University of Belgrade

Institute for
Multidisciplinary Research

Sonja Veljović Jovanović

Dr Sonja Veljović Jovanović

Research Professor

Department of Life Sciences (LS)

Phone: +381-11/2078-454


Curriculum vitae



•PhD (Plant Physiology) Belgrade University, 1995 “The effect of SO2 and high CO2 on leaf photosynthesis“

•MSc Biology (Plant Physiology) Belgrade University, 1989 “Complex kinetic of chl fluorescence quenching in intact isolated pea chloroplasts”

•BSc Biology (Molecular Biology and Pysiology) Faculty of Biology of Belgrade University, 1985




• Research Professor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Belgrade, Department for Life Science, since Nov 2007

• Assoc Prof, Department of Biophysics, Centre for multidisciplinary studies, of Belgrade University, since 1996

• Research Assistant, Centre for multidisciplinary studies of Belgrade University 1991-1996

• Research Assistant, Institute of Pesticides and Environment Protection, Belgrade, 1985-1990


Visiting positions


• September 2008; Nov-Dec 2007; Oct-Nov 2004.Dipartimento di Chimica e Biotecnologie Agrarie, Università degli Studi di Pisa Collaboration between Pisa University and Belgrade University, c/o Prof Flavia Navari-Izzo,
•July to Sept. 2003; Technical University of Munchen, Dept of Phytopathology, Freising-Weihenstephan, c/o Prof E.F.Elstner (DAAD – German Academic Exchange service
•June to Dec 2000; IACR-Rothamsted, Harpenden, UK c/o Prof C Foyer (Royal Society Fellowship)
•June to Dec 1999; Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, IACR-Rothamsted, Harpenden, UK, (Royal Society Fellowship)
•Feb, March 1998 Department of Biology, Dental Kyushu College, Japan, c/o Prof U Takahama
•Dec 1990 – June 1992 Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, University of Wurzburg, Germany, c/o Prof U. Heber (Financial support: Science Council of Serbia and Leibniz program of the Deutsche Forschungsegmeinschaft)


Research Awards


• 2004: Best researcher award in biology, Serbian Ministry of Science.


Course taught


•Biological basis of Cell Biophysics, at the Center for multidisciplinary studies of Belgrade University (2001-2007);
•Lecturer: Doctoral study “Chimica agraria ed ecocompatiilità” University of Catania, Italy (2008)


Research Interests


•Antioxidant metabolism – effect of biotic and abiotic stresses (drought, UV radiation, metals, pathogens, senescence, oxidative stress). ROS signalling, cell wall redox chemistry, oxidative modification of proteins and protection; resurrection plants.


Representative publications

International book chapters


Veljović-Jovanović S, Kukavica B, Vidović M, Morina F, Menckhoff Lj (2018) Class III peroxidases: functions, localization and redox regulation of isoenzymes. In: Antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes in higher plants. Eds: Gupta DK, Palma JM, Corpas FJ.(pp. 269-300) Springer, Cham. – ID=1526


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


Veljović-Jovanović S, Vidović M, Morina F (2017) Ascorbate as a key player in plant abiotic stress response and tolerance. In: Ascorbic acid in plant growth, development and stress tolerance (pp. 47-109). Springer, Cham. – ID=1527


Heber U., Kaiser W., Luwe M., Kindermann G., Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Yin Z.H., Pfanz H., Slovik S. (1994) Air pollution, photosynthesis and forest decline: Interactions and consequences (Chapter 14). In: Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis, Vol. 100, E. D. Schulze, M. M. Caldwell (Eds.), pp. 279-296. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. ISSN: 0070-8356 – ID=822

Peer-reviewed international journals


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


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


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


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


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


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


Majer P., Vidović M., Czégény G., Veljović Jovanović S., Strid Å.,Hideg E. (2016) Evaluation of procedures for assessing anti- and pro-oxidants in plant samples. Critical Review. Anal. Methods, 8, 5569–80. – ID=1227


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Bogdanović Pristov J., Veljović Jovanović S., Mitrović A., Spasojević I. (2013) UV-irradiation provokes generation of superoxide on cell wall polygalacturonic acid. Physiolgia Plantarum, doi: 10.1111/ppl.12001. Plant Sciences 24/197 3.656 – ID=722


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


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


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


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


Kukavica B., Veljovic Jovanovic S., Menckhoff Lj., Lüthje S. (2012) Cell wall bound cationic and anionic class III isoperoxidases of pea root – biochemical characterisation and function in root growth. Journal of Experimental Botany. Plant Sciences 13/197, 5.242 – ID=781


Comont D., Abaigar J.M., Albert A., Aphalo P., Causton D.R., Figueroa F.L., Gaberscik A., Llorens L., Hauser M., Jansen M.A.K., Kardefelt M., CobaLuque P., Neubert S., Núñez-Olivera E., Olsen J., Robson M., Schreiner M., Sommaruga R., Strid Å., Torre S., Turunen M., Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Verdaguer D., Vidovic M., Wagner J., Winkler J.B., Zipoli G., Gwynn-Jones D. (2012) UV-responses of Lolium perenne raised along a latitudinal gradient across Europe: A filtration study. Physiologia Plantarum, DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.2012.01591. Plant Sciences 24/197, 3.656 – ID=782


Milić S.Z., Potkonjak N.I., Gorjanović S.Z., Veljović-Jovanović S.D., Pastor F.T., Sužnjević D.Z. (2011) A Polarographic Study of Chlorogenic Acid and its Interaction with Some Heavy Metal Ions. Electroanalysis 23(12): 2935-2940 – ID=520


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


Hadži-Tašković Šukalović V., Vuletić M., Veljović-Jovanović S., Vučinić Ž. (2010) The effects of manganese and copper in vitro and in vivo on peroxidase catalytic cycles. Journal of Plant Physiology 167(18): 1550-1557. Plant Sciences 33/188, 2.677 – ID=779


Hadži-Tašković Šukalović V., Veljović-Jovanović S., Dragišić Maksimović J., Maksimović V., Pajić Z. (2010) Characterisation of phenol oxidase and peroxidase from maize silk. Plant Biology 12: 406-413. Plant Sciences 42/188, 2.409 – ID=159


Kukavica B., Mojović M., Vučinić Z., Maksimović V., Takahama U., Veljović Jovanović S. (2009) Generation of Hydroxyl Radical in Isolated Pea Root Cell Wall, and the Role of Cell Wall-Bound Peroxidase, Mn-SOD and Phenolics in Their Production. Plant and Cell Physiology 50(2): 304-317. Plant Sciences 17/173, 3.594 – ID=480


Veljović-Jovanović S., Kukavica B., Navari-Izzo F. (2008) Characterization of polyphenol oxidase changes induced by desiccation of Ramonda serbica leaves. Physiologia Plantarum 132(4): 407-416. Plant Sciences 31/155, 2.334, – ID=778


Hadži-Tašković Šukalović V., Vuletić M., Vučinić Ž., Veljović-Jovanović S. (2008) Effectiveness of phenoxyl radicals generated by peroxidase/H2O2-catalysed oxidation of caffeate, ferulate and p-coumarate in cooxidation of ascorbate and NADH. Journal of Plant Research 121(1): 115-123 – ID=776


Cvetić T., Veljović-Jovanović S., Vučinić Ž. (2008) Characterization of NAD-dependent malate dehydrogenases from spinach leaves. Protoplasma 232(3): 247-253 – ID=777


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


Kukavica B., Mitrović A., Mojović M., Veljović-Jovanović S. (2007) Effect of indole-3-acetic acid on pea root growth, peroxidase profiles and hydroxyl radical formation. Archives of Biological Sciences, Belgrade 59: 319-326 – ID=528


Kukavica B., Quartacci M.F., Veljović-Jovanović S., Navari-Izzo F. (2007) Lipid composition of pea (Pisum sativum L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) root plasma membrane and membrane–bound peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. Archives of Biological Sciences, Belgrade 59(4): 295-302 – ID=775


Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Kukavica B., Stevanovic B., Navari-Izzo F. (2006) Senescence- and drought-related changes in peroxidase and superoxide dismutase isoforms in leaves of Ramonda serbica. Journal of Experimental Botany 57: 1759-1768. Plant Sciences11/147, 3.630 – ID=774


Veljović-Jovanović S., Kukavica B., Cvetić T., Mojović M., Vučinić Ž. (2005) Ascorbic acid and the oxidative processes in pea root cell wall isolates: Characterization by fluorescence and EPR spectroscopy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1048: 500-504. Multidisciplinary Sciences 5/48 1.971 – ID=773


Kukavica B., Veljovic Jovanovic S. (2004) Senescence-related changes in the antioxidant status of ginkgo and birch leaves during autumn yellowing. Physiologia Plantarum 122: 321-327. Plant Sciences 31/138 2.017 – ID=772


Pastori G.M., Kiddle G., Antoniw J., Bernard S., Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Verrier P.J., Noctor G., Foyer C.H. (2003) Leaf vitamin C contents modulate plant defence transcripts and regulate genes that control development through hormone signalling. Plant Cell 15(4): 939-951. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 9/261, Cell Biology 13/154, 3/136, 10.679 – ID=771


Veljović-Jovanović S., Noctor G., Foyer C. H. (2002) Are leaf hydrogen peroxide concentrations commonly overestimated? The potential influence of artefactual interference by tissue phenolics and ascorbate. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 40: 500-507. Plant Sciences 6/135, 5.800 – ID=769


Noctor G., Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Driscoll S., Novitskaya L., Foyer C.H. (2002) Drought and Oxidative Load in the Leaves of C3 Plants: a Predominant Role for photorespiration? Annals of Botany 89(7): 841-850. Plant Sciences 36/135, 1.476 – ID=770


Veljović-Jovanović S., Pignocchi C., Noctor G., Foyer C. H. (2001) Low Ascorbic Acid in the vtc-1 Mutant of Arabidopsis Is Associated with Decreased Growth and Intracellular Redistribution of the Antioxidant System. Plant Physiology 127: 426-435. Plant Sciences 6/134, 5.105 – ID=768


Noctor G., Veljović-Jovanović S., Foyer C.H. (2000) Peroxide processing in photosynthesis: antioxidant coupling and redox signaling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 355: 1465-1475. Biology 7/51, 3.516 – ID=767


Huve K., Veljović-Jovanović S., Wiese C., Heber U. (2000) Oxygen and Light Accelerate Recovery from SO2-induced Inhibition of Leaf Photosynthesis and from Cytoplasmic Acidification. Journal of Plant Physiology 156: 537-544 – ID=766


Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Milovanovic Lj., Oniki T., Takahama U. (1999) Inhibition of Catalase by Sulfite and Oxidation of Sulfite by H2O2 Cooperating with Ascorbic Acid. Free Radical Research 31: S51-57 – ID=765


Milovanovic Lj, Vucinic Z., Jovanovic Lj., Veljovic-Jovanovic S. (1998) Photosynthetic performance of maize leaves under natural conditions: a combined gas exchange and fluorescence analysis. Iugoslavica Physiologica et Pharmacologica Acta 34(1): 153-161 – ID=762


Veljovic-Jovanovic S. (1998) Active oxygen species and photosynthesis: Mehler and ascorbate peroxidase reaction. Iugoslavica Physiologica et Pharmacologica Acta 34(2): 503-522 – ID=763


Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Oniki T., Takahama U. (1998) Detection of monodehydro ascorbic acid radical in sulfite-treated leaves and mechanism of its formation. Plant Cell Physiology 39: 1203-1208 – ID=764


Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Bilger W., Heber U. (1993) Inhibition of photosynthesis, acidification and stimulation of zeaxanthin formation in leaves by sulfur dioxide and reversal of these effects. Planta 191(3): 365-376 – ID=761


Takahama U., Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Heber U. (1992) Inhibition of sulfite oxidation in the apoplast by ascorbate and of apoplastic peroxidase by sulfite. Plant Physiology 100(1): 261-305 – ID=760


Veljovic-Jovanovic S., Cerovic Z.G. (1991) Induction of oscillations in chlorophyll fluorescence illumination of intact isolated chloroplasts. Planta 185: 397-400 – ID=759


Current projects

Project ID
Project Title
Financial Source
My Status
LEAPSyn-SCI Late Embryogenesis Abundant Proteins: Structural Characterisation and Interaction with α-Synuclein Project within PROMIS Programme, funded by the Science Fund of Republic of Serbia Member
Bilateralni SLO-SRB The usage of silicon fertilisation in order to mitigate the oxidative stress and to improve the resilience of barley subjected to UV and Dr.ought Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia and Slovenian Research Agency Member
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 Project Leader
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) Management Committee Member