Vida Štrancar, MSc student

vidaVida was a master degree student in Biochemistry and was focused on preparing recombinant versions of metacaspases from algal organisms. She successfully prepared many of them and determined their kinetic properties. Vida defended her MSc thesis in 2021 with distinction.and thus identify their role in programmed cell death in the organisms of their origin. So far, I have prepared recombinant metcaspase type II from model alga Chlamydomonas reinhradtii and tested its activity towards synthetic

Rachel Krevh, ASEF fellow


Rachel was an ASEF fellow involved in characterization of Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (PfDHODH) inhibitors. Together with me and assoc. prof. Marko Novinec she expressed and purified the recombinant protein and prepared it for crystalization trials.  Rachel finished her Bachelor’s thesis with Chemistry as her Major at Xavier University, Ohio, and will continue her studies to become a medical doctor.


Anna Plášková, Erasmus master’s student UL BF

cutmypicAnna was an Erasmus student from Czech Republic, where she currently is a master degree student at the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry. Her branch is Chemistry for medical application. With us, she was analyzing various abiotic (oxidative and osmotic) stress responses in unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.


Nika Goršek, bachelor’s student UL FKKT

NikaNika was a bachelor degree student in Biochemistry was working on preparing recombinant metacaspases from algal organisms. Her main focus was to determine the structural characteristics of different types of metacaspases, which differ in domain arrangement.


Anže Vozelj, bachelor’s student UL BF

Anze.pngHis work in the lab was based on phenotypic characterization of an orthocaspase SyOC from model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. He was trying to determine its cell localization as well as its intracellular interaction partners.