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

 

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2015. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science; PhD in biology, Thesis Title: Paternal genetic heritage of Croatia in the European context – Y chromosome analysis of the population of Croatian mainland and islands
  • 2001–2006 Study of Anthropology and German language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

Work Experience

  • October 2009 – Assistant to Editorial board of the International Journal “Collegium Antropologicum”, Croatian Anthropological Society, Zagreb
  • September 2008 – Research assistant at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Department of Medical Anthropology

Projects:

  • 2014 – „Genetic and environmental factors of insulin resistance syndrome and its long term complication in immigrant Mediterranean populations – MEDIGENE“, 2012-2015, European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme, project officer of the Croatian research team: Saša Missoni, PhD
  • 2014 – „Health status and life quality of athletes“, 2014-2016, Polyclinic for occupational and sports medicine, research officer: Joško Sindik, PhD
  • 2008 – 2013 “The population structure of Croatia – anthropogenetic approach”, 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
  • September 2007 – June 2008 German teacher at the Private classical high school in Zagreb

Organizational Skills and Competences

  • 2014 participation in a two-day workshop „From a project idea to a sucessful application to the ESF grant“ for the application to a European social fond grant
  • 2009 – 2012 Organisation of the scientific meetings “Anthropology and health” and Schools of Biological Anthropology

Scientific and Professional Work

  • oral presentation under the title „Maternal genetic heritage of uskoks from Žumberak in the context of a broader SE European genetic diversity” at the international scientific meeting “3rd Congress of Croatian Geneticists”, Krk, May 13–16 2012
  • June, 2010 – „Susak – A Natural Experiment“, scientific meeting „Anthropology and health“ under the title “From Population Structure to Genetic Epidemiology”, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • March/April/May 2009/10/11/12 – analysis of mtDNA and Y chromosome markers on Croatian insular and continental populations, Department of Evolutionary Biology, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Estonian Biocenter, Tartu University, Estonia
  • 16–24 April 2007 – Methodological course in biology and medicine at the “Ruđer Bošković” Institute in Zagreb, with a focus on DNA and RNA

Research interest: molecular anthropology, population genetics, evolutionary biology

List of Publications – link

Congresses:

  • European Human Genetics Conference 2013, lipanj 2013, Paris, France
  • 8th ISABS Conference in Forensic, Anthropologic and Medical Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Translational Medicine, June 2013, Split, Croatia
  • 2nd International Anthropological Symposium “Anthropology and Public Health”, November 2012, Portorož, Slovenia
  • The Current Topics in European Anthropology, August 2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 3rd Congress of Croatian Geneticists, June 2012, Krk, Croatia
  • 7th ISABS Conference on Forensic, Anthropologic and Medical Genetics, June 2011, Brač, Croatia

Teaching Experience

  • 2009 and 2011 – “Anthropology and aging”; assistant
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 – “Molecular archeogenetics”; assistant

Memberships in Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Croatian Anthropological Society
  • Croatian Society of Human Genetics
  • European Society of Human Genetics
  • Croatian Obesity Society

Research Grants

  • 2013 European Society for Human Genetics Fellowship for participation at European Human Genetics Conference 2013 (Paris, France)
  • 2009 – 2012 ECOGENE stipend for researchers from European commission during the scientific training in Estonian Biocentre

Awards

  • 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, for the oral presentation under the title „Maternal genetic heritage of uskoks from Žumberak in the context of a broader SE European genetic diversity”