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Dr. Jasminka Štefulj

Head of laboratory
Telephone
+385 1 457 1350
Internal phone number
1615
1755
Academic title
Associate Professor
Address
Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology
Division of Molecular Biology
Rudjer Boskovic Institute
Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 2006-2008: postdoctoral fellow, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
  • 2005: PhD in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2000: MSc in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1997: BSc in Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Research Areas

Specific research interests

Projects

Principal investigator
  • 2018-2022: Influence of maternal metabolic state on placental and neonatal serotonin system: from DNA methylation to protein function (Croatian Science Foundation)
  • 2017-2018: Association between maternal emotional state in pregnancy and placental DNA methylation of serotonin-related genes (Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb)
  • 2016: Serotonin transporter gene regulation in the human placenta and establishment of a biobank for further research (Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb)
  • 2013-2014: Epigenetics of serotonin signaling: DNA methylation analyses of serotonin transporter, monoamine oxidase B and serotonin receptor 2A genes (Croatian-German mobility grant; MZOS, RH and DAAD, Germany; co-PIs: J. Stefulj, P. Zill)
  • 2012-2013: Transport of maternal serotonin across human placenta: studies on primary endothelial cells of human placental barrier (Croatian-Austrian mobility grant; MZOS, RH and OeAD, Austria; co-PIs: J. Stefulj, U. Panzenboeck)
  • 2010-2013: Serotonergic neurotransmission: genes, proteins and behaviour (MZOS, RH)
Associate
  • 2015-2019: Serotonergic modulation of obesity: cross-talk between regulatory molecules and pathways (Croatian Science Foundation)
  • 2012-2013: Identification of gene pathways involved in serotonergic modulation of body weight (TANITA Healthy Weight Community Trust, Japan)
  • 2010-2011: The mechanism of cholesterol action in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (MZOS, RH)
  • 2007-2010: Serotonergic neurotransmission: genes, proteins and behaviour (MZOS, RH)
  • 2006-2008: Nuclear receptors as lipid sensors at the blood-brain barrier (FWF, Austria)
  • 2002-2006: Molecular patophysiology of serotonergic transmission (MZOS, RH)
  • 1997-2001: Neurochemistry of synaptic transmission (MZOS, RH)

Awards and Achievements

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

Classes

Course leader
  • Synapse: from genes to proteins (postgraduate course, University of Zagreb School of Medicine)
  • Biological psychology I (undergraduate course, Catholic University of Croatia)
  • Epigenetics in psychology (undergraduate course, Catholic University of Croatia)
Co-lecturer
  • Biological psychology II (undergraduate course, Catholic University of Croatia)

Publications

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Theses

Doctoral dissertation

  • Štefulj, J. (2005) 'Tryptofan Hydroxylase : Polymorphism and Expression of the Gene in Altered Serotonergic Homeostasis', doktorska disertacija, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Master thesis

  • Štefulj, J. (2000) 'Serotonin and immune system: messenger RNA (mRNA) of serotonin receptors in rat immune cells', magistarski rad, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Croatian Genetic Society
  • Croatian Society for Neuroscience

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