Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology welcomes new Sanja Mikašinović

A new Master of biotechnology in medicine emerged from the Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology on 23rd September 2019. Sanja defended her thesis titled “Expression of stem cell markers in primary cell cultures and fresh-fixed tissue preparations deriving from nervous tissue of postnatal opossums” in front of the committee comprised of Assist. prof. Rozi Andretić Waldowski (head), Assist. prof. Nicholas Bradshaw, Assist. prof. Jelena Ban (co-mentor) and prof. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović (mentor).

Sanja graduated with flying colors, to the delight of the whole Laboatory.

23rd Young Neuroscience Meeting summary

Young Neuroscientist Meeting 2019 was held in Trieste, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). The Young Neuroscientist Meeting is an international event involving research groups from Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Serbia, whose main goal is to provide young researchers with the opportunity to present their work to the international commission and strengthen mutual cooperation between neighboring countries. The Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology participated with two speakers, Ph.D. student Zrinko Baričević (“Identification and Quantification of Neural Stem Cells with the Isotropic Fractional Method”) and master student Sanja Mikašinović (“Expression of CNS Markers in Primary Neuronal Cultures of Neonatal Opossums”), and with two members of the scientific commitee, prof. Jelena Ban and prof. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović. More about YNM can be found HERE.

NeuRi 2019 neuroregeneration poster

The 9th student neuroscience congres NeuRi took place in Rijeka, 24th – 26th April 2019. Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology’s own doctoral students Antonela Petrović and Ivana Tomljanović, together with master student Sanja Mikašinović presented a science poster labeled “Identification of key molecules involved in neuroprotection and neuroregeneration using in vitro preparations of opossum Monodelphis domestica central nervous system”. The poster was made with supervision from doc. dr. sc. Jelena Ban and prof. dr. sc. Miranda Mladinić Pejatović.

Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology opens its doors once again

The annual Open day festival at the Department of biotechnology is drawing near, and with it, the opportunity to explore laboratories of the Department. This year, our laboratory participates in the Open day festival with a play titled “What can our brain do”, intended for the youngest participants, tour of the laboratory itself, and a set of presentations on topics about microscopy, for the most curious ones.

For more information, visit Open day festival.

‘The Sun’ dazed Brain’Art Challenge 2018

Jelena Ban and Antonela Petrović participated to the  Brain’Art Challenge. Their artwork “The sun” has been selected and will be displayed in Liège-Guillemins train station, Europa 50 area, from 1st October to 30 November 2018.
Brain’Art Challenge is part of the Belgian Brain Congress with the purpose to increase awareness about brain research and brain disorders and to fund medico-social projects for brain-related diseases.
More information can be found HERE.

11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience participation

Antonela Petrović and Jelena Ban participated at 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, 7-11 July 2018, Berlin, Germany exhibiting a scientific poster entitled “New in vitro preparations of opossum Monodelphis domestica to study neuronal regeneration and neuroprotection” by Petrović A., Ban J., Tomljanović I., Mladinić M.
More details about the conference can be found here:

New international Master of Biotechnology

A new master student has emerged from the Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology.

Tatiana Grouin, a transfer student from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, has sucessfully defended her master thesis in front of professors from the University of Cergy-Pontoise on Monday, 25. 06. 2018.

The Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology warmly welcomes her, together with her new title into its ranks!

Open day festival impressions

On the 17th April 2018., Department of Biotechnology hosted the 6th annual Open day festival, opening its doors to public, both young and old. Amongst numerous workshops, experiments and demonstration, our Laboratory for molecular neurobiology participated with a children’s play named “What can our brain do?”, describing various cell lines and interactions in our brain. The play was hosted by dr. Jelena Ban and mag. Zrinko Baričević, portraying the interplay of neurons, glial cells, oligodendrocytes and microglia in a casual, entertaining and interactive way. With eight groups and over 200 attendants, the atmosphere was playful and lively during the whole day.




Besides the play, our laboratory opened its doors to public, showcasing short lectures on its field of work, as well as basic concepts on Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and confocal microscope.

Open day festival as a whole hosted over 1000 people this year, showing childrens’ and citizens’ interest in fields of biology, biotechnology and chemistry, making it the biggest manifestation so far.

Department of Biotechnology Open day festivities


On the 17th April from 10:00 hours up untill 19:00 hours, Department of Biotechnology will be open for public access on account of Open day festivities.

This annual manifestation will feature open laboratory access as well as workshops customized for various age groups, from kindergarden up to university students and professionals. They will feature professors and students from all branches of work inside the Department, including DNA isolation, cell cultures, virology, microscopy, and much more.

Extensive information, as well as workshop schedule in croatian language can be found here.