian-Austrian bilateral project; 2012/2013)

Epigenetics of serotonin signalling: DNA methylation analyses of serotonin transporter, monoamine oxidase B and serotonin receptor 2A (Croatian-German bilateral project; 2013/2014)

Awards and Achievements

  • Rector's Award (University of Zagreb, 1995)
  • OeAD Fellowship (Republic of Austria, 1998/1999)
  • Visiting Scientists Program Fellowship (BankAustria, 2010/2011)

Classes

Synapse - from genes to proteins, PhD study in Neuroscience, Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb (course leader)

Biological Psychology I, BSc study in Psychology, Croatian Catholic University (course leader)

Biological Psychology II, BSc study in Psychology, Croatian Catholic University (co-lecturer)

Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics, BSc study in Psychology, Croatian Catholic University (course leader)

Featured Publications

1. Stefulj J, Bordukalo-Niksic T, Hecimovic H, Demarin V, Jernej B (2010) Epilepsy and serotonin (5HT): variations of 5HT-related genes in temporal lobe epilepsy. Neurosci Lett 478, 29-31.

2. Stefulj J*, Panzenboeck U*, Becker T, Hirschmugl B, Schweinzer C, Lang I, Marsche G, Sadjak A, Lang U, Desoye G, Wadsack C (2009) Human endothelial cells of the placental barrier efficiently deliver cholesterol to the fetal circulation via ABCA1 and ABCG1. Circ Res 104, 600-608. (*equal ontribution)

3. Stefulj J, Kubat M, Balija M, Jernej B (2006) TPH gene polymorphism and ageing: indication of combined effect on the predisposition to violent suicide. Am J Med Genet B 141, 139-141.

4. Stefulj J, Buttner A, Skavic J, Zill P, Balija M, Eisenmenger W, Bondy B, Jernej B (2004) Serotonin 1B (5HT-1B) receptor polymorphism (G861C) in suicide victims: association studies in German and Slavic population. Am J Med Genet B 127, 48-50.

5. Hranilovic D, Stefulj J, Schwab S, Borrmann-Hassenbach M, Albus M, Jernej B, Wildenauer D (2004) Serotonin transporter promoter and intron 2 polymorphisms: relationship between allelic variants and gene expression. Biol Psychiat 55, 1090-1094.

6. Hranilovic D, Stefulj J, Furac I, Kubat M, Balija M, Jernej B (2003) Serotonin transporter gene promoter (5-HTTLPR) and intron 2 (VNTR) polymorphisms in suicide victims of Croatian origin. Biol Psychiat 54, 884-889.

7. Stefulj J, Hoertner M, Meenakshi G, Schauenstein K, Rinner I, Woelfler A, Semmler J, Liebmann PM (2001) Gene expression of the key enzymes of melatonin synthesis in extrapineal tissues of the rat. J Pineal Res 30, 243-247.

8. Stefulj J, Jernej B, Cicin-Sain L, Rinner I, Schauenstein K (2000) mRNA expression of serotonin receptors in cells of the immune tissues of the rat. Brain Behav Immun 14, 219-224.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Miscellaneous

Associate editor of Translational Neuroscience (http://www.versita.com/tn)