Dr. Dunja Šamec

Research associate
Telephone
+385 1 456 1002
Internal phone number
1202
Address
Bijenička cesta 54, 10 000 Zagreb
Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 2009-2013: University J.J. Strosmayer Osijek/Ruder Boskovic Institute/University of Dubrovnik, Doctoral study on Molecular Bioscience
    • Plant biology: PhD in biology
  • 2003-2008: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, double major: 
    • Food Engineering: Master of Food Engineering
    • Nutrition: Master of Nutrition
  • 1999-2003: First Gymnasium Varazdin

TRAINING ABROAD (more than 2 weeks):

  • 2014-2016 (24 months), 2010/2011 (6 months)- Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
  • 2011(4 weeks), 2012 (2months), 2014 (2 weeks)- Institute of Botany, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • 2009/2010 (3 months)- Faculty of Science, Palacký University and the Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Laboratory of Growth Regulators, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Research Areas

Specific research interests

Projects

  • 2017-2019- UKF 1C My First Collaboration Grant "Metabolomic and transcriptomic response of  kale to low temperature stress"
  • 2014-2017- NEWFELPRO Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND “Evaluating Metabolic Diversity to Understand Plant Adaptations to a Changing Environment (PlantMS)“
  • 2010/2011- UKF 2A Gaining experience grant “Identification of bioactive metabolites in medicinal plants and their In vitro propagation
  • 2010/2011- Fellowships for Doctoral Student, Croatian National Science Foundation, "Isolation and characterization of bioactive metabolites from medicinal plants grown in the greenhouse and in vitro by plant tissue culture"
  • 2009/2010- Fellowships for Doctoral Student, Croatian National Science Foundation “Bioactive compounds and antimicrobial activity of plants”

Awards and Achievements

2016

ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) travel grant for attending Plant Biology 2016 in Austin-TX, USA

Croatian Women of Influence Awardin the fields of science and technology

2015

Croatian National Science Award- thehighest scientific honor for Junior Researchers in Croatia

2014

NEWFELPRO Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUNDgrant for a project “Evaluating Metabolic Diversity to Understand Plant Adaptations to a Changing Environment (PlantMS)“, project will be funded till 2017.

2013

FEBS (Federation of European biochemical societies) Bursaries grantfor attending 38th FEBS Congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia

BioVision Next Fellowshipfor 100 the best young scientiest in the field of Life sciences for attending Biovision Life Science Forum in Lyon, France

2012

FESPB (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology) travel grantfor attending Plant Biology Congress 2012 in Freiburg, Germany

2011

IUPAC travel grantfor attending Euroanalysis 16 in Belgrade, Serbia

2010

UKF 2A Gaining experience grant for a project “Identification of bioactive metabolites in medicinal plants and there In vitro propagation“

Fellowships for Doctoral Studentawarded by the Croatian National Science Foundation for a project "Isolation and characterization of bioactive metabolites from medicinal plants grown in the greenhouse and in vitro by plant tissue culture"

2009

Fellowships for Doctoral Studentawarded by the Croatian National Science Foundation for a project “Bioactive compounds and antimicrobial activity of plants”

CertificatefromRotary club Varaždinas finalist of the competition for the best diploma thesies in 2008

2008

Top 10% of 2008 graduating classat Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology

First place andgold medalin undergraduate student research at the XII. International competition in student research projects

Dean’s award

First placein “Case study” competition atBEST Engineers days

2007

Scholarshipsfor the best student attending a biotech faculty from theBiotechnical Foundation

Rector’s award

2004

Scholarship for the best Croatian studentsawarded by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia

Publications

Knjige i poglavlja u knjigama

Poglavlja u knjigama

  • Šamec, D. & Ćavar Zeljković, S. (2019) Analytical methods focused on studying phytonutrients in food. U: Nabavi, S., Suntar, I., Barreca, D. & Khan, H. (ur.) Phytonutrients in Food- From Traditional to Rational Usage. Duxford, United Kingdom, Elsevier- Woodhead Publishing, str. 237-244 doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-815354-3.00009-5.

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  • Šamec, D. & Salopek-Sondi, B. (2019) Cruciferous (Brassicaceae) vegetables. U: Nabavi, S. & Sanches-Silva, A. (ur.) Nonvitamin and Nonmineral Nutritional Supplements. Amsterdam, Nizozemska, Academic Press, str. 195-202 doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-812491-8.00027-8.

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  • Salopek-Sondi, B., Pavlović, I., Smolko, A. & Šamec, D. (2017) Auxin as mediator in abiotic stress responses. U: Pandey, G. (ur.) Mechanism of Plant Hormone Signaling Under Stress. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., str. 3-36.

  • Piljac Žegarac, J., Šamec, D. & Piljac, A. (2013) Herbal teas : a focus on antioxidant properties. U: Preedy, V. (ur.) Tea in health and disease prevention. London, Academic press, str. 129-140 doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384937-3.00011-2.

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Radovi u časopisima

Znanstveni i pregledni radovi

Radovi u zbornicima skupova

Znanstveni radovi u zbornicima skupova

  • Piljac Žegarac, J., Martinez, S., Valek, L., Stipčević, T., Belščak, A. & Šamec, D. (2008) Total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity of Croatian food products-an overview. U: Tomas, S. & Hasenay, D. (ur.)Znanost i nove tehnologije u razvoju gospodarstva.

Ocjenski radovi

Doktorske disertacije

  • Šamec, D. (2013) 'Phytochemical and genetic investigation of endemic species Teucrium arduini, Moltkia petraea, Micromeria croatica and Rhamnus intermedia', doktorska disertacija, Sveučilišni poslijediplomski interdisciplinarni doktorski studij Molekularne bioznanosti, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Croatian society of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Croatian Society for Plant Biology

Member of the organization committee:

  • "Znanstveni susreti treće vrste" held in Zagreb at Ruder Boskovic Institute July 7.-8., 2011
  • "1st International Symposium of Biotech Students" held in Zagreb at faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, September 24-26, 2009

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