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My first degree was at the Molecular biology and Physiology department, University of Belgrade, Serbia, after which I moved onto doing my PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK, as a Marie Curie Fellow looking at the chronic stress and ageing and how they affect different aspects of immune function. After graduating in 2014, I pursued my passion for immunology by taking up the position of Laboratory Immunologist at the Contract Research Organisation (CRO), then KWS Biotest (now part of Charles River) in Bristol, which helped me to get an insight into the steps relevant for drug development programmes, and build upon my theoretical and practical knowledge of immunology. The studies I conducted there were with the aim to better understand regulatory mechanisms behind the drug treatments using in vivo and in vitro modelsand develop preclinical and clinical processes for validation of newly developed treatments.

In 2016 I joined Airway Pharmacology Group (APG), University Hospital of South Manchester run by Prof. Dave Singh where I worked as a Laboratory Scientist and flow cytometry support. Here, my research focused on analysis and characterisation of key immune effectors (mainly neutrophils and macrophages) in pulmonary diseases such as asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) using a number of relevant samples such as blood, sputum and lung tissue resections. In addition, I was responsible for training of new staff and students in flow cytometry and following flow cytometry aspect of their experiments.

I have taken up my current post as Postdoctoral Researcher in Cell and Molecular Biology within The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, UK in September 2017.  Here, I work within the Microbial Therapeutics and Infection Control Research Centre where I have the opportunity to be a part of interdisciplinary team of analytical chemists, microbiologists and cell biologists in the area of intestinal biology with the aim to understand the mechanisms of cellular impact of probiotics and their derivatives on in vitro models of intestinal epithelial layer and mucosal immunity. My role involves planning and conducting in vitro experiments using intestinal cell lines and PBMC (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) to create relevant models for testing the effectiveness of newly discovered bacterial strains and their products as potentially novel probiotic species. 

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The focus of my scientific interest is the interplay between the gut microbiota and human immune system.  I am working on developing adequate cell models of human intestine that are physiologically relevant and able to mimic the situation inside the human body.  Through close collaboration with chemists and microbiologists within our School, the aim is to better understand the relationship between both commensal and pathogen microorganisms and human mucosal immunity, and potentially discover novel compounds that will be beneficial in gut pathologies and have positive impact not only on human gastrointestinal system but human health in general.


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