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Dr Nela Nikolic

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Telephone: 01392 727467

Extension: (Streatham) 7467

 

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Dr Fabrice Gielen at the Living Systems Institute (LSI).

I am broadly interested in understanding what makes microbes such experts to live almost everywhere, and to successfully occupy new habitats. I investigate genomic traits that re-route bacterial core regulatory networks, and as such make bacteria resilient to survive in harsh conditions, fight viral predators, and colonize new hosts.

My scientific career has had a cross-disciplinary flavor: training in molecular biology, research projects in computational biology, PhD and postdoctoral projects in single-cell microbiology and phage biology.

I have published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles (five of these as a corresponding author),
and a single-author review.

 

Research Focus

1.   Roles of accessory genetic elements in bacterial resilience
2.   Dynamic interactions between bacterial viruses (phages) and bacterial populations
3.   Advancing novel antibiotic-independent treatments and phage therapy against bacterial diseases

 

Academic Positions

2021 –             Postdoc – Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, UK
2016 – 2021    Postdoc – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
2013 – 2016    Postdoc – University of Vienna, Max Perutz Labs, Austria
2012                Visiting Scientist – Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
2008 – 2013    PhD Candidate – Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, and Department of Environmental Microbiology, Eawag, Duebendorf, Switzerland
2008                Visiting Scientist – Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2007 – 2008    Research Assistant – Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS), Split, Croatia
2006                Intern (IAESTE student exchange program) – Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic
2005 – 2006    MSc Candidate – Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

 

Independent Postdoctoral Fellowships and Personal Research Grants

2022                Research Restart Award from the Wellcome ISSF-funded TREE center (Translational Research Exchange at Exeter); UK
2019 – 2021    FWF (Austrian Science Fund) Elise Richter Program: Austrian career development for senior postdocs; Austria
2016 – 2019    ISTFELLOW, International IST Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – The European Union’s Marie Curie COFUND; Austria
2014 – 2016    FWF Lise Meitner Program: Austrian career development for postdoctoral researchers from abroad; Austria
2013 – 2014    SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Fellowship for prospective researchers; Austria
2013                FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) Career Grants: Relocation Grant; Austria
2012                FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) Research Grant; Germany
2008                Science and Technology Project of the World Bank and Croatian Ministry of Science – Unity through Knowledge Fund: "Gaining experience" Grant; Switzerland

Altogether, I received five personal postdoctoral funding awards as a project leader (550k EUR), 11 research / travel / training grants, and two scholarships.

 

Recent Academic Awards and Prizes

2021    Nominated for Membership in the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2018    National Microbiology Prize from the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine

 

Institutional Responsibilities

-    Member of the committee of the LSI Early Career Research Network
-    Member of the LSI Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity working group