Laboratory for Biology and Microbial Genetics



Laboratorij za biologiju i genetiku mikroorganizama

At the premises of the Department for Technical Botany and Microscopy of the Faculty of Technology, University of Zagreb, Kršnjavoga 25, the Laboratory for Microbiology of the Food Technology Department of the Faculty of Technology was founded in 1956. When the Laboratory for Microbiology moved into the new building, Pierottijeva St. 6, in 1960/61, the Laboratory for Biology with Technical Microscopy within the Department of Microbiology was founded. The head of the Laboratory until 1979 was Prof. Anto Jurilj, PhD, and the scientific activity of the Laboratory was in the field of phylogeny and systematics of diatoms and microbiology of cereals.

From 1979, the Laboratory was managed by Prof. Marija Alačević, PhD, and from 1994 to 2011, the head was Prof. Jasna Franekić, PhD. During this period, the focus of the Laboratory’s research was on microbial and molecular genetics and evolution as well as breeding of industrial microorganisms by using classical genetic methods and methods of recombinant DNA.

In addition, molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis and DNA repair have also been researched in the Lab. Through its history, the Laboratory has developed cooperation with food, biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries as well as with many scientific and higher education institutions in the country and abroad.


Name and surname Academic title Job title
Ksenija Durgo PhD Full Professor
Ivan-Krešimir Svetec PhD Full Professor
Lidija Šver PhD Full Professor
Ana Bielen PhD Associate Professor
Reno Hrašćan PhD Associate Professor
Marina Svetec Miklenić PhD Associate Professor
Tomislav Vladušić PhD Assistant Professor
Ana Huđek Turković PhD Scientific Assistant
Anđela Miljanović PhD Scientific Assistant
Dora Pavić PhD Scientific Assistant
Angela Matanović mag. ing. Scientific Assistant
Ana Slišković mag. ing. Scientific Assistant
Ana Kozina Technical Associate
Grozdana Kuleš Technical Associate
Maja Valentić Technical Associate


Name and surname Academic title Job title
Ksenija Vitale PhD Full Professor
Ruža Frkanec PhD Senior Scientist
Nives Pustišek PhD Scientific Associate
Slaven Reljić PhD Research Assistant
Alemka Jaklin Kekez Associate
Krešo Bendelja PhD Associate
Alenka Gagro PhD Associate
Alemka Markotić PhD Associate
Mirjana Turkalj PhD Associate

Courses (preddiplomski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Basic of Human Physiology 252789; 32438 5
Biology (BT) 239472 7
Biology (N) 240358 -
Biology (PT) 239335 7
Biology 1 24139; 24161; 24195 5 (N:4)
Biology 2 24159; 24162; 24202 5 (N:4)
Genetic Engineering 39804 4
Immunology for Nutritionists 239438; 39843 3
Molecular genetics 252777; 32425 5

Courses (diplomski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Ecogenetic Studies 33004; 53255 2
Genetics of Eukaryotes 31704; 53250 4
Genetics of Industrial Organisms 53262 3
GMOs in Food Production 53261 3
Human Physiology 53266 4
Immunology 53242 4
Mechanisms of Evolution 53256 3

Courses (doktorski)

Course Title Course number ECTS
Ecogenetics 165603 3
Evolution and biotechnology 165605 3
Mechanisms and effects of biologically active compounds on cell cultures 165629 3
Microbial genetics and genetic engineering 165665 5
Molecular-genetic methods in control of microbiological food safety 165601 3
Nutrigenomics 165636 3
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