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Pharmaceutical biotechnology: man and environment

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.06.00  Biotechnical sciences  Biotechnology   
1.05.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biochemistry and molecular biology   
1.09.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Pharmacy   

Code Science Field
T490  Technological sciences  Biotechnology 
Biotechnology, Plants, Fungi, Proteases, Recombinant proteins, Monoclonal antibodies, Drugs, Cancer
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (32)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17078  PhD Sabina Anžlovar  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2006  67 
2.  28472  PhD Petra Avanzo Caglič  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  20 
3.  24257  PhD Aleš Berlec  Pharmacy  Researcher  2005 - 2008  222 
4.  12047  PhD Tadeja Bevec  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004  36 
5.  23598  PhD Tomaž Bratkovič  Pharmacy  Researcher  2007 - 2008  238 
6.  05265  PhD Jože Brzin  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  222 
7.  10291  PhD Nina Cimerman  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004 - 2005  117 
8.  19785  PhD Bojan Doljak  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004 - 2008  262 
9.  26497  PhD Zala Jevnikar  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2006 - 2008  95 
10.  21459  PhD Nataša Karas Kuželički  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004  175 
11.  14804  PhD Marjetka Kidrič  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2004 - 2005  118 
12.  21692  Irena Klančnik Mavec    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
13.  26495  PhD Nina Kočevar Glavač  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  239 
14.  04648  PhD Janko Kos  Biotechnical sciences  Head  2004 - 2008  1,162 
15.  29604  PhD Bojana Kranjc Mirković  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2008  67 
16.  15460  PhD Samo Kreft  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004 - 2008  780 
17.  24401  PhD Jernej Kristl  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2005 - 2007  33 
18.  23574  PhD Tomaž Langerholc  Biotechnology  Researcher  2008  289 
19.  03573  PhD Jana Lukač Bajalo  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  302 
20.  25096  PhD Mojca Lunder  Pharmacy  Technical associate  2007 - 2008  258 
21.  25494  PhD Nataša Obermajer  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2005 - 2008  196 
22.  18154  PhD Barbara Ostanek  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2004 - 2008  189 
23.  19170  PhD Urša Pečar Fonović  Pharmacy  Technical associate  2008  145 
24.  26507  PhD Jure Pohleven  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2007 - 2008  75 
25.  04360  PhD Tatjana Popovič  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  135 
26.  22657  PhD Irena Prodan Žitnik  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Junior researcher  2004 - 2008  48 
27.  29603  PhD Matjaž Ravnikar  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2008  71 
28.  23576  PhD Jerica Sabotič  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  321 
29.  19786  Majda Sirnik    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
30.  21551  PhD Nina Slapar  Pharmacy  Researcher  2004 - 2006  21 
31.  07849  PhD Borut Štrukelj  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2004 - 2008  1,127 
32.  17285  Darja Žunič Kotar    Technical associate  2004 - 2008 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,035 
2.  0787  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Pharmacy  Ljubljana  1626973  17,269 
The quality of life of modern man depends on the health care and environment managing. The modern approaches in the field of biotechnology enable both, they can be used either in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions or for improvement of the environment. For example, the investigations of plant peptide and protein molecules which are protective for plants and ensure the equilibrium in the living world, can be used as lead compounds for design of drugs for human or veterinary use. On the other hand, the knowledge on molecular mechanisms of various human diseases helps us to prepare the substances with regulatory properties in plants. It is well accepted that the interdisciplinary studies in the above mentioned scientific fields resulted in a qualitative breakthrough in pharmaceutical and plant biotechnology developing completely new products, or enabled production of those which were not available in sufficient quantities in the past. Many potential pharmaceutical drugs as well as sweet proteins which are under development in our laboratories are of plant origin. An important field of our investigations are enzyme inhibitors, isolated from plants or fungi, prepared as recombinant proteins in various microorganisms or as synthetic peptides. We try to obtain substances with inhibitory activity against thrombin, pancreatic lipase and other enzymes involved in the metabolism of lipids and synthesis of endogenous cholesterol. Important targets for enzyme inhibitors are proteases, which are responsible for normal tissue and cell homeostasis, however, at pathological conditions such as cancer or arthritis their uncontrolled action is associated with the progression of the disease. In cancer proteases and their inhibitors may serve as tumour markers for prediction of diagnosis, prognosis and response to therapy. Besides plant, recombinant and synthetic inhibitors we investigate also therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and RNA silencing technologies as potential anti-tumour approaches. We develop systems for delivery of protein drugs and oligonucleotides to specific cells and tissues to improve drug efficacy, transport through biological membranes and to enable controlled release of the drug at the site of action. Our studies are focused also on the genetic origin of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, psoriasis and cancer and on the impact of the environmental and endogenous factors on the incidence of these diseases.
Significance for science
The research work of the programme group is part of the advanced trends in science aimed at increasing our understanding of living processes, improving health care and creating a sustainable environment. Understanding the basic mechanisms of cell function will also help to reveal mechanisms of the development and progression of diseases. We are aware that understanding the main factors in these mechanisms and processes enables the identification of new targets for more effective diagnosis and therapy. Recent achievements of the members of the programme group, reflected in numerous publications, citations and patents, constitute a significant contribution to universal understanding. An important part of the work is screening and developing new potential drugs and new diagnostic, analytical and biotechnological procedures. Moreover, our group is introducing into our research area the most recent techniques and methods. The collaboration with other researchers in Slovenia and worldwide guarantees rapid transfer of knowledge, good science and valuable applications.
Significance for the country
In Slovenia biotechnology and in particular pharmacy constitute the leading scientific and economic priority. The pharmaceutical industry has exhibited outstanding growth in recent years, and an increasing segment of their production comprises biological drugs. After the expiry of the industrial property protection of some biological drugs, bio-similar drugs have entered the market in the last two years, representing a challenge for the pharmaceutical industry in Slovenia. The scientific experience and products arising from top class research in this field are essential for the future development of our industry. Our group is generating such experience and successfully transferring it to our partners through common projects or through education of experienced candidates. The most recent methods and techniques used in our work can easily be adopted by industrial laboratories. Besides medical treatment, health care and prevention are important elements in the socio-economic development of modern human society, and every step towards better health is important.. Probiotics and antilipemics, a subject of our research, can significantly contribute to this status.
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