Dr. Brankica Mravinac
P.O. Box 180
2006 postdoctoral training; Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
2004 Ph.D. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular biology
2000 M.Sc. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology
1996 B.Sc. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Molecular Biology
2020 - 2024 "Satellite DNA evolution illuminated by high-throughput satellitome analyses of related species" (Croatian Science Foundation) – Principal Investigator
2020 - 2024 "(Epi)genomics and transcriptomics of euchromatic satellite DNAs in embryogenesis and development (Croatian Science Foundation)" – participant
2019 - 2022 "Development of genomic markers for rapid identification of parasitic nematodes and effective methods of pest control" (Adris Foundation) - participant
2015 - 2020 "Invertebrate centromere genomics" (Croatian Science Foundation) - participant
2013 - 2016 "Enhancement of the Innovation Potential in SEE through New Molecular Solutions in Research and Development" (FP7-REGPOT) - secondment
2013 - 2014 "Development of DNA markers for identifying commercially important mollusk species Ruditapes decussatus in the Adriatic Sea" (Adris Foundation) – Principal Investigator
2007 - 2013 "Evolution, properties and functional interactions of satellite DNA sequences" (Croatian Ministry of Science) - participant
2002 - 2006 "Organization of heterochromatic DNA sequences in invertebrate genomes" (Croatian Ministry of Science) - participant
1996 - 2002 "Organization and evolution of eukaryotic genome" (Croatian Ministry of Science) - participant
Awards and Achievements
2020 Annual Award of the Ruđer Bošković Institute for best scientific papers
2010 Annual Award of the Ruđer Bošković Institute for best scientific papers
2009 - present "Non-coding DNA sequences in eukaryotic genomes" course; Doctoral programme of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
2003 - 2013 Methodological courses in biology and medicine; Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb
Volarić M, Despot-Slade E, Veseljak D, Meštrović N, Mravinac B (2022) Reference-guided de novo genome assembly of the flour beetle Tribolium freemani. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 23:5869
Volarić M, Veseljak D, Mravinac B, Meštrović N, Despot-Slade E (2021) Isolation of high molecular weight DNA from the model beetle Tribolium for Nanopore sequencing. Genes 12:1114.
Despot-Slade E, Mravinac B, Širca S, Castagnone-Sereno P, Plohl M, Meštrović N (2021) The centromere histone is conserved and associated with tandem repeats sharing a conserved 19-bp Box in the holocentromere of Meloidogyne nematodes. Mol Biol Evol. 38:1943-1965.
Gržan T, Despot-Slade E, Meštrović N, Plohl M, Mravinac B (2020) CenH3 distribution reveals extended centromeres in the model beetle Tribolium castaneum. PLoS Genet. 16(10):e1009115.
García-Souto D, Mravinac B, Šatović E, Plohl M, Morán P, Pasantes JJ (2017) Methylation profile of a satellite DNA constituting the intercalary G+C-rich heterochromatin of the cut trough shell Spisula subtruncata (Bivalvia, Mactridae). Sci Rep. 7:6930.
Nerlović V, Korlević M, Mravinac B (2016) Morphological and molecular differences between the invasive bivalve Ruditapes philippinarum (Adams & Reeve, 1850) and the native species Ruditapes decussatus (Linnaeus, 1758) from the northeastern Adriatic Sea. J Shellfish Res 35: 31-39.
Meštrović N, Mravinac B, Pavlek M, Vojvoda-Zeljko T, Šatović E, Plohl M (2015) Structural and functional liaisons between transposable element s and satellite DNAs. Chromosome Res. 23: 583-596.
Plohl M, Meštrović N, Mravinac B (2014) Centromere identity from the DNA point of view. Chromosoma 123: 313-325.
Plohl M, Meštrović N, Mravinac B (2012) Satellite DNA evolution. Genome Dyn. 7: 126-152.
Mravinac B, Meštrović N, Čavrak VV, Plohl, M (2011) TCAGG, an alternative telomeric sequence in insects. Chromosoma 120:367-376.
Mravinac B, Plohl M (2010) Parallelism in evolution of highly repetitive DNAs in sibling species. Mol. Biol. Evol. 27:1857-1867.
Mravinac B, Sullivan LL, Reeves JW, Yan CM, Kopf KS, Farr CJ, Schueler MG, Sullivan BA (2009) Histone modifications within the human X centromere region. PLoS One 4:e6602.
Kim JH, Ebersole T, Kouprina N, Noskov VN, Ohzeki J, Masumoto H, Mravinac B, Sullivan BA, Pavlicek A, Dovat S, Pack S, Kwon YW, Flanagan PT, Loukinov D, Lobanenkov V, Larionov V (2009) Human gamma-satellite DNA maintains open chromatin structure and protects a transgene from epigenetic silencing. Genome Res. 19:533-544.
Mravinac B, Plohl M (2007) Satellite DNA junctions identify the potential origin of new repetitive elements in the beetle Tribolium madens. Gene 394: 45-52.
Mravinac B, Plohl M, Ugarković Ð (2005) Preservation and high sequence conservation of satellite DNAs suggest functional constraints. J. Mol. Evol. 61: 542-550.
Mravinac B, Ugarković Ð, Franjević D, Plohl M (2005) Long inversely oriented subunits form a complex monomer of Tribolium brevicornis satellite DNA. J. Mol. Evol60: 513-525.
Mravinac B, Plohl M, Ugarković Ð (2004) Conserved patterns in the evolution of Tribolium satellite DNAs. Gene 332: 169-177.
Mravinac B, Plohl M, Meštrović N, Ugarković Ð (2002) Sequences of PRAT satellite DNA "frozen" in some coleopteran species. J. Mol. Evol 54: 774-783.
Meštrović N, Plohl M, Mravinac B, Ugarković Ð (1998) Evolution of satellite DNAs from the genus Palorus - experimental evidence for the “library” hypothesis. Mol. Biol. Evol. 15: 1062-1068.
Membership in professional associations / societies
Croatian Genetic Society