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Dr. Davor Zahradka

Head of laboratory
+385 1 456 0971
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Department of Molecular Biology
Ruđer Bošković Institute
Bijenička 54
10000 Zagreb


1991  B.Sc. in molecular biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

1994  M.Sc. in molecular and cellular biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

1999  Ph.D. in biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2002 Postdoctoral training in bacterial genetics, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris 6-7, Paris, France (Richard D'Ari group)

Research Areas

Specific research interests


2014-2018 "DNA recombination, repair and maintenance of genome integrity: new pathways" (IP-11-2013-2978), Croatian Science Foundation - PI

2007-2013 "Molecular mechanisms of DNA recombination and repair", Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports - PI 

2002-2006 "Regulation of recombination and recombinational DNA repair", Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports - associate  

1998-2000 "Role of DNA recombination in the regulation of cell division in Escherichia coli", Young Scientist Grant, Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology - PI

Awards and Achievements

2002  NATO Science Program Fellowship  

1990  University of Zagreb Rector's Prize


Course "Genetic recombination and DNA repair", PhD Studies in Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Course "Mechanisms of DNA damage and repair", PhD Studies in Molecular Biosciences, University of Osijek, University of Dubrovnik and Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb 


Journal articles

Scientific and review papers


Doctoral dissertation

  • Zahradka, D. (1999) 'The role of genetic recombination in regulation of cell division in Escherichia coli', doktorska disertacija, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Genetic Society

Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Croatian Microbiological Society 

Member of the Managing Board of the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS), Split, Croatia

Member of the RBI expert team (authorized by the Croatian Ministry of Health) for GMO risk assessment in the environment

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