Contributors

Pavle R. Andjus

Prof. Andjus is the founder and current Head of the Centre for Laser Microscopy, University of Belgrade Faculty of Biology and president of the Biophysical Society of Serbia. He is also the director of the foundation “Academician Radoslav K. Andjus”. In 1981 he graduated in Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Belgrade and obtained his MSc and PhD in Biophysics at the same University. He was trained in the Institute for Biological Physics – Pushchino (USSR), MBL – Woods Hole (USA) and obtained a postdoc fellowship in SISSA, Neurobiophysics, Trieste (Italy).

He started his research carrier in the Institute for General & Physical Chemistry, Belgrade as a young head of Biophysics lab where he developed studies on the biophysics of water and ion transport through cell membranes (1981-1999). His academic carrier started in 1989 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Biology, where he is still employed and where he has been head of Chair in General Physiology and Biophysics, head of Department (Physiology & Biochemistry), vice dean for research and where he holds full professorship in Physiology and Biophysics since 2003 and chairs the PhD programme in Neurosciences. He also founded the master programme of Biophysics at his School and the PhD programme in Biophysics at the University of Belgrade. He is also founder of the international biannual School on Biophysics organized by the Biophyiscial Society of Serbia. Outside his home institution he has been member of the committee of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), delegate to the EC ESF/COST Domain Committee for Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences, member of the University Council for Natural Sciences, and member of the Interdisciplinary Science Board for Biomedicine at the Ministry of Science. He was a visiting scientist at SISSA, Trieste (1994-1996) studying the electrophysiology of excitotoxicity in cultured neurons and at the Department for Neuroscience, University of Turin (1999-2002), where he explored the role of plasticity in the development of neuronal networks in the cerebellum. His current research within the Centre for laser microscopy that he founded in 2004 is mainly devoted to the cellular mechanism of pathophysiology in models of neurodegenerative diseases and conditions by means of confocal microscopy, time-resolved video microscopy and electrophysiology. Since the establshement of the Center he has run several projects including two national (2007-2010 and 2011-2015) and one EC Framework grant (2006-2009). He has published about 65 papers cited more than 300 times.

Andrej Korenić

Andrej Korenić was born in Belgrade where he finished elementary school “Drinka Pavlović” in 1999. He finished studies in natural sciences in the Third Belgrade Gymnasium in 2003. While still in gymnasium, he already participated in research activities in the Research Center “Petnica”. In year 2003 he began his studies at the School of Biology University of Belgrade in the field of Animal physiology. During his undergraduate studies he was scholarship holder of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia. In 2008 he graduated with the average score of 9.4 of 10. After graduation he started his PhD studies at the School of Biology University of Belgrade in the field of Neurophysiology with biophysics. He did the experimental part of his thesis in the Center for Laser Microscopy at the School of Biology University of Belgrade. He participated in two projects of the Ministry of Education and Science: “Biophysical neuroprofiling on experimental models of damage and repair in CNS” and “Biomarkers of neurodegenerative and malignant processes” both led by prof. Pavle Andjus. During his PhD studies he was again scholarship holder of the Ministry of Education and Science. From year 2010/2011 Andrej became graduate teaching assistant at the course of biophysics (electrophysiology). For 3 years he participated in German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) project. Andrej was also granted DAAD short term Research Fellowship lasting 4 months for the research at The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Leipzig, Germany. He worked there in the research group of Dr. Johannes Boltze under supervision of Dr. Myriam Peters. He was awarded with Young scientist award at The 8th International Symposium on Neuroprotection and Neurorepair held in Magdeburg, Germany. Andrej defended his PhD thesis in September 2015.