University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Jelena Dragišić Maksimović

PhD in Biological sciences

Research Professor

Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 2078 460

Research area

Research interest of Dr Jelena Dragišić Maksimović is enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant components of plants involved in defense mechanisms against different types of stress, with the focus on the analysis of primary and secondary metabolites in various experimental objects. She has developed a particular expertise in the field of metabolic processes in the apoplast. Furthermore, the special interest is given on qualitative and quantitative changes in the content of metabolites in berry fruits in order to define their health benefits.

Skills

UV/VIS spectroscopy and experimental protocols for enzymes activity and analysis of primary and secondary metabolites, electrophoresis – isoelectric focusing, filter strip technique for the isolation of apoplastic fluid, expertise in cultivation of horticultural crops, especially hydroponics, complex data analysis, statistic.

  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

Dr Jelena Dragišić Maksimović has published more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals that has been cited more than 500 times (excluding self-citations) with Hirsch index of 13. She is an Editorial board member of “Flora” journal and reviewer of numerous reputable international journals. She is the member of international scientific societies and a member of scientific and steering boards of international conferences.

1.Work experience:

  • 2016-present: Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor), Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2010-2016: Research Fellow (Research Assistant Professor), Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2004-2010: Research Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2003-2004: Research Trainee, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.

2.Education:

  • 2010: Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.
  • 2006: M.Sc. in Environment Protection Management, University of Belgrade.
  • 2003: B.Sc. Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3.Awards and certificates:

  • „Roland Schlich Grant, Copernicus GmbH, Germany“ for participation at EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna, Austria
  • Annual award of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research University of Belgrade for special results and successes achieved in scientific research in 2017

4.Other professional activities

  • formation of research group at IMSI dealing with (bio)chemical characterization of berry fruits
  • member of scientific and steering boards of international conferences (SPPS, EGU)

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

  • Editorial board member of “Flora” journal
  • Reviewer of numerous reputable international journals

Memberships:

  • Serbian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS)
  • The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB)
  • Serbian Biochemical Society
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Current: 

  • 2020-2021: “Optimization of highbush blueberry growing technology under both protected and field conditions in order to increase the content of bioactive components in the fruits as parameters of “functional food” bilateral projects funded by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  • 2018-2022: COST action „Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine improvement” (INTEGRAPE) CA17111 http://www.integrape.eu/index.php/about-cost/10-about-cost

Past:

  • 2011-2019: Membrane interaction with intracellular and apoplastic space: bioenergetics and signalization studies using biophysical and biochemical techniques (grant No. OI173040)
  • 2008-2010: New cultivars, selections and cultivation technologies as factors of intensification of fruit production (grant No. TR 20103)
  • 2006-2010: Regulation of plant antioxidant metabolism during growth, pathogen infection and abiotic stress: the role of mineral nutrition and signaling, resistance and transport mechanisms (grant No. OI 143020)
  • 2002-2005: Membranes and Apoplast: Role in External and Oxidative Stress, and the Role in Biochemical Regulation of the Redox Processes of the Symplast (grant No. 1934)

Book chapters:

  1. Maksimović Vuk, Dragišić Maksimović Jelena. 2017. Chapter 4: Composition, nutritional, and therapeutic values of fruit and berry wines, in Science and Technology of Fruit Wine Production Eds: M. Kosseva, V. K. Joshi, P. S. Panesar, pp 177-226. Elsevier, Academic Press, San Diego, USA. Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-1280-0850-8, eBook ISBN: 9780128010341
  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

Peer reviewed journals:

  1. Milosavljević Dragica, Mutavdžić Dragosav, Radotić Ksenija, Milivojević Jasminka, Maksimović Vuk, Dragišić Maksimović Jelena. 2020. Phenolic profiling of 12 strawberry cultivars using different spectroscopic methods. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 68 (15): 4346-4354
  2. Zeng Fanrong, Shabala Sergey, Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Maksimović Vuk, Bonales-Alatorre Edgar, Shabala Lana, Yu Min, Zhang Guoping, Živanović Branka D. 2018. Revealing mechanisms of salinity tissue tolerance in succulent halophytes: a case study for Carpobrotus rossii. Plant, Cell & Environment. 41(11): 2654–2667
  3. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Poledica Milena, Radivojević Dragan, Milivojevic Jasminka. 2017. Enzymatic profile of ′Willamette′ raspberry leaf and fruit affected by Prohexadione-Ca and young canes removal treatments. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 65(24): 5034-5040
  4. Ismail H., Dragišić Maksimović J., Maksimović V., Shabala L., Živanović B.D., Tian Y., Jacobsen S.E., 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 broad beans. Functional Plant Biology. 43(1): 75-86
  5. Petrović J., Perišić N., Dragišić Maksimović J., Maksimović V., Kragović M., Stojanović M., Laušević M., Mihajlović M. 2016. Hydrothermal conversion of grape pomace: Detailed characterization of obtained hydrochar and liquid phase. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 118: 267-277
  6. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Milivojević Jasminka, Poledica Milena, Nikolić Mihailo and Maksimović Vuk. 2013. Profiling antioxidant activity of two primocane fruiting red raspberry cultivars (Autumn bliss and Polka). Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 31: 173-179.
  7. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Zhang Jingyi, Zeng Fanrong, Živanović Branka D., Shabala Lana, Zhou Meixue, and Shabala Sergey. 2013. Linking oxidative and salinity stress tolerance in barley: can root antioxidant activity be used as a measure of stress tolerance? Plant and Soil. 365: 141-155
  8. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Mojović Miloš, Maksimović Vuk, Römheld Volker and Nikolic Miroslav. 2012. Silicon ameliorates manganese toxicity in cucumber by decreasing hydroxyl radical accumulation in the leaf apoplast. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 2411-2420
  9. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Zhang Jingyi, Zeng Fanrong, Živanović Branka D., Shabala Lana, Zhou Meixue, and Shabala Sergey. 2013. Linking oxidative and salinity stress tolerance in barley: can root antioxidant activity be used as a measure of stress tolerance? Plant and Soil. 365: 141-155
  10. Dragišić Maksimović Jelena, Mojović Miloš, Maksimović Vuk, Römheld Volker and Nikolic Miroslav. 2012. Silicon ameliorates manganese toxicity in cucumber by decreasing hydroxyl radical accumulation in the leaf apoplast. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 2411-2420