University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Jelena Pavlovic

PhD in Biological Sciences

Research Associate Professor

Address: Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 3058 956

Research area

Physiological and molecular mechanisms of plant nutrition. The role of silicon in plant nutrition. Physiological and molecular mechanism of silicon-mediated alleviation of abiotc stress in plants. Iron uptake and transport in plants with special emphasis on the role of silicon in alleviation of iron deficiency.


  • Optical emission spectrophotometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES)
  • CHNS analyzer
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis of soil, plant tissue, fertilizers and irrigation water samples
  • Determination of silicon content in different samples
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • 2018-present: Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2013-2018: Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2011-2013: Junior Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.


  • 2017: Ph.D. in Biology (Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology), Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade; advisor: Miroslav Nikolić.
  • 2010: Graduated in Biology (Ecology and Environmental Protection), Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3.Awards and certificates:

  • Selected oral presentation “Interactions between iron and silicon” at the 17th International Symposium on Iron Nutrition and Interactions in Plants, July 6-10, 2014, Gatersleben/Quedlinburg, Germany

4.Other professional activities

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

  • External reviewer for the international scientific journals Plant and Soil, Biologia-Springer and Food Chemistry, verified at Publons.


  • Member of the International Society for Silicon in Agriculture (ISSAG) (2017-present).


  • Member of the national project “Plant Adaptations to Mineral Stress on Marginal Agricultural Soils”, No. ON-173028 funded by Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (2011-2019).
  • Member of the international project “Mechanisms of Silicon-mediated Plant Adaptations to Abiotic Stress” within the frame of bilateral scientific cooperation between RS and PRC, co-funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (2012-2013).

International book chapters:

  1. Nikolic M., Pavlovic J. (2018). Plant responses to iron deficiency and toxicity and iron use efficiency in plants. In: Plant Micronutrient Use Efficiency: Molecular and Genomic Perspectives in Crop Plants, 1st Edition, A.M. Hossain et al. (Eds.), pp. 55-69. Academic Press, Elsevier, London. ISBN: 9780128121047. – ID=1503

Peer-reviewed international journals:

  1. Bosnic D., Nikolic D., Timotijevic G., Pavlovic J., Vaculik M., Samardzic J., Nikolic M. (2019). Silicon alleviates copper (Cu) toxicity in cucumber by increased Cu-binding capacity. Plant and Soil, doi: 10.1007/s11104-019-04151-5 (Agronomy 7/87, IF = 3.306, M21a) – ID=1504
  2. Nikolic M., Nikolic N., Kostic L., Pavlovic J., Bosnic P., Stevic N., Savic J., Hristov N. (2016): The assessment of soil availability and wheat grain status of zinc and iron in Serbia: Implications for human nutrition. Science of the Total Environment 553: 141-148. Environmental Sciences 18/223, IF=4.009 – ID=1160
  3. Pavlovic J., Samardzic J., Kostic L., Laursen K.H., Natic M., Timotijevic G., Schjoerring J.K., Nikolic M. (2016). Silicon enhances leaf remobilization of iron in cucumber under limited iron conditions. Annals of Botany 118, 271-280. (IF 3.982) – ID=1203
  4. Stevic N., Korac J., Pavlovic J., Nikolic M. (2016). Binding of transition metals to monosilicic acid in aqueous and xylem (Cucumis sativus L.) solutions: A low-T electron paramagnetic resonance study. BioMetals, DOI: 10.1007/s10534-016-9966-9 (IF 2.134) – ID=1204
  5. Bityutskii N., Pavlović J., Yakkonen K., Maksimović V., Nikolić M. (2014) Contrasting effect of silicon on iron, zinc and manganese status and accumulation of metal-mobilizing compounds in micronutrient-deficient cucumber. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 74: 205-211. Plant Sciences, 40/197, 2.775 – ID=896
  6. Pavlovic J., Samardzic J., Masimović V., Timotijevic G., Stevic N., Laursen K.H., Hansen T.H., Husted S., Schjoerring J.K., Liang Y., Nikolic M. (2013) Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in cucumber by promoting mobilization of iron in the root apoplast. New Phytologist 198: 1096-1107. Plant Sciences 6/197, 6.736 – ID=617