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Belgrade Drosophila Group



Zorana Kurbalija Novičić - Senior Research Associate

Obtained PhD with University of Belgrade, Biology - Genetics.  She has been with Drosophila group since 2006, and her thesis was on evolutionary genetic aspect of population hybridisation. Currently, Zorana is Post Doc Fellow at the section of Animal Ecology, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Uppsala University (, funded by Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (HORIZON2020). She is currently working in the Göran Arnqvist lab (, where she investigates the evolutionary and ecological implications of mito-nuclear epistasis using Drosophila subobscura as model species.

Zorana is a passionate science communicator and active promoter of STEM education in schools- trying to make a perfect bridge between science and education. Interested in biotech and edutech start-ups and promotion of female entrepreneurship in life science and cofounder of Fab initiative (   

Bojan Kenig - PhD, Research Associate, Head of Dept. for Population Genetics and Ecogenotoxicology

My research is focused on the relationships between the environmental, geographic, morphological, genetic, and life history variations in natural and laboratory populations of Drosophila species. The research includes population genetics at the level of hromosomal inversion polymorphism, mtDNA variation, and phenotypic variation.
My PhD thesis was studying the adaptive processes during evolution of heavy metal tolerance, and the genetic basis of differences between populations of D. subobscura residing in differently polluted environments.

Mirjana Milošević-Brockett - PhD, Professor, School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology

She graduated in Biology at University of Belgrade in 1980. where she started career as teaching assistant at Chair Genetics & Evolution and research with Drosophila lab. Awarded a fellowship for excellent MSci she spent 1983/1984 at University of California, Davis, working with Dr Francisco Ayala. Mirjana continued research in Belgrade and obtained PhD in evolutionary genetics under supervision of Prof Dragoslav Marinkovic with thesis "Activity of enzymes and quantitative genetic variability in D.a melanogaster". In `90s Mirjana leaves to University of Georgia, Athens, USA where she worked with Dr Wyatt Anderso and later in 1997-2003 as Professor at Truett-McConnell College, Athens. Since 2005-present she has been Academic Professional at School of Biology Georgia Institute of Technology. Current Fields of Interest are Teaching and learning strategies in undergraduate Biology courses, Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy of Science, Bioethics

Gordana Rašić - PhD,Research Fellow, Ecological Genomicist in Biocontrol and Biosecurity

Gordana is a proud alumnus of the Belgrade Drosophila School. She completed her BSc and MSc theses under the wings of Prof. Marina Stamenković-Radak and Prof. Marko Andjelković, working on various aspects of Population Genetics and Ecology of drosophilid populations in Serbia, at the Faculty of Biology (University of Belgrade) and IBISS from 2002 to 2006. Gordana completed her PhD in Landscape Genetics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2011, where she also taught a course in Biosystematics and Phylogenetics. Since 2012, Gordana has been a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, working as an expert in Ecological Genomics within two international collaborative projects for the suppression of mosquito borne diseases funded by (i) the NHMRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and (ii) the Wellcome Trust Foundation. She is a recipient of several research grants and awards, and has been an invited speaker at universities and institutes in Europe, Canada, Australia and China. Gordana is passionate about supporting women in STEM, open science and ‘omics’ of all sorts of bugs.

Vuk Savković - PhD

He graduated Biology from University of Belgrade in 1996 and worked as Teaching Assistant until 2000. His MSci thesis was in Drosophila population genetics, particularly circadian rhythm and inversion polymorphism in Drosophila subobscura. His research within Drosophila group also was in studying mutagenic and a antimutagenic effects of plant extracts in D. melanogaster. Currently, he is Scientific Director of the Saxon Incubator for Clinical Translation, Group Leader/PI, Leipzig, Germany and Visiting Professor at Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Suffolk  University, Great Britain.  Research interests are Applicative cultivation, differentiation and translational aspect of stem cells  from the outer root sheath of human hair, with main input in melanocytes, keratinocytes and MSC (and their derivates chondrocytes/osteocytes/endothelium), primarily for the purposes of generating autologous pigmented skin transplants and blood vessel prosthetics. 

Sonja Lečić - PhD student, Research trainee

I joined DrosBeg Lab in November 2015 as a PhD student. I am involved in studying the role of metallothioneins in evolution of heavy metal tollerance. Using Drosophila subobscura as a model I am looking into short and long-term response to heavy metal exposure in both laboratory and natural populations. I am interested to study those phenomena at genetic, phenotypic and epigenetic level.