University of Belgrade

Institute for
Multidisciplinary Research

Filis Morina

Dr Filis Morina

Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor)

Department of Life Sciences (LS)

Phone: +381-11/2078-459


Curriculum vitae



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.




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.



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

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

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


Morina F, Vidović M, Srećković T, Radović V & Veljović-Jovanović S (2017) Biomonitoring of urban pollution using silicon-accumulating species, Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 99, 706-12. doi: 10.1007/s00128-017-2189-0. – ID=1529


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., 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
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 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