Davor Zahradka

Davor Zahradka

Ph. D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 0971


Krilo 5/102

Department of Molecular Biology
Ruđer Bošković Institute
Bijenička 54
10000 Zagreb


1991  B.Sc. in molecular biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

1994  M.Sc. in molecular and cellular biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

1999  Ph.D. in biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2002 Postdoctoral training in bacterial genetics, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris 6-7, Paris, France (Richard D'Ari group)


2014-2018: Research grant from the Croatian Science Foundation "DNA recombination, repair and maintenance of genome integrity: new pathways"

2007 - 2013:  Research grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports "Molecular mechanisms of DNA recombination and repair" 

1998 - 2000: Grant for young scientists from the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology: "The role of DNA recombination in the regulation of cell division in Escherichia coli"

Awards and Achievements

2002  NATO Science Program Fellowship  

1990  University of Zagreb Rector's Prize


Course "Genetic recombination and DNA repair", PhD Studies in Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Course "Mechanisms of DNA damage and repair", PhD Studies in Molecular Biosciences, University of Osijek, University of Dubrovnik and Ruđer Bošković Institute 

Featured Publications

Buljubašić, M., Zahradka, D., Zahradka, K. (2013) RecQ helicase acts before RuvABC, RecG and XerC proteins during recombination in recBC sbcBC mutants of Escherichia coli. Research in Microbiology 164: 987-997.

Repar, J., Briški, N., Buljubašić, M., Zahradka, K., Zahradka, D. (2013) Exonuclease VII is involved in “reckless” DNA degradation in UV-irradiated Escherichia coli. Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis 750:96-104.

Zahradka, K., Zahradka, D. (2013) Reckless DNA Degradation. In: S. Maloy, K. Hughes (eds). Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics, 2nd edition, Vol. 6. San Diego: Academic Press, p. 72-74.

Buljubašić, M., Repar, J., Zahradka, K., Đermić, D., Zahradka, D. (2012) RecF recombination pathway in Escherichia coli cells lacking RecQ, UvrD and HelD helicases. DNA Repair 11: 419-430.

Repar, J., Cvjetan, S., Slade, D., Radman, M., Zahradka, D., Zahradka, K. (2010) RecA protein assures fidelity of DNA repair and genome stability in Deinococcus radiodurans. DNA Repair 9: 1151-1161.

Zahradka, K., Buljubašić, M., Petranović, M., Zahradka, D. (2009) Roles of ExoI and SbcCD nucleases in "reckless" DNA degradation in recA mutants of Escherichia coliJournal of Bacteriology 191: 1677-1687.

Zahradka, K., Šimić, S., Buljubašić, M., Petranović, M., Đermić, D., Zahradka, D. (2006) sbcB15 and DsbcB mutations activate two types of RecF recombination pathway in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology 188: 7562-7571.

Viguera, E., Petranović, M., Zahradka, D., Germain, K., Ehrlich, D. S., Michel, B. (2003) Lethality of bypass polymerases in Escherichia coli cells with a defective clamp loader complex of DNA polymerase III. Molecular Microbiology 50: 193-204.

Zahradka, D., Zahradka, K., Petranović, M., Đermić, D., Brčić-Kostić, K. (2002) The RuvABC resolvase is indispensable for recombinational repair in sbcB15 mutants of Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology 184: 4141-4147.

Zahradka, D., Vlahović, K., Petranović, M., Petranović, D. (1999) Chromosome segregation and cell division defects in recBC sbcBC ruvC mutants of Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology 181: 6179-6183. 

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Genetic Society

Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Croatian Microbiological Society 


Mentor of five diploma students and one PhD student (University of Zagreb)

Reviewer for international scientific journals (Molecular Microbiology, Radiation Research, Archives of Microbiology)

Member of the Managing Board of the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS), Split, Croatia

Member of the Organizing /Scientific Committee of several scientific congresses and symposia

Member of the Croatian Government Expert Team for GMO risk assessment in environment