Dušica Vujaklija

Dušica Vujaklija is a molecular geneticist working as a Senior Research Associate at the Ruđer Bošković Instiute in Zagreb, Croatia (http://www.irb.hr/eng/People/Dusica-Vujaklija). She graduated in the field of Microbial Genetics, at the University of Zagreb (FTB) and gained her PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1992. During the PhD study her scientific effort was focused on the model organism, Streptomyces griseus and the signaling mechanisms of A-factor that controls cellular differentiation and antibiotic production. Now, she has more than 20 years’ experience in studying microbial genetics and biology of streptomycetes, the common soil bacteria that exhibit unusually complex life style, also the best known as antibiotic producer. Currently her research group is investigating the functions, interaction and temporal expression of genes important for DNA metabolism and chromosome segregation during reproductive phase. In addition they are investigating an unusual class of lipolytic enzymes present in streptomycetes and other Actinonbacteria from various ecological niches. Their research findings have been published in international scientific journals that cover a wide range of topics in molecular microbiology and biochemistry. In addition Dušica Vujaklija is an active member of several professional microbiology and biochemical societiesandalso co-director of the international Summer Schools in Applied Molecular Microbiology that are organized every second year at the IUC in Dubrovnik (http://www.jic.ac.uk/science/molmicro/summerschool/).