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doc. dr. sc. Morana Dulić

Title: Assistant Professor
Location: 313/ZBK
Public phone number:+385 1 4606 235
Internal phone number:6235
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of Biochemistry
Graduation year:2006
PhD graduation year:2012
Employed in this institution since:2006

Teaching duties



integrated undergraduate and graduate


Education at Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb: Diploma thesis (Molecular Biology, 2006.); Doctoral thesis (Biology, 2012.).

Affiliation and current position: Division of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb; Assistant professor (2016–).

Previous positions: Assistant (2006 – 2012), Division of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Senior Assistant (2012 – 2016), Division of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

Visits to foreign research and education institutions: 2014 European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Grenoble (duration: thrice one month)

2015 Proteome Center, University of Tuebingen (duration: one month)

Research interest: Proofreading of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, enzyme kinetics, thermodynamics, molecular evolution

Scientific papers: co-author of 11 scientific papers in journals indexed in Web of Science database and 1 professional paper

Awards and recognitions and memberships: Member of the Croatian Chemical Society and Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Participation in research projects: Structural diversity of seryl-tRNA synthetases and the accuracy of protein synthesis, funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (PI: Ivana WeygandĐurašević, 2007-2011) Mechanism of proofreading by class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, funded by NIH/FIRCA (PI: Ita Gruić-Sovulj and John J. Perona, 2008-2011) Mapping of the isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase active site aimed to develop new inhibitors, funded by the Adris Foundation (PI: Ita Gruić-Sovulj, 2011-2013) The origin of amino acid specificity in editing class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and cellular requirements for proofreading, funded by the Unity through Knowledge Fund (PI: Ita Gruić-Sovulj, 2013-2015) Macromolecular interactions in protein biosynthesis, INTEGRA-LIFE, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research (PI: Ita Gruić-Sovulj, 2013-2016) Role of translational quality control mechanisms in maintaining the functional Escherichia coli proteome, funded by MZOŠ and DAAD (PI: Ita Gruić Sovulj and Boris Maček, 2014- 2015).

Published papers recorded in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography Database (CROSBI)

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Dulic M, Cvetesic N, Zivkovic I, Palencia A, Cusack S, Bertosa B, Gruic-Sovulj, I, Kinetic Origin of Substrate Specificity in Post-Transfer Editing by Leucyl-tRNA Synthetase, Journal of molecular biology, 430 (2018), 1; 1-16.

Voller J-S, Dulic M, Gerling- Driessen UIM, Biava H, Baumann T, Budisa N, Gruic-Sovulj I, Koksch B, Discovery and Investigation of Natural Editing Function against Artificial Amino Acids in Protein Translation, ACS Central Science, 3 (2017), 73-80

Cvetesic N, Dulic M, Bilus M, Sostaric N, Lenhard B, Gruic- Sovulj I, Naturally Occurring Isoleucyl-tRNA Synthetase without tRNA-dependent Pre-transfer Editing, The Journal of biological chemistry, 291 (2016), 8618-8631

Dulic M, Perona JJ, Gruic-Sovulj I, Determinants for tRNA-dependent pre-transfer editing in the synthetic site of isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase, Biochemistry 53 (2014), 6189-6198.

Dulic M, Cvetesic N, Perona JJ, Gruic-Sovulj I, Partitioning of tRNA-dependent Editing between Pre- and Post-transfer Pathways in Class I Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases, J Biol Chem, 285 (2010), 23799-23809.