University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Branka D. Živanović

PhD in Biological Sciences

Research Professor

Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 2078 460

Research area

Plant and fungal physiology/cell biology/electrophysiology

Skills

Electrophysiological methods for extra- and intracellular measurements of the electrical potential difference (OP Amplifier LMC 6081, National Instruments, USA; data acquisition card– DAQ, LabJack U3-LV, National Instruments, USA), and ionic fluxes (MIFE и ASET system) near the surface of the plant and fungal cells; light- and laser scanning confocal microscopy for monitoring cells in vivo; program packages: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, ImageJ, Labview, Adobe illustrator, Statistica 6, Sigma Plot, ToupView.

  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • 2013-present: Research Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2007-2013: Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor), Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2005-2007: Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor), Department of Biophysics, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.
  • 2001-2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Plant Physiology, School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania (TIAR), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (Prof. Sergey Shabala).
  • 1997-2005: Research Fellow (Research Assistant Professor), Department of Biophysics, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.
  • 1990-1997: Research Assistant, Department of Biophysics, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.
  • 1985-1989: Assistant, Department of Biophysics, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.
  • 1984-1985: Assistant, Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, University of Belgrade.

2.Education:

  • 1997: Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
  • 1989: M.Sc. in Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
  • 1981: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

3.Awards and certificates:

  • University Associate within School of Medicine, at the University of Tasmania (2019-2022)
  • Annual award from IMSI for publication in Plant Cell and Environment 2018

4.Other professional activities

  • 1 October – 31 December 2014: Philipps-Univesitat Marburg, Fachbereich Biologie/Botanik-Hessen, Marburg, Germany, Prof. Paul Galland, binational project DFG (Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn)
  • 2010-2012: Cooperation with Alexandreio Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Department of Crop Production, Sindos, Greece, Prof. Ilias F. Ilias
  • 17 February-14 April 2011: University of Tasmania (TIAR), School of Agricultural Science, Laboratory for Crop Physiology and Plant Nutrition, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Prof. Sergey Shabala
  • 2 June-2 August 2004: Universitat Karlsruhe (TH), Botanisches Institut, Lehrstuhl I, Karlsruhe, Germany, Prof. Manfred H. Weisenseel, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschienst)
  • 28 August 2001-13 February 2003: University of Tasmania (TIAR), School of Agricultural Science, Laboratory for Plant Physiology, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Prof. Sergey Shabala, postdoctoral position
  • 25 July-24 September 1999: Universitat Karlsruhe (TH), Botanisches Institut, Lehrstuhl I, Karlsruhe, Germany, Prof. Manfred H. Weisenseel, binational project, DFG (Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn)
  • 24 June-25 July 1999: Philipps-Univesitat Marburg, Fachbereich Biologie/Botanik-Hessen, Marburg, Germany, Prof. Paul Galland, binational project DFG (Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn)

Editorial and Reviewer’s activity (journals, books, projects):

  • Journals: American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 2012; African Journal of Agricultural Research 2012; Gesunde Pflanzen 2020; Functional Plant Biology 2016, 2021; Arhiv Bioloških nauka 2021.
  • Project: BARD Research Proposal 5190–19: Elucidating the structural basis of ABCB auxin transport to enable enhancement of crop productivity 2019.

Memberships:

  • Member of the Serbian Society for Plant Physiology

Current: 

  • Contracts No. 451-03-68/2020-14/200053

Past:

  • OI173040 Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia:Membrane interaction with intracellular and apoplastic space: bioenergetics and signalization studies using biophysical and biochemical techniques. Subproject: Ions, membrane transport and cell signaling
  1. Fanrong Zeng, Sergey Shabala, Jelena Dragišić Maksimović, Vuk Maksimović, Edgar Bonales-Alatorre, Lana Shabala, Min Yu, Guoping Zhang, Branka D. Živanović. (2018) Revealing mechanisms of salinity tissue tolerance in succulent halophytes: a case study for Carpobrotus rossi. Plant, Cell & Environment. 41(11): 2654–2667. Plant Sciences (12/212) IF=6.173 – ID=1489
  2. Živanović B.D., Ullrich K.K., Steffens B., Spasić S.Z., Galland P. (2018) The effect of auxin (indole-3-acetic acid) on the growth rate and tropism of the sporangiophore of Phycomyces blakesleeanus and identification of auxin-related genes. Protoplasma 255:1331–1347. – ID=1535
  3. Ismail H. , Dragišic Maksimovic J. , Maksimovic V., Shabala L., Živanovic B., Tian Y., Jacobsen SE, Shabala S (2016) Rutin, a flavonoid with antioxidant activity, improves plant salinity tolerance by regulating K+ retention and Na+ exclusion from leaf mesophyll in quinoa and broadbeans. Functional Plant Biology 43: 75-86. Plant Sciences (34/204), IF=3.145. – ID=1157
  4. Živanović, B. D., Shabala, L. I., Elzenga, T. J., Shabala, S. N. (2015). Dissecting blue light signal transduction pathway in leaf epidermis using a pharmacological approach. Planta, 1-15. – ID=1113
  5. Živanović B.D. (2012) Surface tip-to-base Ca2+ and H+ ionic fluxes are involved in apical growth and graviperception of the Phycomyces stage I sporangiophore. Planta 236: 1817-1829. Plant Sciences 28/197, 3.347 – ID=795
  6. Dragišić Maksimović J., Zhang J., Zeng F., Živanović B., Shabala L., Zhou M., Shabala S. (2012) Linking oxidative and salinity stress tolerance in barley: can root antioxidant activity be used as a measure of stress tolerance? Plant and Soil, DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1366-5 – ID=163
  7. Živanović B., Cuin T.A., Shabala S. (2007) Spectral and dose dependence of light-induced ion flux responses from maize leaves and their involvement in leaf expansion growth. Plant and Cell Physiology 48(4): 598-605. Plant Sciences 15/152, 3.654 – ID=793
  8. Živanović B.D., Pang J., Shabala S. (2005) Light-induced transient ion flux responses from maize leaves and their association with leaf growth and photosynthesis. Plant, Cell & Environment 28: 340-352. Plant Sciences 11/144, 3.601 – ID=792
  9. Živanović B., Köhler K., Galland P., Weisenseel M.H. (2001) Membrane potential and endogenous ion current of Phycomyces sporangiophores. Electro and Magnetobiology 20(3): 343-362 – ID=790
  10. Živanović B., Vučinić Ž. (1996) Photoperiodic induction of flowering in Chenopodium rubrum L. might be controlled by an oscillatory mechanism. Journal of Plant Physiology 149: 707-713 – ID=788

Book chapters:

  1. Den Os, D., Shabala S., Živanović B., Staal, M., Elzenga, T. (2007) The role of calcium in the blue light-induced growth responses of plant leaves. In: Leaf expansion: integration of acclimative responses to light and abscisic acid. Van Denderen bv Groningen, Chapter 5: 93-115, ISBN: 978-90-367-3285-7
  2. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Živanović Branka D. (2012) Quantification of the Antioxidant Activity in Salt-Stressed Tissues (Chapter 16). In: Plant Salt Tolerance: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, S. Shabala and T.A. Cuin (Eds.), vol. 913, pp. 237-250. Humana Press: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. ISBN 978-1-61779-985-3