Kristina Grabušić obtained her PhD in molecular virology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. She continued her research at the University of Rijeka where she is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology. Her main interest are extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are nanoparticles similar in size to viruses but of cellular origin. The research goals are to characterize EVs in different biological and clinical scenarios, like viral infection and severe traumatic brain injury. Her newest publication describes changed properties of EV from cerebrospinal fluid of patients with severe traumatic brain injury.
Mladenka Malenica Staver is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology at the University of Rijeka. She obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) based on the research conducted in Max-Rubner Institute (Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, Kulmbach, Germany) in 2000. From 2009. her main research was based on analytical chemistry and chemistry of natural compounds. In 2015. she got involved in research of extracellular vesicles by applying size exclusion chromatography for their isolation from different matrices. Her main interest now concerns characterization of extracellular vesicles by applying nanotechnologies: scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force and fluorescence microscopy.
Olga Shevchuk is Research Associate in a group of Proteins Dynamics, Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – Dortmund, Germany. She obtained her PhD at the Institute of Microbiology in Braunschweig, Department of Infection Biology. In 2011, she moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the group of Cellular Proteomics at the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research, Germany. In 2014, Olga joined the group of Stipan Jonjic in Croatia, as an experienced researcher on the Marie Curie fellowship, Center for Proteomics, Rijeka, Croatia. Olga has comprehensive knowledge of proteomics, post-translational modification, and signaling. She has a strong background in a field of infection and immunoproteomics and currently focused on establishing mass spectrometry methods for accurate quantification of proteins during alteration of physiological conditions.
Janja Kuharić is a PhD candidate at Medical faculty, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She graduated at the top of her class and obtained a diploma in medicine in 2011, after which she started a residency programme in anaesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive care. Gaining “hands-on” insight into pathophysiological processes and recovery of patients with traumatic brain injury made her interested in investigating widely unknown underlying recovery mechanisms. Given newly recognized part in intercellular communication and growing body of evidence for involvement in physiological and pathological processes, extracellular vesicles and their role in the recovery after traumatic brain injury represent Janja’s main field of research.
Sanja Dević Pavlić obtained her PhD in medicinal chemistry at the University of Rijeka, Department of Biotechnology where she currently works as a postdoc researcher. Her main interests are fertility problems in humans, with emphasis on the oocyte and its quality which was also a topic of her phD thesis. Her newest research is focused on the role of the extracellular vesicles inside the human follicle in the maturation of healthy oocytes. The research goal is to determine potential markers of oocyte quality which would improve the success rates of in vitro fertilisation.
Valentina Masciotti received her MS degree in Biology from the University of Perugia (Italy). Recently she obtained her PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Trieste (Italy) designing a sensor based on the DNA origami technology and plasmonics. She is currently working on the optical properties of microorganisms in biological fluids as a postdoctoral researcher in the National Research Council (CNR) in Trieste. Her main interest is the characterization of biological samples at nano- and micro-scale level through AFM and SEM. It is only recently that she discovered the great potential of extracellular vesicles which are able to change the approach to the diagnosis of diseases.
Mia Krapić has finished the undergraduate programme “Biotechnology and drug research” at the Department of biotechnology, University of Rijeka. She is currently a student completing the graduate programme of “Biotechnology in medicine” at the same department and has successfully conducted her master’s thesis research called “Size-exclusion chromatography-based isolation of extracellular vesicles from cerebrospinal fluid of patients with severe traumatic brain injury”. The main goal of her research was to isolate extracellular vesicles from the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with head trauma and to confirm their separation which would enable their further proteomic analyses.