Martin Sebastijan Šestak

Martin Sebastijan Šestak

dr. sc.

Senior assistant


Krilo 5/110

Ruđer Bošković Institute
Bijenička cesta 54
10000 Zagreb

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    2008. – 2013.     • Doctoral thesis in genetics, evolution and phylogeny: “Phylostratigraphic analysis of the macroevolutionary history of organ systems in animals”; Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Main topics: Evolution, Evo-Devo, Bioinformatics, Genomics and Zoology.
Supervisor: Dr. rer. nat. Tomislav Domazet-Lošo.

   2002. - 2007.      • Undergraduate studies at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Main topics: Molecular biology, Biochemistry and Zoology.
Diploma thesis: Phylostratigraphic analysis of the Ciona intestinalis genome.
Supervisor: Prof. dr. sc. Krunoslav Brčić-Kostić.

1998. - 2002.      • First Gymnasium, Varaždin, Croatia

Specific research interests


Awards and Achievements

07.-08..07.2011.     • First prize for poster at Scientific meetings of the third kind 2011, Institut “Ruđer Bošković”.

2003. -2007.             •A-Class Scholarship for Excellent Students of University of Zagreb (award for being in top 10% of students on entrance exam).

23. - 26.05.2002.    • Second prize (Ecology) at the Croatian meeting and competition of young biologists 2002 with the study: “Changes in the composition of fish populations of river Bednja as an ecological problem”. Supervisor: Vlatka Kranjčec, prof., First Gymnasium Varaždin

Featured Publications

Šestak MS, Božičević V, Bakarić R, Dunjko V, Domazet-Lošo T. 2013. Phylostratigraphic profiles reveal a deep evolutionary history of the vertebrate head sensory systems. Front Zool 10:18.

Membership in professional associations / societies

2007. - today              • Member of the Croatian Society for Theoretical and Mathematical Biology

2012. - 2014.      • Treasurer of the Croatian Society for Theoretical and Mathematical Biology