Svetlana Jovanic, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar


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2017-2022:  PhD, Developmental biology, University Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France

2014-2017:  PhD student, Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2012-2014:  MS, Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2008-2012:  BS, Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Research Interests
The endoderm is one of the three germ layers which gives rise to the various organs of the respiratory and digestive systems. My research focuses on understanding endoderm and gut tube development in normal conditions and upon perturbations in mice and human. To understand this process, I will optimize protocols to design micropatterns (2D) and gastruloid (3D) in vitro stem cell-based systems (validated with mouse embryos). The endoderm and gut tube that emerge in these in vitro systems will be further evaluated using techniques ranging from light-sheet to super-resolution microscopy, genetic manipulations and ’omics technologies. Deciphering the cell behaviors and expression of specific genetic markers involved in this process will enable a deeper understanding of endoderm and gut tube formation, leading to potential treatments in both mice and human.


Jovanic S, Eckert J, Savy T and Peyriera N. (2022). The robustness of zebrafish embryoids on the level of cell dynamics and Nodal signalling. to be submitted.

Bukara K, Jovanic S, Drvenica I, Stancić A, Ilić V, Rabasović M D, Pantelić D, Jelenković B, Bugarski B, Krmpot A., J. (2017). Mapping of haemoglobin in erythrocytes and erythrocytes ghosts using two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy. Biomed. Opt. 22(2), 026003. doi: PMID: 28301654.

Despotović S Z, Milićević N M, Milošević D, Despotović N, Erceg P, Svorcan P, Schumacher U, Ullrich S, Mihajlović G, Kalem D, Marković S, Lalić I M, Krmpot A J, Rabasović M D, Pantelić D V, Jovanic S, Rösch T and Milićević Ž. (2017). Remodelling of Extracellular Matrix of the Lamina Propria in the Uninvolved Human Rectal Mucosa 10 cm and 20 cm away from the Malignant Tumor. Tumor Biology. 39(7). doi: 10.1177/1010428317711654. PMID: 28718368.