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Brankica Mravinac

PhD

+385 1 457 1273

1445
1603
Research Associate

Krilo 5/117

Bijenicka cesta 54
P.O. Box 180
HR-10002 Zagreb
CROATIA

Education

2006    postdoctoral training; Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA)

2004    Ph.D.   University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular biology

2000    M.Sc.   University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology

1996    B.Sc.    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular Biology

Research Areas

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Phylogenetics

Specific research interests

heterochromatin, repetitive dna sequences, satellite dna evolution

Featured Publications

Mravinac B, Meštrović N, Čavrak VV, 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.

Mravinac B, Sullivan LL, Reeves JW, Yan CM, Kopf KS, Farr CJ, Schueler MG, Sullivan BA (2009) Histone modifications within the human X centromere region. PLoS One 4:e6602.

Kim JH, Ebersole T, Kouprina N, Noskov VN, Ohzeki J, Masumoto H,   Mravinac B, Sullivan BA, Pavlicek A, Dovat S, Pack S, Kwon YW, Flanagan PT, Loukinov D, Lobanenkov V, Larionov V (2009) Human gamma-satellite DNA maintains open chromatin structure and protects a transgene from epigenetic silencing. Genome Res. 19:533-544.

Mravinac B, Plohl M (2007) Satellite DNA junctions identify the potential origin of new repetitive elements in the beetle Tribolium madens. Gene 394: 45-52. 

Mravinac B, Plohl M, Ugarković Ð (2005) Preservation and high sequence conservation of satellite DNAs suggest functional constraints. J. Mol. Evol. 61: 542-550.

Mravinac B, Ugarković Ð, Franjević D, Plohl M (2005) Long inversely oriented subunits form a complex monomer of Tribolium brevicornis satellite DNA. J. Mol. Evol 60: 513-525.

Mravinac B, Plohl M, Ugarković Ð (2004) Conserved patterns in the evolution of Tribolium satellite DNAs. Gene 332: 169-177. 

Mravinac B, Plohl M, Meštrović N, Ugarković Ð (2002) Sequences of  PRAT s atellite DNA "frozen" in some coleopteran species. J. Mol. Evol 54: 774-783.

Meštrović N, Plohl M, Mravinac B, Ugarković Ð (1998) Evolution of satellite DNAs from the genus Palorus - experimental evidence for the “library” hypothesis. Mol. Biol. Evol. 15: 1062-1068.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Genetics Society

Croatian Biochemical Society

The Society for Experimental Biology