Snjezana Mihaljevic

Snježana Mihaljević


Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1143


Krilo 5/315

Bijenicka cesta 54
10000 Zagreb



B.Sc. degree in molecular and cellular biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1990.

M.Sc. in molecular and cellular biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1993.

Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the Faktori i biljezi embriogenog potencijala i fenolnog metabolizma u biljaka, Croatia, 1999.

Postdoctoral fellowship from Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and training in plant molecular biology at the UMR-CNRS/UPS 5546, Castanet Tolosan, France, 2001-2002.


Research associate:

2015 - 2019, Phytohormons in abiotic stress of Brassica crops: mechanism of tolerance and application (PI Salopek-Sondi, Branka, Ruder Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia) 

2007 – 2014, Molecular mechanisms of plant development (PI Salopek-Sondi, Branka, Ruder Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia)

2007 – 2014, Factors and markers of embryogenic potential and phenolic metabolism in plants (PI Jelaska, Sibila, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Principal investigator:

2010-2011. Expression of a KCS gene from Cardamine graeca in Cucurbita pepo to engineer nervonic acid-enriched seed oils, Croatian Academy of Science 

Awards and Achievements

2008. Award J. J. Strossmayer (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts/ Zagreb fair), for the best publishing venture in science, for the book „Methods in molecular biology“by Andreja Ambriović Ristov (Editor-in-chief) and Anamaria Brozović, Branka Bruvo Mađarić, Helena Ćetković, Maja Herak Bosnar, Dubravka Hranilović, Silva Katušić Hećimović, Nevenka Meštrović Radan, Snježana Mihaljević, Neda Slade, Dušica Vujaklija (Eds.).


2012-, Course leader “Plant tissue culture and genetic transformation”, PhD Studies in Molecular Biosciences, University of Osijek, University of Dubrovnik and Ruđer Bošković Institute,

2008-, Course co-leader “Plant embryogenesis”, The PhD studies in biology, Faculty of Science,UniversityofZagreb.

Featured Publications

Plant developmental biology

Leljak-Levanić D, Mrvková M, Turečková V, Pěnčík A, Rolčík J, Strnad M, Mihaljević S (2016) Hormonal and epigenetic regulation during embryogenic tissue habituation in Cucurbita pepo L. Plant Cell Reports 35: 77-89

Leljak-Levanić D, Mihaljević S, Bauer N (2015) Somatic and zygotic embryos share common developmental features at the onset of plant embryogenesis. Acta Physiol Plant (First online 06/2015) 37:127, DOI: 10.1007/s11738-015-1875-y 

Pěnčík A, Turečková V, Paulišić S, Rolčík J, Strnad M, Mihaljević S (2015) Ammonium regulates embryogenic potential in Cucurbita pepo through pH-mediated changes in endogenous auxin and abscisic acid. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 122: 89-100.

Crnković A, Garić R, Leljak-Levanić D, Mihaljević S (2014) Reduced protein secretion and glycosylation induced by ammonium stress inhibits somatic embryo development and maintains the proembryogenic state of pumpkin embryogenic cultures. Biologija Plantarum 58: 209-217.

Milanović J, Kajić V, Mihaljević S (2014) Occurrence and molecular variability of Potato spindle tuber viroid and Tomato apical stunt viroid in ornamental plants in Croatia. The European Journal of Plant Pathology 139: 785-788.

Salopek-Sondi B, Šamec D, Mihaljević S, Smolko A, Pavlović I, Janković I, Ludwig-Müller J (2013) Influence of stress hormones on the auxin homeostasis in Brassica rapa seedlings. Plant Cell Reports 32: 1031-1042.

Mihaljević S, Radić S, Bauer N, Garić R, Mihaljević B, Horvat G, Leljak-Levanić  D, Jelaska S (2011) Ammonium-related metabolic changes affect somatic embryogenesis in pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.). Journal of Plant Physiology 168:1943-1951.

Ayele B T, Magnus V, Mihaljević S, Prebeg T, Čož-Rakovac R, Ozga J A, Reinecke D M, Mander L N, Kamiya Y, Yamaguchi S, Salopek-Sondi B (2010) Endogenous gibberellin profile during Christmas rose (Helleborus niger L.) flower and fruit development. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 29:194-209.

Tarkowski P, Tarkowská D, Novák O, Mihaljević S, Magnus V, Strnad M, Salopek-Sondi B (2006) Cytokinins in the perianth, carpels and developing fruit of Helleborus niger L. Journal of Experimental Botany 57:2237-2247.

Goicoechea M, Lacombe E, Legay S, Mihaljević S, Rech P, Jauneau A, Lapierre C, Pollet B, Verhaegen D, Chaubet-Gigot N, Grima-Pettenati J (2005) EgMYB2, a new transcriptional activator from Eucalyptus xylem, regulates secondary cell wall formation and lignin biosynthesis. The Plant Journal 43:553-567.

Leljak-Levanić D, Bauer N, Mihaljević S, Jelaska S (2004) Somatic embryogenesis in pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.): Control of somatic embryo development by nitrogen compounds. Journal of Plant Physiology 161:229-236.

Leljak-Levanić D, Bauer N, Mihaljević S, Jelaska S (2004) Changes in DNA methylation during somatic embryogenesis in Cucurbita pepo L. Plant Cell Reports 23:120-127.

In vitro propagation and genetic transformation of plants

Mihaljević S, Salopek-Sondi B (2012) Alanine Conjugate of Indole-3-butyric Acid Improves Rooting of Highbush Blueberries. Plant, Soil and Environment 58:236-241.

Mihaljević S, Vršek I (2009) In vitro shoot regeneration from immature seeds of Epimedium alpinum induced by thidiazuron and CPPU. Scientia Horticulturae 120:406-410.

Mihaljević S, Bjedov I, Kovač M, Leljak-Levanić D, Jelaska S (2002) Effect of explant source and growth regulators on in vitro calllus growth of Taxus baccata L. Washingtonii. Food Technology and Biotechnology 40: 299-303.

Mihaljević S, Perić M, Jelaska S (2001) The sensitivity of embryogenic tissue of Picea omorika (Panč.) Purk. to antibiotics. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 67:287-293.

Mihaljević S, Katavić V, Jelaska S (1999) Root formation in micropropagated shoots of Sequoia sempervirens using Agrobacterium. Plant Science 141:73-80.

Mihaljević S, Stipković S, Jelaska S (1996) Increase of root induction in Pinus nigra explants using agrobacteria. Plant Cell Reports 15:610-614

Membership in professional associations / societies

Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB), National Representative since 2005

International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPTB)

Croatian Society of Plant Biology, President (2011-2013)

Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Croatian Biological Society 1885

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