Katarina Butorac, PhD

 Katarina Butorac

Contact information

Email: katarina.butorac@pbf.unizg.hr
Phone: 4605125

Location: IV /4 26


by arrangement


Birth date: 27 September 1991

Birth place: Augsburg

Academic appointments
  Institution Subject Year
PhD University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology Functional role of exopolysaccharides and bacteriocins in the probiotic activity of autochthonous lactic acid bacteria strains 2022
MSc University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology The role of S-layer proteins in probiotic mechanism of action in strain Lactobacillus brevis ZG1 2016


Work experience
Position Institution Year
Assistant University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology 2019
Croatian Science Foundation Project Assistant University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology 2016
Internship (1 week and more)
Institution Place Year
Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste Trieste, Italy 2018 (3 months)

Scientific projects:

  1. Potential therapeutic biomolecules of the next-generation probiotics - Croatian Science Foundation (2019-2023)
  2. Functionality and properties of exopolysaccharides of probiotic bacteria, University of Zagreb (2021)
  3. Exopolysaccharides and functional proteins of lactic acid bacteria probioitc strans, University of Zagreb (2019)
  4. Probiotic activity of lactic acid bactera strains isolated from human breast milk, University of Zagreb (2018)
  5. Influence of the microbiota composition of human breast milk on the intestinal microbiota of infants, University of Zagreb (2017)
  6. Probiotics and starter cultures - surface proteins and bacteriocins - Croatian Science Foundation (2015-2019)

Projects for the science popularization:

  1. PANDA - project-oriented teaching for gifted children; project coordinator - association BIOTEKA (2023, 2020)


  1. Biotechnical foundation of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology Award for the best students and young researchers, 2019
  2. Award for the best poster at the First Congress of Biotechnology Students, May, 25-27 2018, entitled «Biotechnological production of lyophilized microencapsulated probiotic strain Lactobacillus fermentum D12 - exopolysaccharide producer».
  3. Silver medal at the 9th International Innovation Fair, Agro Arca, October, 19-21 2017 entitled «Application of protective matrices and methods for the production of probiotic bacteria».

Memberships in societies:

  1. Croatian Society of Biotechnology (since 2017)
  2. Croatian Microbiological Society (since 2016) 
  3. PROBION (since 2015-2016)
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