Contact: sasa.missoni@inantro.hr, +385 1 5535 100

 


EDUCATION, ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC DEGREES:

  • 2018. Senior Scientific Associate. Field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.
  • 2014. Assistant Professor. Field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.
  • 2014. Scientific Associate. Field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.
  • 2012. Assistant Professor. Field of Humanities, Field of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
  • 2009. Scientific Associate. Field of Humanities. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
  • 2009. Ph.D. Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Doctoral thesis: Interaction between dietary habits and comoplex phenotipic traits of inhabitants of the island of Vis. Advisor: prof. Pavao Rudan, PhD, MD, Member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  • 2001. B.Sc. Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Since 2011. Director. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.
  • 2010 – 2011. Assistant Director. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.
  • 2009 – 2010. Scientific Associate. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.
  • 2003 – 2009. Junior Researcher. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.
  • 2002 – 2003. Junior Researcher. Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb.

PROJECTS

International

Leader

  • 2016 – 2017. Leader of Croatian team. Integrated GWAS and EWAS of Cardiometabolic Traits in an Island Population. NIH – National Institutes of Health (USA). Co-leader: prof. Ranjan Deka, PhD, University of Cincinnati, USA.
  • 2013 – 2015. Leader of Croatian team. Genetic and environmental factors of insulin resistance syndrome and its long term complication in immigrant Mediterranean populations (MEDIGENE). European Commission (FP7). Coordinator: prof. Florin Grigorescu, PhD, University of Montpellier, France.
  • 2013 – 2016. Principal Investigator. Biological and Biomechanical Characteristics of Sprint Running. Laboratory of Kinanthropometry, Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Italy.

Associate

  • 2006 – 2008. Associate. Genetics of Metabolic Sindrome in an Island Population of the Adriatic. Principal investigators: prof. Ranjan Deka, PhD, University of Cincinnati, USA, and prof. Pavao Rudan, PhD, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb. Funded by: National Institutes of Health, USA and Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.
  • 2002 – 2005. Associate. Mapping genes underlying complex quantitative traits in Croatian isolate population. Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, UK. Principal investigators: prof. Alan Wright, PhD, and prof. Andrew Carothers, PhD, Human Genetics Unit, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, UK; prof. Harry Campbell, PhD, University of Edinburg, UK; prof. Igor Rudan, PhD, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.

National

Leader

  • Since 2018. Member of Managing Board and associate. Centre for Applied Bioanthropology. European fund for regional development.
  • Since 2017. Principal Investigator. Noncommunicable diseases, their risk factors and quality of life of adolescents in Vukovar and Vukovarsko-srijemska county. College of Applied Sciences „Lavoslav Ružička“ in Vukovar.
  • 2015 – 2018. Principal Investigator. Croatian Islands’ Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS). Croatian Science Foundation.
  • 2011 – 2012. Principal Investigator. Dietary habits and metabolic syndrome in adolescents. Croatian Food Agency.

Associate

  • Since 2017. Consultant. Istraživanje ravnoteže mikrobioma debelog crijeva (MicroEquilibrium). Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. Croatian Science Foundation.
  • Since 2015. Associate. Evaluation and stimulation of psychological characteristics important for the development and performance of male and female handball players. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb Handball Association, Handball club „Trešnjevka“.
  • 2013 – 2015. Associate. Research on life habits of adolescents in order to prevent obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatian Institute of Public Health, Clinical Hospital Centre Dubrava and School of Public Health “Andrija Štampar”.
  • 2012 – 2013. Associate. Croatians in South America. Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Republic of Croatia.
  • 2003 – 2013. Associate. Population Structure of Croatia – Anthropogenetic Approach. Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.

ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES:

President:

  • ISGA: International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology. Šibenik, 2020.
  • IUAES Inter-Congress: World Anthropologies and Privatization of Knowledge: Engaging Anthropology in Public. Dubrovnik, 2016.
  • EAA: 20th Congress of the European Anthropological Association. European Anthropology in a Changing World: From Culture to Global Biology. Zagreb, 2016.

Memeber of Organizing/Scientific/Program Committees:

  • Evolutionary medicine: Health and disease in changing environment. Vilnius, Lithuania, 2018.
  • Fiziotherapy in sports, recreation and wellness, Vukovar 2017.
  • ISABS: Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine, 2011., 2013., 2015. i 2017.
  • Fiziotherapy in sports, recreation and wellness, Vukovar 2016.
  • Fiziotherapy in sports, recreation and wellness, Vukovar 2015.
  • MEDIGENE Consortium meeting, Zagreb, 2015.
  • Evolutionary medicine: Perspectives in understanding health and disease. Vilnius, Lithuania, 2014.
  • Archaic Hominin Meeting, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Opatija, 2011.
  • Neandertal Consortium Meeting, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Dubrovnik, 2009.
  • LINEE: New Challenges for Multilingualism in Europe. Dubrovnik, 2010.
  • 3rd Biotechnology and Food, Zagreb, 2003.

 

School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”:

President:

  • 44th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Diseases and Health in Past Populations: Global Trends and Perspectives, 2018.
  • 43rd School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: New Horizons in Anthropology, 2017.
  • 42nd School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: New Findings from Vindija Cave, 2016.
  • 41st School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Longitudinal Studies in Holistic Anthropological Approach, 2015.
  • 40th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Interactions between archaic and modern humans, Zagreb, 2014.
  • 39th  School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Anthropology of Adolescence, Zagreb, 2013.

General Secretary:

  • 37th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: The Vindija Neandertals and Their Place in History, Zagreb, 2010.
  • 36th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Anthropology – Transition in the Paradigm: Population Study to the Search for Disease Genes, Zagreb, 2010.
  • 35th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Biological Anthropology of Health in the 21st Century: From Describing Variation to Understanding Determinants, Zagreb, 2009.
  • 34th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Advances in Human Evolutionary Research, Zagreb, 2009.
  • 33rd School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Current Issues in Paleoanthropology: From Bones to DNA, Zagreb, 2008.
  • 32nd School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Biological, Cultural and Environmental Linkages: Current Research and Future Trends, Zagreb, 2006.
  • 31st School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Emerging Era of High Throughout in Population Genetics, Zagreb-Hvar-Dubrovnik, 2005.

Secretary:

  • 30th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Molecular Genetics in the Study of Human Evolution and Diversity, Zagreb-Hvar, 2004.

Member of Organizing Committee:

  • 38th School of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver”: Current Research on Palaeolithic in Southern and Central Europe, Zagreb, 2011.

 

Anthropology and Health

President:

  • 37th Anthropology and Health: Birth cohorts and intervention strategies for healthy pregnancy – insights from the CRIBS study and other birth cohorts, Hvar 2018.
  • 36th Anthropology and Health: Anthropology in the Service of Global Health, Dubrovnik 2017.
  • 35th Anthropology and Health: The convergence of anthropological subfields in research on health and illness: cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic factors, Dubrovnik, 2014.
  • 34th Anthropology and Health: Anthropology and Personalised Medicine: Impacting the Future of Comprehensive Healthcare, Dubrovnik, 2013.
  • 33rd Anthropology and Health: Anthropology of Transition and Tradition, Dubrovnik, 2012.
  • 32nd Anthropology and Health: Current Topics in European Anthropology, Dubrovnik, 2012.

General Secretary:

  • 31st Anthropology and Health: Addressing Vexing Challenges in the Year 2011, Dubrovnik, 2011.
  • 29th Anthropology and Health: New Challenges in Molecular Anthropology and Genetics, Dubrovnik, 2009.
  • 28th Anthropology and Health: Developing Research and Design and Analysis Models to Study Determinants of Health and Wellbeing, Dubrovnik, 2009.
  • 27th Anthropology and Health: Perspectives on Woman and the Obesity Pandemic: Causes, Costs and Controls, Hvar, 2006.

Member of Organizing Committee:

  • 26th Anthropology and Health: Cross Cultural Aspects of Mental Health and Psychological well-being Immigrant/Refugee, Hvar. 2004.
  • 25th Anthropology and Health: Domains of Application in the 21st Century, Hvar, 2004.

ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY PROGRAMS:

  • 2016. Organization of international study program Nutritional Anthropology in collaboration with University of South Florida (under the leadership of prof. Roberta Baer, PhD) as a part of “Study Abroad”.
  • 2009. – 2010. Organization of international study program in collaboration with University of Central Florida (under the leadership of prof. Leslie Sue Lieberman, PhD) as a part of “Study Abroad”.

Committees, Boards and Working Groups:

  • 2018 – 2022. Vice-president. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).
  • Since 2018. Member of Managing Board. Centre for Applied Bioanthropology.
  • Since 2018. President. Croatian-Israeli Business Club.
  • Since 2017. President. International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology.
  • Since 2015. Member of Management Committee. Croatian Society for Human Genetics.
  • Since 2014. Deputy Chair. Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology (IUAES).
  • Since 2013. Member of Scientific Council. Scientific Council for Anthropological Research of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  • Since 2012. Vice President. International research center Processus montanus, Lokve, Croatia.
  • 2011 – 2013. International Committee Member. Biosocial Society.
  • 2008 – 2010. Member of Management Board. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.

List of Publications link


Teaching Experience:

  • Since 2011. Assistant teacher. Graduate course. University Centre for Forensic Sciences, University of Split. Basics of population genetics.
  • Since 2010. Assistant teacher. Postgraduate course „Nutrition“. Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb.
  • 2010 – 2016. Teacher. Undergraduate course. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Anthropology of Food.
  • 2008 – 2011. Assistant teacher. Postgraduate course “History of Population”, University of Dubrovnik. Anthropology – Human Population Biology.
  • Since 2007. Assistant teacher. Undergraduate course, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Biological Anthropology.
  • 2007 – 2016. Teacher. Undergraduate course, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Introduction to Anthropology.

Mentorships:

  • Since 2015 Mentor. Antonija Brozović Krijan: doctoral thesis Metabolic syndrome and environmental risk factors in mothers of island and coastal populations (PhD study in biology, Faculty of Science, Zagreb)
  • Since 2012 Co-mentor. Dora Babić: doctoral thesis The effect of apple juice on the quality of life of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (PhD study in nutrition, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Zagreb)
  • Since 2011 Co-mentor. Iva Dumbović Dubravčić: doctoral thesis The protein profile of exhaled breath condensate in children with gastroesophageal reflux disease and/or asthma (PhD study in biology, Faculty of Science, Zagreb)
  • Since 2011 Mentor. Olgica Martinis: doctoral thesis Dietary habits and metabolic syndrome in adolescents (PhD study in nutrition, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Zagreb)
  • Since 2010. Mentor. Alen Šelović: defended doctoral thesis (in 2014) Relationship between anthropometric indicators of pregnant women and fetuses (School of Medicine, University of Zagreb)

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

National:

  • Croatian Society for Human Genetics
  • Croatian Anthropological Society
  • Croatian Society for Biotechnology
  • Croatian Society for Diabetes
  • Croatian Society for Obesity (member of EASO – European Association for the Study of Obesity)
  • Croatian-Israeli Business Club

International:

  • International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS)
  • Biosocial Society
  • International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA)
  • European Anthropological Association (EAA)
  • International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
  • IUAES, Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology
  • International Association of Human Biologists
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
  • Rotary International