SFS 2015/2016

“Start Up for Science” program was developed to support young, talented and promising scientists in Serbia to turn their scientific ideas into reality and achieve independence in scientific research. “Start Up for Science” builds on the previous projects carried out by Philip Morris, whose aim has been to empower young people on their pathway to achieving their leadership potential and motivate them to contribute to the social, economic and scientific development of Serbia through their work.

Eight (8) scholarships of RSD 600.000 each have been awarded for the period 2015/2016 for the realization of the scientific research in the fields of science and medicine, such as: medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, as well as multidisciplinary research in the fields referred.

Scholarship winners have received their Ph.D. after 1 January 2009 and have achieved notable scientific results and have good references. They have permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia and have been full time employed in a Serbian scientific institution.

Selection was carried out by the expert committee which has examined applications and conducted interviews, and selection was based upon the criteria that included former scientific results and the quality of the research proposal.


Ana Djordjević

Ana Djordjević, Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic”, University of Belgrade, Senior Research Associate. Research title: Glucocorticoid signalization and inflammation in cell lines of human adiposities treated by fructose. Final outcome of the research is to find molecular mechanisms, i.e. mechanisms in the very cells of the fat tissue that could prevent development of obesity.

Ljubica Vucicević

Ljubica Vucicević, Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic”, University of Belgrade, Research Associate. Research title: Modulation of intracellular energy sensor and its signal path, as well as autophagy for in vitro model of ischemic brain stroke. The goal of the research is the simulation of autophagy process, i.e. organism process of self-recovery after brain stroke.

Jelena Krstic

Jelena Krstić, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Research Associate. Research title: Role of the energetic metabolism in the plasticity of mesenchymal stem cells. Research deals with the stem cells of adult humans, and their potential modification that would produce cells that could be used in treatment of various diseases or defects.

Filip Bihelović

Filip Bihelović, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Assistant Professor. Research title: Total synthesis and biological activity of Alstoscholarisine A derivatives. The goal of the research is to increase the understanding of the origin of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, whilst the next goal would be that this research could contribute to methods of treatment and therapy for these diseases.

Vladislav Volarević

Vladislav Volarević, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Kragujevac, Assistant Professor. Research title: Role of mesenchymal stem cells in the acute liver damage. This research deals with the therapeutic application of stem cells in treatment of acute liver damage which causes death in 90 percent of cases.

Marija Lesjak

Marija Lesjak, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Assistant Professor. Research title: Polyphenols - the inhibitors of iron absorption? Focus of the research is the anemia, i.e. organism iron deficiency. This research shall be based on discovering ingredients that improve iron absorption, and the final outcome would be a dietary regime proposal, i.e. appropriate diet for persons suffering from anemia.

Bojan Božić

Bojan Božić, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Research Associate. Research title: Synthesis and characteristics of polymeric scaffolds. The research idea is to create a material that could be a tissue replacement and a potential carrier for implementation of appropriate cells, and such a system could be inserted into the organism (for example bones or cartilage).

Aleksandar Veselinović

Aleksandar Veselinović, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Teaching Fellow. Research title: In silico design, synthesis and pharmacological estimation of boric acid derivatives as potential inhibitors of β-lactamases. The goal of the project is to produce substance that inhibits the enzyme responsible for bacterial resistance.


Professor Gordana Matic, Ph.D.

Professor at the Department for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade; Head of Ph.D. Program for Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade; Scientific Advisor and Head of Department for Biochemistry, Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic”, University of Belgrade

Fields: Molecular endocrinology; Molecular cell biology; Biological psychiatry; Nutrition biochemistry; Biomedicine.

Research topics: Molecular mechanisms of steroid (glucocorticoid) hormone activity; Structure and function of receptors for steroid (glucocorticoid) hormone; Stress proteins – structure, function and regulation of synthesis; chaperone role of stress protein in protecting structure and regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor function in pathophysiological conditions and stress; Role of the signal path of glucocorticoids in pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders which are stress-related (depression, post-traumatic stress disorder) and development of metabolic disorders that generate the metabolic syndrome.


Professor Marija Gavrovic-Jankulovic, Ph.D.

Professor at the Department for Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade; Chair of the Department for Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade

Fields: Connection between protein structure and function; Molecular allergology, Biomedical technology; Biochemical and molecular diet

Research topics: Structural and functional characterization of proteins; Application of biochemical and molecular-biological methods for allergy diagnostics improvement; Chimeric proteins design with immunomodulatory and/or mucoadhesive properties (e.g. lectins, hemagglutinins) as delivery systems in immunotherapy; Designing therapeutic proteins with antiviral activity; Food antigens interaction with epithelial cells – components of innate immunity.


Professor Predrag M. Mitrovic, Ph.D

Associate professor at the Department for Internal Medicine of Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade; Head of Post-Coronary Care Unit II of The Department of Emergency Medicine at Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade

Fields: Cardiology; Emergency Medicine; Music therapy with patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

Research topics: Acute coronary syndrome; Arrhythmia; Pulmonary embolism; Cardiomyopathy; Hypertension; Aortic dissection; Intensive cardiac care.


Professor Srdjan Pesic, Ph.D.

Professor at the Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis; Clinical pharmacologist; Program Coordinator for Ph.D. studies of Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Action

Fields: Cardiovascular pharmacology, Prevention of endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis, Rational utilization of antibiotics.

Fields: Pharmacological possibilities of endothelial dysfunction therapy, Prevention of atherosclerosis, Anti-atherogenic drugs, Rational therapy for hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia, Prevention of multi-drug bacteria resistance in hospitals, Rational use of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections, Non-pharmacological approach for cardiovascular diseases, Food and cardiovascular diseases, Epigenetics and cardiovascular diseases.



For additional information please contact the program office, by phone 062 226 525; 060 021 22 260 or by email info@pokrenisezanauku.rs