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1999. BSc Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb

2001. MSc biotechnical science; Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb

2005. PhD biotechnical science; Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb

2007 postDoc Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology

2008/9 postDoc «Cavanilles» Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology - University of Valencia

Research Areas

Specific research interests


A multiphasic approach for deciphering the microbial ecology and biotechnological potential of hot springs in Croatia


COST Action: "Systems Biocatalysis"

COST Action: "Microbial ecology & the earth system: collaborating for insight and success with the new generation of sequencing tools"

COST Action: "Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management"

Biodiversity and biotechnological characterization of bacteria of the Adriatic Sea

Seasonal changes in picoplankton composition in the Northern Adriatic Sea as assessed by CARD-FISH and fingerprinting

Functional analyssis and molecular characterization of yeast

Temporal and spatial dynamics of prokaryotic communities inhabiting Adriatic solar salterns

Awards and Achievements

National Annual Science Awards in the field of biotechnical science (for 2003) for the young researchers

Alpe Adria grant – visiting- Department of Food Science, Udine, Italy 

FEMS visiting grant – Department of Biotechnology, IATA, Valencia, Spain

FEMS Young Scientist Grant

FEMS Invited Speaker Meeting Grant


Books and book chapters

Book chapters

  • Orlić, S. (2019) Microbial diversity of sponge/Coral microbiome. U: Li, Z. (ur.) Symbiotic Microbiomes of Coral Reefs Sponges and Corals. Amsterdam, Springer, str. 29-41 doi:10.1007/978-94-024-1612-1_3.

  • Jokanović, S., Huter, A. & Orlić, S. (2017) Bacterial Diversity of the Boka Kotorska Bay. U: Joksimović, A., Djurović, M., Semenov, A., Zonn, I., Kostianoy, A. & (ur.) The Boka Kotorska Bay Environment. Berlin, Springer, str. 151-168.

  • Orlić, S. & Jeromel, A. (2010) Wine technology. U: Grba, S. (ur.) Kvasci u biotehnološkoj proizvodnji. Zagreb, Plejada, str. 131-188.

  • Grba, S. & Orlić, S. (2010) Yeast systematics. U: Grba, S. (ur.) Kvasci u biotehnološkoj proizvodnji. Zagreb, Plejada, str. 15-37.

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Conference proceedings papers

Scientific conference proceedings papers

  • Arroyo-Lopez, F., Orlić, S., Belloch, C., Querol, A. & Barrio, E. (2008) Influence of temperature, pH and sugar concentration on the growth of wine yeasts for the industrial sector. U: Fernandez-Salguero Carretero J., Garcia Gimeno, R., Medina Canalejo, L. & Cabezas Redondo, L. (ur.)XVI Congreso Nacional de Microbiologia de los Alimentos.

  • Orlić, S., Kozlović, G., Jeromel, A. & Redžepović, S. (2005) Acacia barrels - new approach form improvement of Istrian Malvasia wines. U: Blair, R.J., Williams, P.J., Pretorius, I.S. (ur.)Australian Wine industry Technical Conference Confrence Proceedings.

  • Orlić, S., Redžepović, S., Golub, D. & Stipić, N. (2005) Microbiological quality of raw milk from producers of Đurđevac region. U: 40. znanstveni skup hrvatskih agronoma s međunarodnim sudjelovanjem.

  • Orlić, S. & Redžepović, S. (2005) Occurrence of Brettanomyces spp. from Croatian grapes and wines. U: Blair, R.J., Williams, P.J., Pretorius, I.S. (ur.)Australian Wine industry Technical Conference Confrence Proceedings.


Doctoral dissertation

  • Orlić, S. (2005) 'Origin and identification of Brettanomyces spp. in wine', doktorska disertacija, Agronomski fakultet, Zagreb.

Master thesis

  • Orlić, S. (2001) 'Selection of Saccharomyces sensu stricto indigenous strain from Zagreb wine region', magistarski rad, Agronomski fakultet, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Microbiological Society;         

Croatian Society of Biotechnology;

Croatian Society of biochemistry and molecular biology;

European Society of Biotechnology;

American Society of Microbiology

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