Team

 
CELL BIOLOGY LAB
 
Branimir Gizdić, PhD
Senior scientist – cell biology
branimir.gizdic(at)biocentre.hr
 
Branimir Gizdić obtained his Master’s degree at Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb on application of Flow cytometry on identification of transcription factor Helios in leukemia lymphocytes. He obtained his PhD from Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb on a research of Notch1 mutation in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
He has been working for 7 years at Hematology and Flow cytometry department at University hospital Dubrava in Zagreb on diagnostics of hematologic malignancies by flow cytometry, cell banking and cell cultures. He spent 4 years at department of Immunogenetics at Human Genetics Foundation in Turin, Italy where he has been working on functional effects on Notch1 mutation in chronic lymphocytic leukemia using techniques such as CRISPR/CAS9, flow cytometry, FACS sorting, generation of lenitiviral vectors, PCR, western blot, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, animal models, etc.
 
  
  
MICROBIOLOGY LAB 
 
  
Adriana Lepur, PhD
Head of microbiology laboratory
adriana.lepur(at)biocentre.hr
 
Adriana Lepur got her Master of Pharmacy in 2007 at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Zagreb. In 2012 Adriana obtained a double PhD degree jointly in Molecular Medicine at Lund University in Sweden, and Biology at University of Science in Zagreb. After a postdoc in a laboratory pioneering in glyco-science in Sweden, she moved to Paris, France to work in a startup biotech company - Photeomix - dedicated to design tools for disease monitoring. She returned to Croatia in 2013 and worked as a scientific consultant on EU projects at Ruđer Bošković Institute. First as an expert in protein interaction analysis, and later on an ERC project investigating biological membranes in action. During her professional specialization Adriana worked at Bar Ilan University’s Faculty of Life Sciences in Tel Aviv (Israel), at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, and at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany). Her set of expertise include: in vitro cell models, advanced cloning and mutagenesis techniques, protein engineering, bio-imaging and image analysis, scientific writing and communication. She published 7 original research papers, presented her work at international conferences, and she is active in science popularization events in Croatia.
  
    
  
BIOANALYTICAL LABORATORY I - CHEMISTRY
 
 
Anita Šporec, PhD
Head of bioanalytical laboratory I - chemistry
anita.sporec(at)biocentre.hr
Anita Šporec obtained her undergraduate degree at Department of Chemistry – Analytical chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb on spectrophotometric methods of ruthenium complexes. She obtained her PhD also at Department of Chemistry – Analytical chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb with thesis Enantioselective chromatography of beta-amino alcohols on polysaccharide based chiral stationary phases. She started her industrial career in Institute of Immunology (2001), then in Belupo (2003) and Genera (2006) where she was working for nine years. Her work focused mainly on development and validation of stability indicating methods for assay determination of active ingredients, impurities, preservatives and antioxidants. She successfully developed methods for different types of finish dosage forms (tablets, injections, suspensions, ointments, vaccines) using techniques / instruments such as HPLC-UV/VIS, UV/VIS spectrophotometer, Dissolution apparatus, Laser diffraction particle size analyzer, Total Organic Carbon analyzer, FTIR instruments, ELISA and LAL tests, etc. She published three scientific publications, four patents and presented her results at six international conferences.   
    
 
 
 

Iva Bebek, mag. eng.
Senior scientist - bioanalytical laboratory I - chemistry
Iva.Bebek(at)biocentre.hr
 
Iva Bebek obtained her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, in 2010. She won a Biotechnical Foundation scholarship and Rector award in 2010. She took the employment at the Laboratory for Food Chemistry and Objects of Common Use at the Food Control Centre of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology in 2011. At the Croatian Institute of Public Health she started working in 2013 as an analyst at the Pesticide Unit, where she was promoted to Head of the Pesticide Unit in 2014 (National referral laboratory for pesticides). Her work mainly involved the development and validation of analytical methods for testing different food safety parameters and coordination of the laboratory. She worked as a scientist bioanalyst for Fidelta at the Department for Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics from 2016. where she performed development and validation of analytical methods in pharmacokinetic studies. She is advanced user of gas and liquid chromatography techniques such as GC-MS, GC-FID, GC-FPD, GC-ECD, LC-MS/MS, HPLC-DAD and HPLC-FLD.
 
     
  
BIOANALYTICAL LABORATORY II - PROTEOMICS
 

Ana Butorac, PhD
Head of bioanalytical laboratory II - proteomics
ana.butorac(at)biocentre.hr
 
Ana Butorac obtained her undergraduate degree in 2008 at Department of biochemical engineering, Faculty of Food technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. She obtained her PhD in biotechnology in 2015 (Faculty of food technology and biotechnology, University of Zagreb). She has been working for seven years in Laboratory for biology and microbial genetic at Faculty of Food technology and Biotechnology as a PhD student - Assistant. She was working mainly in the areas of proteomics and "small" molecule analysis by different approaches e.g. 1-D and 2-D gel electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, multidimensional liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry based analyses (MALDI-TOF/TOF, ESI-TOF and ESI-QQQ). She was on internship-specialization at Faculteit Bio-Ingenieurswetenschappen, Gent Belgium (2012) and at Institut of Bioengineering, Migual Hernandez University of Elche, Elche, Spain (2014). The results of her research work was published in eight scientific publications and presented at 16 international scientific meetings. 
 
 

 
Rea Bertoša, mag. ing.
Junior scientist in bioanalytical laboratory II - proteomics
rea.bertosa(at)biocentre.hr
   
Rea Bertoša obtained her masters degree in 2017. at Faculty of Food technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. Since June of 2018 she works as a Junior scientist in bioanalytical laboratory II - proteomics.
 
  
DOWNSTREAM PROCESSING LAB
 
 

Marina Markeš, mag. chem.
Senior scientist - downstream processing
Marina.Markes(at)biocentre.hr
Marina Markeš obtained her Master of Science in Chemistry (biochemistry and organic chemistry field) at Department of Chemistry at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. For 5 years she worked at PLIVA as Research – analyst in analytics of pharmaceutical drug products. Her work there included development, validation and transfer of analytical methods used for characterisation and stability testing of active pharmaceutical ingedients (peptides and small organic compounds) and excipients. Techniques that she used included liquid chromatography, coupled LC-MS and electrophoresys. In addition, from 2014 she is also an assistant at Department of Chemistry (Division of Biochemistry) at Faculty of Science.
 
 
  
WASHING AND STERILIZATION UNIT
   
Željka Hodinj
Laboratory technician
zeljka.hodinj(at)biocentre.hr
  

    
   
Anita Rustan
Laboratory technician
anita.rustan(at)biocentre.hr
 
 

FACILITY MANAGEMENT
 
 
Jurica Ružić
Facility manager
jurica.ruzic(at)biocentre.hr
 
 
 
ADMINISTRATION 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marina Gajski Živčec, mag. act. soc.
Senior administrator
marinagz(at)biocentre.hr
 

  
Andrea Žaja
Administrator

Andrea.Zaja(at)biocentre.hr