Contact: nina.smolej.narancic@inantro.hr, +38515535108

Academic and Scientific Degrees:

  • 1993 Academy of Public Health (Ruhr University) Fellowship – Academy of Public Health, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
  • 1992-1993 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Institute for Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • 1987 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
  • 1985 Ph.D. Biology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1981 Ministry of Science (Republic of Croatia) Fellowship – Institute for Human Biology, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1981  M.Sc.Biology – Biological Anthropology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1979 B. Sc.Biology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Work Experience:

Present Position

  • 2003-   Professor of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1999-   Research Professor, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1992-   Head, Department of Anthropological Biometry, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia

Previous Appointments

  • 1992-1999 Senior Research Associate, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1986-1992 Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1980-1986 Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Committees, Boards and Working Groups:

  • 2009- Member – National Scientific Council for the Field of Natural Sciences

Scientific and Professional Work:

Research Experience

  • 2007- Head, project: “Complex traits variation and health in children, adults and  centenarians” (Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia; 196-1962766-2747)
  • 2002-2005 Research Professor, Project ” Genetics of complex traits and diseases in Croatian genetic isolate” (Medical Research Council – Human Genetics Unit and University Medical School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
  • 2002-2006   Head, project: “Population structure of Croatia-biomedical approach” (Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia; 0196001)
  • 1998-1999  Research Professor, Project: “Islands in Transition: Anthropological Analysis” (UNESCO; 98-CRO-305)
  • 1996-2002 Senior Research Associate, Research Professor of Anthropology, Project: ‘Anthropological investigations of the population structure of Croatia – Biomedical approach” (Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Croatia; 01960101)
  • 1995-1998 Senior Research Associate, Project: “Biological and cultural micro-differentiation among rural populations, Middle Dalmatia – Croatia” (Smithsonian Institution,Washington, D.C., USA; JFP-259)
  • 1993-1995 Senior Research Associate, Project: “The investigation of anthropometric characteristics  of Croatian soldiers” (Ministry of Defense, Republic of Croatia)
  • 1991-1995 Senior Research Associate, Project: “Anthropological investigations of the population structure of Croatia” (Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Croatia; 3-01-133)
  • 1986-1990 Head, Project: “Human population structure study through polygenetic and monogenetic traits” (Ministry of Science, Republic of Croatia; 1-08-02-03-05)
  • 1983-1993 Research Associate, Projects: “Biological and cultural micro-differentiation among rural populations in Croatia” (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA; 1983-1986: SMI-492, 1986-1989: SMI-674, 1989-1993: SMI-862)
  • 1982-1994 Research Associate, Projects: “Anthropogenetic investigations in Adriatic  populations” (National Institute for Demographic Research – INED, Paris, France; 1982-  1985: the island of Silba, 1986-1988: the island of Olib, 1989-1991: the island of Pag; 1992-1994: the island of Krk)
  • 1980-1986 Research Assistant, Project: “The influence of biological and psychosocial factors on human health” (Ministry of Science, Republic of Croatia; 1-08-02-03)

Positions in professional organizations

  • 2011 Member – Scientific Committee – 5th Croatian Congress in Human Genetics with international participation”, Bol, Croatia
  • 2008 Member – Scientific Committee – “9th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology”, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2007 Member – Organizing Committee – “4th Croatian Congress in Human Genetics with international participation”, Malinska, Croatia
  • 2006 Member – Scientific Committee – “2nd Croatian Gerontological Congress with  international participation”, Opatija, Croatia
  • 2003 Member – Organizing Committee – “13th Congress of the European Anthropological Association”, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1998-2008 Secretary – “International Society of Physiological Anthropology”
  • 1998 Member – Organizing Committee – 4th International Congress on Physiological Anthropology, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1987-1990 Member – Council – “International Association of Human Biologists”
  • 1984-2006 Member – Organizing Committee – International scientific workshop ‘Anthropology and Health’, Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik – Hvar, Croatia
  • 1983-1988 Member – Organizing Committee: “XII Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)”, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1980-1991 Member – Organizing Committee – “International Anthropological Poster Conference”, Zagreb, Croatia (11 conferences)
  • 1979- Member – Organizing Committee – International scientific workshop: “School of Biological Anthropology”, Zagreb, Croatia (held annually)

Editorial responsibilities

  • 2002-  Member – Editorial Board – “Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science” (Japan)
  • 1999-  Member – Editorial Board – “Homo – Journal of Comparative Human Biology” (Germany)
  • 1995-  Member – Editorial Board – “Kineziologija” (Croatia)
  • 1979-  Member – Editorial Board – “Collegium Antropologicum” (Croatia)

Research Interests:

  • Senescence, life span, and aging (genetic and environmental factors in healthy aging)
  • Genetic epidemiology of complex disease (genetics of quantitative traits related to cardiovascular risk)
  • Anthropological research of isolated populations (eastern Adriatic islands’ populations and Roma in Croatia).

List of Publications – link 

Teaching experience:

  • 2008- Lecturer, Ph.D. course “Human phenotypic variability” (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 2007- Lecturer, undergraduate course “Human auxology” (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 2001-2006 Lecturer, undergraduate course “Research methods in anthropology” (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1995-1999 Assistant lecturer, postgraduate course “Human nutritional status” (Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1998-2005 Lecturer, postgraduate course “Anthropological biometry” (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1988-1998 Lecturer, postgraduate course “Human morphological and physiological variation” (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1983-1994 Assistant lecturer, undergraduate courses “Biological anthropology”, “Human Anatomy and anthropology”, “Human ecology”, “Population genetics” (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Awards:

  • 1998 “Gorjanović-Kramberger Medal for Anthropology”, Croatian Anthropological Society
  • 1994 Associate member of the Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 1989 The award “Rudjer Bošković” of the Republic of Croatia for scientific achievement

Memberships in Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Croatian Anthropological Society
  • Croatian Society for Natural History
  • Croatian Society of Human Genetics
  • European Anthropological Association
  • Society for the Study of Human Biology
  • International Association of Human Biologists
  • International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
  • International Society of Physiological Anthropology