Expert Council

Prof. dr. Maritha Kotze

Professor Maritha Kotze is the founder and executive director of Gknowmix. She maintains close links with academia through an appointment at the University of Stellenbosch, promoting genome research innovation among students, scientists and clinicians. Since obtaining her PhD degree in 1990 she has supervised numerous postgraduate students and received the Rector's Award for Research Excellence in 1999. Her publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters in books. She received a patent incentive award in 2005 and was identified during this time by the Institute for Scientific Information in the USA as one of the 20 highest ranking active publishers in the biomedical field in South Africa.

Associate Prof. dr. Arthur J. Sytkowski

Associate Prof. Dr. Arthur Sytkowski received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin and worked as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH, Bethesda. In 1977, he joined Harvard Medical School, and established his research on the structure and function of human erythropoietin. He has over 20 years of international pharmaceutical and biotech experience with small molecules and therapeutic proteins for several therapeutic areas including endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, immunology, neurology and oncology plus over 25 years of academic, clinical and research experience in the fields of drug discovery and development, oncology, hematology, cell and molecular biology and management. He works as an associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1984. During this time he has played a mayor role as an executive director or Chief Medical Officer in over 7 biotech companies. His research laboratory at Harvard has been funded by NIH, DOD, NASA and private sources, and has earned him over 10 patents. Current research interests include therapeutic protein engineering, the control of blood cell differentiation, mechanisms of neoplasia, biological effects of microgravity, ligand/receptor biochemistry, growth factor signal transduction, gene regulation and cancer chemoprevention.

Research Full Prof. dr. Srdjan Novaković

Research full prof. dr. Srdjan Novaković graduated in 1984 from the Department of Biology at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana. His research career continued at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, where he obtained his PhD in medical science in the fields of immunology and microbiology in 1994. He extended his knowledge as visiting scientist at the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston, USA. In 1987 he was appointed as Head of the laboratory for tumor markers at the Department of tumor biology, Institute of Oncology and later, in 2001, he became head of this department. In 1999 he was elected as a scientific collaborator in the field of Oncology and radiotherapy, in 2001 as an associate professor, and in 2007 as a full professor. He is currently employed at the Institute of Oncology, as an assistant to the medical director for research and education, and as head of the Department of molecular diagnostics. In his scientific work he has lead many Slovenian and international projects, focused on the discovery of new mutations in the genes BRCA1 and 2, preparation of tumor vaccines, and to explore new approaches to combination therapy of cancer. His bibliography includes more than 70 scientific papers in the form of articles, two patents and numerous other contributions to popular scientific journals and conferences.

Prof. dr. Tatjana Avšič-Županc

Prof. dr. Tatjana Avšič-Županc received her B.A. in biology in 1982 at the Biotechnical Faculty University of Ljubljana and in 1992 her PhD in the field of virology at the Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana. She specialized medical microbiology in 1998. She became an associate professor of Immunology and microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana in 1999. Her research activities have been focused on the biology, taxonomy and epidemiology of different viruses. She did her postdoc in the field of virology in Antwerpen, Belgium and in laboratory for virology of the institute of American military USAMRIID, Fort Detrick, USA. In 1993 she received an award of American National Research Council, and later she did research at University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Baltimor, USA. Her bibliography consists of 255 units: 48 research papers cited in SCI, and 89 papers in other international and domestic professional and research publications. In 1999 she received the highest national award of Republic of Slovenia: Zoisovo priznanje for top scientific work in the field of virology. In 2007 she became associate member of Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts in the field of natural sciences. World Health Organisation appointed her laboratory as their reference center.

Dr. Simona Borštnar

Dr. Simona Borštnar MD is a specialist of internal medicine at the sector of internistic Oncology at the Oncology Institute in Ljubljana. After receiving her MD at the Medical Faculty in Ljubljana in 1993 and finishing her internship she started working at the Oncology Institute as a young researcher. In 2002 she finished her specialization from internal medicine and in 2003 received her PhD from the filed of clinical oncology. As an oncologist she works in the filed of breast and urogenital cancer while as a researcher she collaborates with several Slovenian and international project. Her bibliography includes both peered reviewed articles as well as many popular science articles with which she tries to explain the intricacies of cancer to everyday people.

Prof. dr. Joško Osredkar

Prof. dr. Joško Osredkar received his M.S. degree from pharmacy in 1981 and later in 1992 his PhD in the field of clinical biochemistry (endocrinology). Since 1990 he is employed at the Faculty of Pharmacy where he is currently professor for clinical biochemistry. He is head of research at the Clinical Institute for clinical chemistry and biochemistry where he is involved in several ARRS as well as other projects. Prof. Osredkar also leads the Slovenian research groupe involved in the sixth framework program called Public health impact of long-term, low-level mixed element exposure in susceptible population strata (PHIME). Since 2007 he participates in the project – Biomonitoring of chemicals in organisms, supported by the government of Republic of Slovenia. In 1993 prof. Osredkar was appointed as the representative of Republic of Slovenia in the Control group for control of the implementation of the European Convention against Doping in Sport at the European Council. After the establishment of the Slovenian national anti-doping commission in 1996 he became its first president. The World Anti-Doping Agency named prof. Osredkar as one of the experts for the control of doping and for his successful work in the fight against doping he in 2009 received a special award from the International Olympic Committee. The Minister of Health appointed prof. Osredkar as councilor in 2002 and in 2007 as head councilor.

Prof. dr. Radovan Komel

Prof. dr. Radovan Komel received his B.A. in 1974 at the Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology University of Ljubljana, and in 1979 finished his PhD in the field of biochemistry at Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana. He is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana and also head of the Laboratory for biosintesis and biotransformations at National Institute of Cemistry in Ljubljana. His bibliography consists of more then 750 units, 110 ot them are papers in publications with SCI. His work is outstanding in the field of recombination substances for pharmaceutical industry and in the filed of diagnostics, eg. osteoporosis, analysis of microsattelites for individual diagnostics of stomach cancer. In prenatal diagnostics he was involved in the development of protocols for genetic analysis of numerous monogenic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, haemophilia A and polycystic kidney disease. So far he was mentoring 40 PhDs and MsCs. He founded the Medicinal Center for Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana, which he is also heading. He was also one of the initiators of the foundation of Consortium for Bio-chip Technology. Prof. Radovan Komel is well-known also in general public because of his popular publications and public appearances where he is commenting dilemas on genetic and molecularbiology research.

Prof. dr. Damjana Rozman

Prof. dr. Damjana Rozman received her B.A. in 1983 in the field of organic chemistry at the Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology University of Ljubljana, and in 1994 finished her PhD in the field of biochemistry at Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana. Since 1983 she has been working at the Institute of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana, now as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. She is one of the initiators of Slovenian Consortium for Bio-Chip Technology, and she is the head of the Center for Functional Genomics and Bio-Chips at the Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana. Damjana Rozman collaborated at the cloning of human gene CYP51 even before the nucleotid sequence of human genome was known. This particular work is cited over 100 times. She is still collaborating with the Vanderbilt University, as visiting professor she worked also at IGBMC in Strasbourg, France in the years 2004 to 2005. She was given honorary title of visiting professor in 2002 at the Faculty of Medicine University of Zagreb. She is leading a lot of national and international projects, including EU project Steroltalk that was on research of functional genomics of complex regulatory networks from yeast to human, and interactions equilibrium of cholesterol and metabolism of drugs. In 2003 she started scientific coordination of this FP6 project, and she is also taking part at the Centre of Exellence »Biotechnoloy with Pharmacy«.

Mag. Robert Juvan

Mag. Robert Juvan MD is employed as a surgeon at the Department of Abdominal Surgery and the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana. After receiving his MD from the Medical Faculty in Ljubljana in 1991 and finishing his internship at the University Medical Center he started working as a young researcher in the research group for gastrointestinal tumors at the Department for Abdominal Surgery. During 1995 and 1996 he attended his postgraduate study of theoretical surgery at the Institute for Theoretical Surgery, Phillips University Marburg in Germany as a DAAD scholarship-holder. In 1996 he defended his MSc thesis with the title: "Prognostic significance of the number of positive lymph nodes in patients with gastric cancer after R0 gastric resection" and started his residency in General Surgery which he finished with a board exam in 1999. During all this time he successfully cooperated with the research group at the Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and the Pathology section of the Oncology institute in researching the effects of genetic changes in gastric cancer.

Dr. Nela Pivac

Dr. Nela Pivac received her B.A. in 1981 at the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1987 she got her MsC at Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, and in 1994 she finished her PhD at the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb. In the years 1996-97 she was a postdoc at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Since 1982 she has been working at the Institute Rudjer Bošković in Zagreb, in the field of neuropharmacology and biological psychiatry; as the leader and teacher se works also on doctoral study at the Faculty of Medicine, and Natural science and Mathematic Faculty in Zagreb and Osijek. She published more than 60 original scientific articles, 10 chapters in scientific books, 23 invited lectures, and is a reviewer for national and international scientific publications. She is managing scientific projects (national and bilateral with Slovenia), and she is collaborating on the project FP7 INTEGERS. She was mentoring 7 B.A.s, and she is currently leading 5 PhD students. She got numerous awards like National Award for Young Scientists (1986) and Annual National Award for Science in the field of biomedical sciences (2009). Dr. Nela Pivac is the secretary of the Croatian Pharmacology Society, reviewer for Serotonin at Thomson Current Drugs Ltd, London, UK, chief editor for Annual Report of Institute Ruđer Bošković in English language, vice-president of Scientific Society Biomedicine, and member of the executive board of Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP) for southeast Europe.

Honorable member

Akad. Prof. Dr. Georgi D. Efremov †

Professor akad. dr. Georgi D. Efremov received his doctorate from veterinary medicine in 1956 from the Faculty of Veterinary medicine, University of Zagreb and in 1963 his PhD in the field of biochemistry at the University of Belgrade. His postdoctoral research carried out at the Department of Internal Medicine, Veterinary College of Norway and at the Department of Biochemistry, Medical College of Georgia, was focused on the structure, function, synthesis, and expression of normal and abnormal human hemoglobins. His research led to the characterization of 12 new and 17 previously discovered Hb variants and 23 new types of thalassemia. He is the founder of the National (1972) and International (1992) Reference Laboratory for Hemoglobinopathies, Director of the International Hemoglobin Information Center (1997) and initiator and founder of the Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, which has a status of a Regional Center of Excellence. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, World Academy of Arts and Science, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts the UNESCO Working Group on Reconstruction of Scientific Cooperation in Southeast Europe, WHO Working Group on Thalassemia and Abnormal Hemoglobins and several other institutions. Prof. Efremov was awarded by the highest award for science of the Republic of Macedonia in 1974 and 1994. Over 200 scientific articles published in international journals, and over 190 papers presented at International and National congresses and symposia, are proof of akad. Efremovs work. He is also most quoted scientist in former Yugoslavia.

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