University of Belgrade

Institute for
Multidisciplinary Research

Filis Morina
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Dr Filis Morina

Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor)

Department of Life Sciences (LS)

Phone: +381-11/2078-459

E-mail: filis@imsi.rs

Curriculum vitae

Education

 

2005-2011: PhD in Sciences, University of Belgrade;
Thesis title: “Biochemical mechanisms of antioxidative response to excess zinc in Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.): Interpopulational differences”.
1999-2004: BSc in Ecology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

 

 

Employment


2017-present: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
2011-2017: Research Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
2005-2011: Research associate, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
2011-2013: Teaching assistant at the Department for Environmental Agriculture, Educons University, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia.

 

 

Research interests:


Plant acclimation response (antioxidative system, secondary metabolites) to abiotic stress, such as high light, UV radiation, metal excess, and drought; mechanisms of interaction of flavonoids with nitrous acid under stomach simulating conditions; plant-insect interactions, mechanisms of gall induction and signalling molecules; cell wall redox chemistry.

 

Scholarships and Awards

 

• OSI/Chevening scholarship at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, c/o Prof. Andrew Smith (2007–2008).
• NSP scholarship funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic at the Department of Plant Physiology, Comenius University in Bratislava, c/o Prof. Alexander Lux (2013).
• Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research funded by the Ministry of Education and Science in Japan
at Department of Bioscience, Kyushu Dental College, c/o Prof. Umeo Takahama (2014).

 

Courses Taught

 

• Teaching assistant for the “Fundamentals of Plant Physiology” course for undergraduate studies at the Educons University, Faculty for Ecological Agriculture.

 

Projects


COST Action FA0906 UV-B radiation: A specific regulator of plant growth and food quality in a changing climate (UV4growth)
• COST Action BMBS COST Action BM1405 Non-globular proteins – from sequence to structure, function and application in molecular physiopathology (NGP-NET), Serbian Plant Physiology Society

 

Other Professional Activities

 

• Member of the NGO “Endemit” founded by the students of the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

 

Representative publications


Books

1.

Vidović M., Morina F., Veljović Jovanović S. (2017) Stimulation of various phenolics in plants under ambient UV-B radiation. In: UV-B Radiation: from environmental stressor to regulator of plant growth. Eds. Singh, V.P., Singh S., Prasad, S.M. & Parihar, P. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, UK ISBN: 978-1-119-14360-4. pp.9-56 – ID=1271

Peer-reviewed international journals

1.

Živanović B., Vidović M., Milić-Komić S., Jovanović Lj., Kolarž P., Morina F., Jovanović S.V. (2017) Contents of phenolics and carotenoids in tomato grown under polytunnels with different UV-transmission rates. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 41. doi:10.3906/tar-1612-56. – ID=1273

2.

S. Veljovic-Jovanovic, F. Morina, M. Vidović, D. M. Todorović (2016), Study of variegated leaf of pelargonium zonale by the photoacoustic method, International Journal of Thermophysics, 37:91 DOI 10.1007/s10765-016-2092-7 (M23) IF 1.014
– ID=1307

3.

Morina F, Jovanović Lj, Prokić Lj, Veljović-Jovanović S (2016) Physiological basis of differential zinc and copper tolerance of Verbascum populations from metal-contaminated and uncontaminated areas. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23: 10005. doi:10.1007/s11356-016-6177-4. – ID=1205

4.

Vidović M., Morina F., Prokić Lj., Milić-Komić S., Živanović B., Veljović Jovanović S. (2016) Antioxidative response in variegated Pelargonium zonale leaves and generation of extracellular H2O2 in (peri)vascular tissue induced by sunlight and paraquat. J. Plant Physiol. 206,25–39. – ID=1206

5.

Sedlarevic A, Morina F, Tosevski I, Gasic U, Natic M, Jovic J, Krstic O, Veljovic Jovanovic S (2016) Comparative analysis of phenolic profiles of ovipositional fluid of Rhinusa pilosa (Mecinini, Curculionidae) and its host plant Linaria vulgaris (Plantaginaceae). Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 10: 311–322. – ID=1207

6.

Veljović-Jovanović S., Vidović M., Morina F., Prokić Lj., Todorović DM (2016) Comparison of photoacoustic signals in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale. International Journal of Thermophysics 37:91 – ID=1208

7.

Morina F, Takahama U, Mojović M, Popović-Bijelić A, Veljović-Jovanović S (2016) Formation of stable radicals in catechin/nitrous acid systems: Participation of dinitrosocatechin. Food Chemistry, 194: 1116-22. – ID=1209

8.

Vidović M, Morina F, Milić-Komić S, Vuleta A, Zechmann B, Prokić Lj, Veljović-Jovanović S (2016) Characterisation of antioxidants in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale plants. Plant Biology, 18: 669–680. – ID=1210

9.

Morina A, Morina F, Djikanović V, Spasić S, Krpo-Ćetković J, Lenhardt M (2016) Seasonal variation in element concentration in surface sediments of three rivers with different pollution input in Serbia. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 16: 255–265. – ID=1212

10.

Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Zechmann B., Albert A., WinklerJB., Veljović-Jovanović S. (2015) UV-B component of sunlight stimulates photosynthesis and flavonoid accumulation in variegated Plectranthus coleoides leaves depending on background light. Plant, Cell & Environment, 38:968–79 – ID=1057

11.

Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Albert A., Zechmann B., Tosti T., Winkler J.B., Veljović-Jovanović S. (2015) Carbon allocation from source to sink leaf tissue in relation to flavonoid biosynthesis in variegated Pelargonium zonale under UV-B radiation and high PAR intensity. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 93,44–55 – ID=1058

12.

Morina F, Takahama U, Yamauchi R, Hirota S, Veljović-Jovanović S (2015) Quercetin 7-O-glucoside suppresses nitrite-induced formation of dinitrosocatechins and their quinones in catechin/nitrite systems under stomach simulating conditions. Food & Function, 6: 218-228. – ID=1211

13.

Morina A, Morina F, Djikanović V, Spasić S, Krpo-Ćetković J, KostićB, Lenhardt M (2015) Common barbel (Barbus barbus) as a bioindicator of surface river sediment pollution with Cu and Zn in three rivers of the Danube River Basin in Serbia Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23: 6723–6734. – ID=1214

14.

Milanović S, Janković-Tomanić M, Kostić I, Kostić M, Morina F, Živanović B, Lazarević J (2015) Behavioural and physiological plasticity of gypsy moth larvae to host plant switching. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 158: 152–162. – ID=1215

15.

Danilović G, Morina F, Satovic Z, ProkićLj, Panković D (2015) Genetic variability of Verbascum populations from metal polluted and unpolluted sites. Genetika, 47(1): 245-251. – ID=1216

16.

Morina F, Vidović M, Kukavica B, Veljović-Jovanović S (2015) Induction of peroxidase isoforms in the roots of two Verbascum thapsus L populations is involved in adaptive responses to excess Zn2+ and Cu2+. Botanica Serbica, 39(2). – ID=1220

17.

Vidović M, Morina F, Milić S, Veljović-Jovanović S (2015) Аn improved HPLC-DAD method for simultaneously measuring phenolics in the leaves of Tilia platyphyllos and Ailanthus altissima. Botanica Serbica, 39(2). – ID=1221

18.

Veljović-Jovanović S, Morina F, Yamauchi R, Hirota S, Takahama U (2014) Interactions between (+)-Catechin and Quercetin during their oxidation by nitrite under the conditions simulating the stomach. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62: 4951-4959. – ID=1213

19.

Morina F., Jovanovic Lj., Vidovic M., Suznjevic D., Tripkovic D., Milic S., Sreckovic T., Veljovic-Jovanovic S. (2013) Antioxidative status and acclimatization capacity of bamboo – potential use for air quality improvement in urban areas. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 22, 1763-1769. – ID=960

20.

Glušac J, Morina F, Veljović-Jovanović S, Boroja M, Kukavica B (2013) Changes in the antioxidative metabolism induced by drought and Cd excess in the leaves of houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum L.). Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 22: 1770-1778. – ID=1217

21.

Ćurčić N, Veličanski A, Cvetković D, Morina F, Veljović-Jovanović S, Panković D (2013) Antifungal Activity of Quinhydrone Against Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 22:1758-1762. – ID=1218

22.

Kukavica B, Morina F, Janjić N, Boroja M, Jovanović Lj, Veljović-Jovanović S (2013) Effects of mixed saline and alkaline stresses on morphology and anatomy of Pisum sativum L.- the role of peroxidase and ascorbate oxidase in growth regulation. Archives of Biological Sciences, 65: 265-278. – ID=1219

23.

Lalević B., Raičević V., Kiković D., Jovanović Lj., Surlan-Momirović G., Jović J., Reza Talaie A., Morina F. (2011) Biodegradation of MTBE by bacteria isolated from oil hydrocarbons-contaminated environments. International Journal of Environmental Research 5: 827-832 – ID=533

24.

Morina F., Jovanovic Lj., Mojovic M., Vidovic M., Pankovic D., Veljovic Jovanovic S. (2010) Zinc-induced oxidative stress in Verbascum thapsus is caused by an accumulation of reactive oxygen species and quinhydrone in the cell wall. Physiologia Plantarum 140(3): 209-224. Plant Sciences 26/188 3.067 – ID=780

25.

Morina F., Jovanović Lj., Kukavica B., Veljović-Jovanović S. (2008) Peroxidase, phenolics and antioxidative capacity of common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.) grown in a zinc excess. Archives of Biological Sciences, Belgrade 60: 687-695 – ID=531

 

Current projects

Project ID
Project Title
Financial Source
My Status
III43010 Modulation of antioxidative metabolism in plants for improvement of plant abiotic stress tolerance and identification of new biomarkers for application in remediation and monitoring of degraded biotopes Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia Member
OI173045 Fishes as water quality indicators in open waters of Serbia Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia Member
COST Action FA0906 UV-B radiation: A specific regulator of plant growth and food quality in a changing climate (UV4growth) COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Participant