Precast Team

BioSense Institute


Dr. Nikola Knezevic

Dr. Nikola Knežević is the Principal Investigator of the PRECAST project and a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Sensing Technologies, BioSense Institute. He graduated with PhD in Chemistry in 2009 at Iowa State University, USA; under the supervision of late Prof. Victor Shang-Yi Lin. He obtained further research experience as a Postdoctoral fellow at University of Houston (research in multistep organic synthesis), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (research in nanomaterials science), Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (research in nanomaterials science), FP7 – ERA Chairs Postdoctoral researcher at Vinča Nuclear Institute and as Pole Chimie Balard Visiting professor at the University of Montpellier. Nikola’s record of over 60 scientific publications includes 2 book chapters and 30 peer-reviewed articles in highly ranked international journals with over 1000 citations and H index 15. Nikola is the project coordinator of one H2020 project (NANOFACTS GA 952259), two Serbian national projects (PRECAST – 6060755, Proof of concept – 5566) and two bilateral research projects (with France and Germany). His research interests include synthesis of functional bioresponsive nanomaterials and their applications in health protection and construction of biosensors.


Dr. Ivana Gadjanski

Ivana Gadjanski PhD is Research Associate Professor and Assistant Director for Science at BioSense Institute, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated from the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade as the 1st in the class (2003). She obtained PhD in Neuroscience (summa cum laude -oral presentation) from Georg-August University & Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany (2007) and worked as a postdoctorate researcher at Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany. Ivana then turned to bioengineering field and spent a year as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, USA – Lab for Stem cells and Tissue Engineering (Head: prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic). In BioSense, she is moving further into cellular agriculture field – developing solutions for cultivated meat. She also works on biosensing for agrifood, biomedicine and environmental monitoring. Ivana is a grantee of the Good Food Institute and coordinator of Horizon2020 projects DRAGON GA 810755 and IPANEMA GA 872662.

Dr. Ivona Janković-Častvan

Dr. Ivona Janković-Častvan defended her doctoral dissertation in 2016, at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade (FTM) and has been employed at FTM since 2002. During her research work, Ivona has dealt with different types of materials and techniques of characterization, with much of her research related to the study of sorption processes on various clay minerals. She co-authored numerous papers examining the mechanisms, kinetics, and thermodynamics of these processes. Ivona published scientific peer-reviewed papers in international journals and papers at international and national conferences.

Kristina Zivojevic

M.Sc. Kristina Živojević

Kristina Živojević is a Junior Research Assistant at the BioSense Institute and a PhD student of Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad. Her research focuses on the synthesis, surface functionalization and characterization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles, along with the development of novel stimuli-responsive silica-based composite nanomaterials for applications in biosensing, healthcare, agriculture and environmental protection.

Minja Mladenovic

M.Sc. Minja Mladenović

Minja Mladenović is a Junior Research Assistant at the BioSense Institute and a Ph.D. student of Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad. She received her Bachelor (2015) and Master (2016) degrees from the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Sciences, as well. Her research interests include synthesis, functionalization and characterization of silica-based nanomaterials and their application in stimuli-responsive and controlled drug/biomolecules delivery.

Mirjana Mundzic

M.Sc. Mirjana Mundžić

Mirjana Mundžić has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Biochemistry. She is currently a PhD Student of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad and a Junior Research Assistant at the BioSense Institute. Her main research interests are evaluation of cytotoxicity of nanomaterials along with the evaluation of their biocompatibility and bioactivity.

Supporting Institutions

Dr. Aldrik Velders

Dr. Aldrik Velders

Full Professor and Chairholder

Oliviero Gobbo

Dr. Oliviero Gobbo

Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Eduardo Ruiz-Hernandez

Associate Professor

Dr. Maria J. Santos-Martinez

Dr. Maria J. Santos-Martinez

Assistant Professor

Acknowledgment: This research was supported by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, PROMIS, #6060755.

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