Contact: jelena.sarac@inantro.hr, +38515535124

 

Academic and Scientific Degrees

2017 – Research Associate (Natural sciences, Biology), University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science
2015. – PhD (Natural Sciences, Biology, Genetics, evolution and philogeny), University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science
2001–2006 Study of Anthropology and German language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

 

Work Experience

2017 – Research Associate, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
2015 – Postdoctoral assistant, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
2009 – Assistant to Editorial board of the International Journal “Collegium Antropologicum”, Croatian Anthropological Society, Zagreb, Croatia
2008 – Assistant, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
2007 – 2008 German teacher at the Private classical high school in Zagreb

 

Projects:

2019 – COST action CA16216 – Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts, Management Committee substitute
2019 – “Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative, Croatia (CroCOSI) (European Office of the World Health Organization and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Project officer for Croatia: Assistant Professor Sanja Musić Milanović)
2018 – 2019 “Centre for Applied Bioanthropology (BIOANT)” (European fund for Regional Development, project officer: Professor Damir Marjanović, PhD)
2015 – 2018 “Croatian islands’ birth cohort study (CRIBS)” (Croatian Science Foundation, project officer: Assistant Professor Saša Missoni, PhD)
2016 – 2017 “Integrated GWAS and EWAS of Cardiometabolic Traits in an Island Population” (NIH, USA, project officer: Professor Ranjan Deka, PhD and Assistant Professor Saša Missoni, PhD)
2013 – 2015 „Genetic and environmental factors of insulin resistance syndrome and its long term complication in immigrant Mediterranean populations – MEDIGENE“ (2012-2015, European Commission, FP7, project officer of the Croatian research team: Assistant Professor Saša Missoni, PhD)
2014 – „Health status and life quality of athletes“, (2014-2016, Polyclinic for occupational and sports medicine, project officer: Joško Sindik, PhD)
2008 – 2013 “The population structure of Croatia – anthropogenetic approach” (Ministry of Science and Education, project officer: Academician Pavao Rudan)
2008 – 2012 “Functional changes of internal organs, working ability and biological ages”, project officer: Professor Zijad Duraković, PhD
2008 «Genetics of Metabolic Syndrome in an Adriatic Island Population», National Institute of Health, USA in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, USA

 

Organizational Skills and Competences

2020 – Secretary of the 15th International Congress of Auxology „Growth and health – a life course perspective“, Šibenik, Croatia
2015, 2017 and 2019 „9th, 10th and 11th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine“, member of the ISABS Organising Committee, international scientific congress, 500 participants, Brač/Dubrovnik/Split, Croatia
2010 – 2018 Organisation of scientific meetings “Anthropology and health“ and Schools of Biological Anthropology „Dr. Huber Maver“
– Secretary of the following Schools of Biological Anthropology „Dr. Huber Maver“:
2013 Anthropology of Adolescence
2010 Anthropology-Transition in the Paradigm: Population Study to the Search for Disease Genes
– member of the Organising Committee of the following Schools of Biological Anthropology „Dr. Huber Maver“:
2018 Diseases and Health in Past Populations – Global Trends and Perspectives
2015 Longitudinal Studies in Holistic Anthropological Approach
2011 Current Research on Palaeolithic in Southern and Central Europe
2010 The Vindija Neandertals and their Place in History
– Secretary of the following “Anthropology and health“ scientific meetings:
2018 Birth cohorts and intervention strategies for healthy pregnancy – insights from the CRIBS study and other birth cohorts
2012 Anthropology of Tradition and Transition
2012 Current Topics in European Anthropology
2011 Addressing Vexing Challenges in the Year 2011
2010 From Population Structure to Genetic Epidemiology
– member of the Organising Committee of the following “Anthropology and health“ scientific meetings:
2011 Cultural Dimension of Cardiometabolic Syndrome
2017 Anthropology in the Service of Global Health

 

Scientific and Professional Work

2018 – Next Generation Sequencing data analysis, Institut Universitaire de Recherche Clinique (IURC), Monpelier, Francuska (mentor: Prof. Florin Grigorescu)
2009 – 2012 – znanstveno usavršavanje (analize markera mitohondrijske DNA i Y kromosoma na otočnim i kontinentalnim populacijama Hrvatske); Tartu, Estonia, Department of Evolutionary Biology, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu and Estonian Biocentre
2007 – Metodološki tečaj u biologiji i medicine pod nazivom “DNA i RNA” na Institutu “Ruđer Bošković” u Zagrebu

 

Research interest: molecular anthropology, population genetics, biomedicine, nutrigenetics

 

List of publications – http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=308322

 

Teaching Experience

2015 – “Anthropology of nutrition”, Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb; assistant
2010 – 2015 – “Molecular archeogenetics”; Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb assistant
2009 and 2011 – “Anthropology and aging”; Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb; assistant

 

Memberships in Professional Organizations and Associations

Croatian Anthropological Society
Croatian Society of Human Genetics
Croatian Obesity Society
International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS)

 

Fellowships and awards

2015 and 2018 – Fellowship of the European Society for the Study of Obesity for the participation in the European Conference on Obesity
2013 – Fellowship of the European Society for Human Genetics for the participation in the European Human Genetics Conference 2013 (Paris, France)
2012 – Award for the 3rd best oral presentation of young scientists at the international scientific meeting “3rd Congress of Croatian Geneticists”, Krk, May 13–16 2012
2009 – 2012 – ECOGENE Fellowship of the European Commission during professional training in the Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia