Institute for Anthropological research

contact: sasa.missoni@inantro.hr ;  01/5535-100 ; 099/3809-062

EDUCATION, ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC DEGREES

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

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Since 2011. Director. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2010 – 2011. Assistant Director. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2009 – 2010. Scientific Associate. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2003 – 2009. Junior Researcher. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2002 – 2003. Junior Researcher. Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2000.- 2002. Tamaris d.o.o.

PROJECTS

International

Leader

  • 2016 – 2017. Leader of Croatian team. Integrated GWAS and EWAS of Cardiometabolic Traits in an Island Population. National Institutes of Health – NIH, 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

  • 2019 – 2020. Member of the Management Committee. Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-Related Noncommunicable Diseases – DiMoPEx. European Cooperation in Science and Technology – COST.
  • 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, Croatia. 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.
  • 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 2018. Member of Managing Board and associate. Centre for Applied Bioanthropology. European fund for regional development.
  • 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.
  • Since 2015.  Associate. Assessment and stimulation of psychological characteristics important for the development and success of handball players. Institute of Anthropology, Zagreb Handball Federation and Handball Club “Trešnjevka”.
  • 2013 – 2015. Associate. Research on life habits of adolescents in order to prevent obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Principal investigator: Prof. Vesna Jureša, PhD, School of Public Health “Andrija Štampar”, Zagreb, Croatia. Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatian Institute of Public Health and Clinical Hospital Centre Dubrava. Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2012. – 2013. Associate. Croats in South America. Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.
  • 2003 – 2013. Associate. Population Structure of Croatia – Anthropogenetic Approach. Principal investigator: Prof. Pavao Rudan, PhD, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia. 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 (ISGA 2020). Šibenik, 2021.
  • IUAES Congress: Coming of Age on Earth: Legacies and Next Generation Anthropology, 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.

Member of Organizing/Scientific/Program Committees :

  • IUAES2019 Inter-Congress: World Solidarities. Poznan, Poland, 2019.
  • Evolutionary medicine: Health and disease in changing environment. Vilnius, Litva, 2014., 2016. and 2018.
  • Fiziotherapy in sports, recreation and wellness. Vukovar, Croatia, 2015., 2016. and 2017.
  • ISABS: Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine. Split, Croatia, 2013. and 2019., Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2017., Bol, Croatia, 2011. and 2015.
  • Evolutionary medicine: Perspectives in understanding health and disease. Vilnius, Litva, 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, Croatia, 2003.

 

ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY PROGRAMS

  • 2018. Organization of international study program Bioarchaeology in Croatia in collaboration with Mississippi State University (Prof. Anna Osterholtz, PhD) and Museum of City of Koprivnica, Croatia.
  • 2016. Organization of international study program Nutritional Anthropology in collaboration with University of South Florida (Prof. Roberta Baer, PhD) as a part of „Study Abroad“.
  • 2009. – 2010. Organization of international study program in collaboration with University of Central Florida (Prof. Leslie Sue Lieberman, PhD).

 

COMMITTEES, BOARDS AND WORKING GROUPS

  • Since 2017. President. International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA).
  • Since 2018. President. Croatian-Israeli Business Club.
  • 2018.-2022. Vice-president. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).
  • since 2012. Vice President. Processus montanus Research and Education Center, Lokve.
  • since 2014. Deputy President. Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology (IUAES).
  • Since 2019. Member of Board of Directors. Association for Personalized Medicine at Croatian Medical Association.
  • 2019 – 2020. Member of the Management Committee. COST Action Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-Related Noncommunicable Diseases – DiMoPEx.
  • from 2018. Member of the Management Board. Center for Applied Bioanthropology.
  • since 2016. Member of the Management Board. Croatian Society for Human Genetics.
  • since 2015. Member of the Management Board. Croatian Competitiveness Cluster for Personalized Medicine (Ministry of Economy)
  • since 2018. Member of the Scientific Committee of the University of J.J. Strossmayer, Osijek
  • from 2018. Member of the working group for the implementation of the Declaration on Genomics. Ministry of Health .
  • since 2013. Member of the Council. Scientific Council for Anthropological Research of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU).
  • 2011 – 2013 Member of the International Committee. BioSocial Society.
  • 2008 – 2010 Member of the Management Board. Institute of Anthropology, Zagreb.

 

SCIENTIFIC WORK

* 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. 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

  • 2018. Dora Babić defended doctoral thesis The effect of apple juice on the quality of life of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia).
  • 2014. Alen Šelović defended doctoral thesis Relationship between anthropometric indicators of pregnant women and fetuses (School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia).
  • Since 2011. Mentor. Olgica Martinis, M.Sc. spec .: a doctoral dissertation “Nutrition and metabolic syndrome in adolescents“ , doctoral study of nutrition, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Zagreb.

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

National:

  • Croatian Society for Human Genetics
  • Croatian Society for Biotechnology
  • Croatian Diabetological Society
  • Croatian Society for Obesity (associate member of EASO – European Association for the Study of Obesity)
  • Ambassador of Croatian Tourism to the Croatian Tourist Board from 2018.

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