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  • 2015-2017       postdoc University of Maryland, USA (Jeffery lab)
  • 2007-2013       PhD, Biology, Ruđer Bošković Institute, University of Osijek, Croatia
  • 1999-2005       BSc, Biology - Ecology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Specific research interests


  • 2019–2024: TTPP grant: Evolution in the dark. PI. Total amount granted: ~ 1,000,000 EUR.
  • 2014–2017: NEWFELPRO postdoctoral grant: Evolution of albinism in cave-adapted animals. PI. Total amount granted ~ 118,000 EUR.
  • 2015–2019: HRZZ grant "Elucidating animal development, differentiation and evolution through basal metazoan genomics". collaborator, (PI: Kristian Vlahoviček, Helena Ćetković)
  • 2007–2013: Ministry of Science, Technology and Sports, Republic of Croatia grant "Genes and genomes: structure, function and evolution". Collaborator, (PI: Helena Ćetković)

Awards and Achievements

  • 2014 – 2017 University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. Postdoctoral fellowship NEWFELPRO; funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND and the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education
  • 2014. Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany. EMBO Short Term Fellowship
  • 2014. Embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA. The Company of Biologists Ltd Scholarship
  • 2013. „For women in science“ L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowship
  • 2012. Best poster at the 21st International Conference on Subterranean Biology


Books and book chapters

Authored books

  • Jalžić, B., Čuković Malenica, T., Mihoci, T., Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Bregović, P., Dražina, T., Jalžić, V., Komerički, A., Kovač Konrad, P., Kutleša, P., Lukić, M., Malenica Čepelak, M., Miculinić, K., Pavlek, M., Perkić, D. & Sudar, V. (2021) Caves of the island Mljet in pictures and words. Zagreb, Nacionalni park Mljet ; Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo.

  • Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Hamidović, D., Cvitanović, H., Dražina, T., Jalžić, B., Jalžić, V., Kovač Konrad, P., Lukić, M., Miculinić, K., Ozimec, R. & Pavleka Martina (2009) World Under World: Cave Fauna Biodiversity in Ogulin and Kamanje – Globally Important Subterranean Heritage Hidden in Karlovac County. Zagreb, Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo.

  • Ozimec, R., Bedek, J., Gottstein, S., Jalžić, B., Slapnik, R., Štamol, V., Bilandžija, H., Dražina, T., Kletečki, E., Komerički, A., Lukić, M. & Pavlek, M. (2009) Red book of Croatian cave dwelling fauna. Zagreb, Ministarstvo kulture i medija Republike Hrvatske ; Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode.

Books and book chapters

Book chapters

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Conference proceedings papers

Scientific conference proceedings papers

  • Cukrov, M., Bilandžija, H., Cukrov, N. & Jalžić, B. (2011) Anchialine caves on Mljet island. U: Durbešić, P. & Benović, A. (ur.)ZBORNIK RADOVA SIMPOZIJA DANI BRANIMIRA GUŠIĆA – MLJET 2010. (


Doctoral dissertation

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Biospeleological Society

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