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Belgrade Drosophila Group



Marko Anđelković - PhD, Professor, Academician (1945-2020)

On April 10, 2020 will be a long sad year since our professor, advisor, colleague and friend, Academician Marko Andjelković died in his home in Belgrade, outlived and mourned by his beloved family, by us - his team of closest associates, former students, numerous colleagues and friends. We express the debt of gratitude for the foundation, leadership and support of our research from Prof. Marko Andjelković who recognized and taught us the importance of an integrative approach in population genetics and ecogenotoxicology. He marked the research direction of Belgrade Drosophila Group toward ecological and genetic adaptations of genetic polymorphism from chromosomal to molecular level. Marko Andjelkovic traced the field study oriented research, with natural populations of Drosophila from different environments and localities and whose genetic structure is shaped by historical and contemporary environmental and ecological changes in Balkans. Graduated in Biology from University of Belgrade, his research career in Genetics/Drosophila lab began in year 1967 within a group formed by Dragoslav Marinkovic, following “Dobzhansky school” of evolutionary genetics. His professional appointments were University of Vienna (1970), University of Tubingen, Germany (1971. and 1974), Yale University, USA (1978/79). His PhD thesis (1978) and related publications gave significant contribution to better understanding of ecology and genetic basis of behaviour in Drosophila subobscura particularly light dependant reproductive behaviour as one of the most complex trait in processes of adaptation. He pioneered the studies of inversion polymorphism of D. subobscura which remains primary part of integrative approach in currant experimental evolutionary projects of our group. He promoted research in genetic toxicology using D.melanogaster as test system. As a member of Serbian Academy of Scences and Arts he also contributed and supported our research as in our last joined paper published this year.

(read more…In memoriam, Genetika 2020)

Marina Stamenković-Radak - PhD, Professor

P.I. The main professional international trainings and appointments: University of Edinburgh (1988/89), University of Arizona, (1992-1994), Complutense University, Madrid (2004), Deputy coordinator of Tempus project, Higher Educational Reform in Biological Studies (2006-2009). Currantly, Head of Master and PhD programs in Genetics, Chairing Genetics & Evolution Dept., member of International Forum of Teachers of Bioethics, Natl. Board for Biological Safety with Ministry of Agriculture.

The primary model of my research these 35 years has been Drosophila and development of methods and genetic research technologies show that it remains the prominent organism in evolutionary genetic research. My research path began and developed under supervision of prof Marko Andjelkovic who remains to make significant research impact on the group to date. The main focus has been the population and ecological genetic aspect of stress, genetic and phenotypic response of populations under changing environments.

Marija Savić Veselinović - PhD, Assistant Professor

I am generally interested in a population genetics and ecogenotoxicology. My research is currently focused on the population responses to short-term environmental stress and adaptation to long-term heavy metal exposure.  I plan to study their effects on gene expression and how environmental variation experienced in preceding generations influence progeny phenotype.

Aleksandra Patenković - PhD, Research Associate

I am interested in „how do organisms adapt to their environments?“ with a focus on ecological genetics and eco/genotoxicology. My main research interest is to investigate anthropogenic stress and environmental changes on genetic, phenotypical and life history variability in natural and laboratory populations of Drosophila subobscura, as a model species.

I always felt that outreach was part of a scientist’s mission, so I am involved in several projects to promote the dialogue between science in general (and biology in particular) and society, to increase science awareness.

Mihailo Jelić - PhD, Assistant Professor

I obtained Master in Molecular Biology and Physiology (2006), PhD in Biology (2012) University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology. In my research I analyze the evolutionary forces that maintain genetic variation in natural populations. Using Drosophila species as a model system I am especially interested in testing models that explain how the adaptive variation in mtDNA is maintained within populations.

Marija Tanasković - PhD, Research Associate

My research is generally about stress, both genomic (caused either by inbreeding or outbreeding) and environmental stress caused by lead pollution. I am excited when fitness and morphological traits, as well as changes in protein expression show me the signal of synergistic effect of two types of stress I study, especially if there is potential use for biomonitoring and conservation efforts.

Katarina Erić - PhD student, Research Trainee

I graduated from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, with Master work in the field of entomology (dragonflies).  Since 2015 I am PhD student interested in evolutionary and population genetics and involved in research with Drosophila population genetics group particularly the adaptive role of inversion polymorphism in Drosophila subobscura in different environmental conditions.

Pavle Erić - PhD student, Research Trainee

Second year PhD student on University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology. My research interest lie in the fields of population and evolutionary genetics.  In my research I analyze mitochondrial variability in Drosophila species, and try to enlighten evolutionary mechanism that shape the intrapopulation variability. I am most interested in the evolutionary significance of epistatic interactions between mitochondrial and nuclear genome. 

Mirjana Beribaka - PhD student

I am affiliated as teaching assistant with Faculty of Technology in Zvornik which belongs to the University of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I am PhD student at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology. My current research is focused on the composition of microbiota associated with different Drosophila species. I study how these associations affect life history traits and vary depending on the origin of the populations and the experimental conditions (temperature, heavy metal).

Slobodan Davidović - PhD, Research Assistant

My research interest lies in the field of population genetics and evolutionary mechanisms that shape genetic variation. Balkan Peninsula is one of the important European regions that exhibit  high genetic variation which can be observed in many different plant and animal species. This feature directs my interest to further investugate this genetic diversity, as well as how it was formed, in order to propose the most fitted conservation strategies.

Mina Rakić - PhD student

I am a PhD student, conducting my research on heavy metal toxicity in the aspect of population genetics and ecogenotoxicology.

Currently studying the effect of various heavy metals on expression of all currently described drosophilid metallothionein genes, using Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila subobscura, and investigating other potential candidate genes and miRNA molecules involved in metal resistance and consequent oxidative stress.