was awarded his PhD degree from the National University of Ireland on the creation of nanoscale lanthanide oxides. Following work in Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa), in Infineon Technologies AG (Villach, Austria) and a postdoctoral fellowship on the development of new nanoscale materials at University College Cork he took up a research post in the Ruđer Bošković Institute. His research presently focuses on the fate of nanoparticles among various trophic levels in the marine environment, toxicity of nanomaterials and the development of nanoparticle-based biosensors for marine toxins.
As a graduate in food technology and biochemical engineering, he served as head of the laboratory for food quality control in the Public Health Institute of the Istrian Region (Croatia), subsequently accepting a research position at RBI focusing on the induction and characterization of detoxification enzymes in marine invertebrates and fish, specific enzyme activity, mRNA expression and the influence of genotoxic xenobiotics and programmed cell death mechanisms. He currently works on the development of novel immunoassays and analytical biochemical techniques for DNA integrity determination.
is an established senior scientist with internationally recognized expertise in the area of supramolecular organisation and self-assembly of organic materials in aqueous environments, electrochemical sensors and characterization of new materials and nanostructures. She introduced atomic force microscopy (AFM) into the scientific community in Croatia and established the AFM facility at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. Her recent scientific activity and achievements are at the interface of marine science, biophysics and material science.
is a graduate of the University of Zagreb with extensive experience in molecular recognition and the design and chemical synthesis of artificial ionophores and molecular receptors (aza-crown ethers and calixarene derivatives) for small natural products (e.g. amino acids); total synthesis of natural siderophores (microbial iron chelators) and cyclodextrin-based vesicles for drug delivery. Current research topics includes organogelators, self-assemblies, supramolecular gel formation by small organic molecules and photoinduced gelation.