Laboratory for Bioinformatics


Jurica Žučko, PhD

Phone: +385-1-4605 151

The Laboratory for Bioinformatics operates as part of the Department for Biochemical Engineering, at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. It was founded in 2002 when Prof. Daslav Hranueli transferred to the Faculty, after working for many years in the development institute of Pliva d.d. Thus, the main area of his long-term research, genetics of gram + bacteria (mainly Streptomyces and Bacillus species), the organization of their genome and the genetics of enzymes and the synthesis of antibiotics of industrial importance became the backbone of the activities of the Laboratory. Initially most of work covered “in silico” discovery and design of novel chemical structures, resulting in the ClustScan program package. With time the focus of the research had diversified, so that today, besides genomics, the Laboratory is involved in the application of bioinformatics in proteomics based on mass spectrometry, nutrigenomics, but also design of and research in a so-called “Wet Lab”. Nowadays active research areas are in the fields of microbial ecology and bioprospecting. The application of paradigms such as “deep learning” and “big data” to biological problems is the direction in which the FFTB’s Laboratory for Bioinformatics is going while at the same time not neglecting its basic task, which is the application in industry, whether nutritional, pharmaceutical or chemical.

Kabinet za bioinformatiku


  1. BioProCro - center of excellence for Marine Bioprospecting (2017.-) (KK.
  2. Exploring gut microbiome equilibrium – MicroEquilibrium (2017.-2021.) (br. IP-2016-06-3509) 
  3. Personalized probiotic preparations (2016.-2017.) (HAMAG-BICRO: PoC6_01_124)
  4. Bilateral project Croatia-Germany: "Genome biology of the bacterial genus Streptomyces" (2015.-2016.)
  5. Research project, CFCA (IPA IIIc No. 113): “RapidCell”, 2013-2015 (IRB)
  6. Oil pollution risks to the North Adriatic area (2012.-2014.) (HRZZ, br. 09/5)
  7. AmyloEnzymes Captured by Targeted Metagenomics (AMYLOMICS) (2011.-2014.) FP7 No: 265992; as SemGen Ltd.
  8. Development of prototype system for comparison and annotation of de novo sequenced microbial genomes (2010.-2011.) (HAMAG-BICRO: PoC_01_07_U-1)


Name and surname Academic title Job title
Antonio Starčević PhD Full Professor
Janko Diminić PhD Associate Professor
Jurica Žučko PhD Associate Professor


Name and surname Academic title Job title
John Cullum PhD Full Professor

Courses (preddiplomski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Digital biotechnology 252782 3

Courses (diplomski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Bioinformatics 33007; 53249 4
Nutrigenomics 239447; 66827 4
Production of Therapeutic Proteins 53608 3
Programming in Bioinformatics 53272 2

Courses (doktorski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Applied proteomics 165624 3
Bioinformatics of industrial microorganisms 165592 3
Molecular genetics of antibiotics biosynthesis 165613 3
Molecular Nutrition and Genomics 165658 5
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