Project 1: Cross-platform comparison for plasma/serum/urine EV immune-isolation & characterisation
I graduated with BSc in Molecular Biology and Physiology, and I received my MSc in Experimental Biomedicine, from the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade. In the last year of my bachelor’s studies, I joined a research group at the Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy (INEP), under the supervision of Dr Maja Kosanović. That is when I was introduced to this new and exciting field of extracellular vesicles. The huge potential of these diverse nanostructures immediately ignited my curiosity and soon I decided this would be my thesis research topic. During the course of my master’s studies, I worked on marker profiling of heterogeneous population of EVs in amniotic fluid. Additionally, I passed the professional examination for Associate Health Worker in Laboratory Diagnostics and worked as a Sales and Product Specialist for laboratory equipment.
Why are you doing a PhD?
I believe TRAIN-EV is the best opportunity to overcome the challenges in the standardisation of techniques and methods to increase specificity, purity and yield of EV isolates. Further characterisation of heterogeneous EV subtypes and broadening the spectrum of their specific markers is a necessity. I’ve applied for this programme to continue to explore EV field and to fortify peer collaboration in order to tackle current technical issues.
I really enjoy relaxing, binge-watching movie/TV series nights, which go extremely well with my “sweet tooth”. From time to time, I feed my curiosity with trivia and facts I will never need in this lifetime, but still, I think they are cool [nerd alert]. Also, I love wandering off while listening to music, or occasionally even playing some guitar. Always like to explore isolated places, off the beaten path; they usually hide something interesting.