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Dr. Dubravka Švob Štrac

Deputy President of the Expert Scientific Council for Biomedicine
Head of laboratory
+385 1 457 1365
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Academic title
Associate Professor
Rudjer Boskovic Institute
Division of Molecular Medicine
Laboratory for Molecular Neuropsychiatry
Bijenicka 54
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Curriculum vitae


1998. - B. Sc. degree in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2004. - M.Sc. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2007. - Ph.D. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2011. - Specialist of Project Management, Accredited College of Business and Management, Zapresic, Croatia

Research Areas

Specific research interests


2009. –present - project financed by Croatian Ministry od Science, Education  and Sports - “Stress, GABA-A and mechanisms of neuropsychoactive drugs”


associate in “Neuroimmunology” classes at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Books and book chapters

Book chapters

  • Tudor, L., Konjevod, M., Nikolac Perković, M., Švob Štrac, D., Nedić Erjavec, G., Uzun, S., Kozumplik, O., Šagud, M., Kovačić Petrović, Z. & Pivac, N. (2020) Genetic variants of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor and metabolic indices inveterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. U: Frye, R., Rose, S., Martorell, L. & Boles, R. (ur.) Metabolic ad Immune Disorders Associated with Psychiatric Disease: Potential Etiology and Pathway for Treatment. Lausanne, Frontiers Media, str. 5-17 doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00637.
  • Šagud, M., Tudor, L., Uzun, S., Nikolac Perković, M., Živković, M., Konjevod, M., Kozumplik, O., Vuksan Ćusa, B., Švob Štrac, D., Radoš, I., Mimica, N., Mihaljević Peleš, A., Nedić Erjavec, G. & Pivac, N. (2020) Haplotypic and genotypic association of catechol-o-methyltransferase rs4680 and rs4818 polymorphisms and treatment resistance in schizophrenia. U: Manchia, M. & Carpiniello, B. (ur.) Decreasing the impact of treatment resistance in schizophrenia: Identifying novel molecular targets/pathways to increase treatment efficacy. Lausanne, Frontiers Media, str. 8-21 doi:10.3389/fphar.2018.00705.

  • Nedić Erjavec, G., Nikolac Perković, M., Tudor, L., Švob Štrac, D. & Pivac, N. (2020) Neurotransmitter and neurotrophic biomarkers in combat related PTSD. U: Updesh, K. (ur.) The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health. London : Delhi, Routledge ; Taylor & Francis, str. 467-481 doi:10.4324/9780429281266-31.

  • Nedić Erjavec, G., Švob Štrac, D., Tudor, L., Konjevod, M., Šagud, M. & Pivac, N. (2019) Genetic Markers in Psychiatry. U: Kim, Y. (ur.) Frontiers in Psychiatry: Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine, and Other Paradigm Shifts. Singapur, Springer, str. 53-93 doi:10.1007/978-981-32-9721-0_4.

  • Nedić Erjavec, G., Nikolac Perković, M., Švob Štrac, D. & Pivac, N. (2017) Biomarkers of treatment response in depression. U: Yong-Ku, K. (ur.) Major Depressive Disorder: Risk Factors, Characteristics and Treatment Options. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 181-233.

  • Svob Strac, D., Samardzic, J., Erhardt, J., Krsnik, Z., Martinovic, J., Drakulic, D., Tudor, L., Nikolac Perkovic, M., Nedic Erjavec, G. & Pivac, N. (2017) In Vitro and In Vivo Studies of Prolonged DHEA(S) Treatment. U: Berhardt, L. (ur.) Advances in Medicine and Biology. Volume 117. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 69-98.

  • Pivac, N., Nikolac Perković, M. & Švob Štrac, D. (2017) The genetics of obesity. U: Štimac, D. (ur.) Debljina-klinički pristup. Zagreb, Medicinska naklada, str. 69-81.

  • Samardžić, J., Švob Štrac, D. & van den Anker, J. (2017) The Benefit and Future of Pharmacogenetics. U: Absalom, A. & Mason, K. (ur.) Total Intravenous Anesthesia and Target Controlled Infusions. A Comprehensive Global Anthology., Springer, str. 697-711 doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47609-4_38.

  • Samardžić, J. & Švob Štrac, D. (2016) Benzodiazepines and Anxiety Disorders: From Laboratory to Clinic. U: Durbano, F. & Marchesi, B. (ur.) New Developments in Anxiety Disorders., IntechOpen, str. 23-45.

  • Pivac, N., Svob Strac, D., Nikolac Perkovic, M. & Nedic Erjavec, G. (2015) How laboratory can help us in the selection of antipsychotics. U: Mihaljević Peleš, A. & Šagud, M. (ur.) Klinička primjena antipsihotika. Zagreb, Medicinska naklada, str. 21-38.

  • Švob Štrac, D., Nikolac Perković, M., Nedić Erjavec, G., Kiive, E., Dodig-Ćurković, K., Ćurkovic, M., Kocijan Hercigonja, D., Harro, J., Muck-Šeler, D. & Pivac, N. (2014) Biomarkers of Impulsivity. U: Olmstead, C. (ur.) Psychology of Impulsivity: New Research. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 93-140.

  • Švob Štrac, D., Muck Šeler, D. & Pivac, N. (2014) The effects of GABA and GABAergic drugs on the HPA axis activity. U: Vlainić, J. & Jazvinšćak Jembrek, M. (ur.) Gamma-aminobutyric Acid (GABA): biosynthesis, medicinal uses and health effects. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 71-92.

  • Vlainić, J., Švob Štrac, D. & Jazvinšćak Jembrek, M. (2014) The effects of persistent activation of GABA-A receptors by neurotransmitter GABA. U: Vlainić, J. & Jazvinšćak Jembrek, M. (ur.) Gamma-aminobutyric Acid (GABA): biosynthesis, medicinal uses and health effects. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 29-48.

  • Švob Štrac, D., Mustapić, M., Šagud, M., Uzun, S., Kozumplik, O., Presečki, P., Nikolac, M., Mimica, N., Nedić, G., Mihaljević Peleš, A., Pavlović, M., Marčinko, D., Pivac, N. & Mück-Šeler, D. (2013) Lipid levels in neuropsychiatric disorders. U: Araujo, C. & Perez, D. (ur.) Tryglicerides : chemical structure, biosynthesis and role in disease. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 1-79.

  • Švob Štrac, D., Vlainić, J., Jazvinšćak Jembrek, M., Muck-Šeler, D. & Pivac, N. (2012) The Effects of Benzodiazepines during Prolonged Administration and Under the Conditions of Stress. U: Soto, A. & Reyes, C. (ur.) Benzodiazepine: Abuse and Therapeutic Uses, Pharmacology and Health Effects. New York (NY), Nova Science Publishers, str. 1-54.

  • Pivac, N., Nedić, G., Nikolac, M., Mustapić, M., Švob Štrac, D., Jazvinšćak Jembrek, M. & Muck-Šeler, D. (2011) Molecular mechanisms of traumatic brain injury. U: Wiederhold, B. (ur.) Traumatic brain injury. Wounds of war III.. Amsterdam, IOS Press, str. 81-111.

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Conference proceedings papers

Scientific conference proceedings papers


Doctoral dissertation

  • Švob Štrac, D. (2007) 'Plasticity of GABA-A receptors: Adaptive changes of recombinant GABA-A receptors in cell culture as a response to chronic exposure to diazepam', doktorska disertacija, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Master thesis

  • Švob Štrac, D. (2004) 'Regulation of recombinant GABA A receptors in cell culture by chronic drug treatment', magistarski rad, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Pharmacological Society

Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Croatian Biological Society

Croatian Society for Neuroscience

Croatian Laboratory Animal Science Association

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