University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Ksenija Radotić Hadži-Manić

PhD in Biological sciences

Research professor

Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 2078 400

Research area

  • Secondary plant metabolism in response to stress
  • Design, synthesis and application of new materials based on plant cell walls
  • Characterization of nanoparticles and study of their biological effects
  • Development of application of optical spectroscopy methods (fluorescent, infrared) in analytical and diagnostic studies of plant / animal systems and food


  • Project coordination and management
  • Teaching students (Molecular biophysics, Systems biophysics, Ecobiophysics)
  • Mentoring students
  • Scientific and teaching collaborations with institutions in Europe, USA and New Zealand
  • More than 80 publications in peer reviewed international journals and books, about 100 conference contributions including invited lectures
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  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

2004-present: Research Professor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

1999-2004: Senior Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor), Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

1995-1999: Research Fellow (Research Assistant Professor), Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

1990-1995: Research Assistant, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia.


1994: Ph.D. in Plant biophysics and biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

1990: M.Sc. in Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

1986: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3.Awards and certificates:

2011 Honor for teaching at all academic levels at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade

2012 Grant for sabbatical, institute Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand

2012, 2014 Fellowship at the Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

4.Other professional activities

2017- present: Member of the IUPAB (International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics) Council

2019- present: President of the Serbian Biophysical Society

2007-2010: Member of the Parental Scientific Committee for Biology in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Serbia

2007: Participation in the organization of the Regional Biophysical Conference in Lake Balaton, Hungary

2012: Participation in the organization of the Regional Biophysical Conference in Kladovo, Serbia.

2018: Participation in the organization of the International Biophysical School “Academician Radoslav Andjus”: Mechanobiology in Kotor, Montenegro.

Courses taught:

2012-present: Lectures in Molecular biophysics and Ecobiophysics, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

1995-2010: Lectures in Molecular and membrane biophysics, Faculty of Biology (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) and Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies (postgraduate studies), University of Belgrade, Serbia.

2000-2002: Lectures in Systems biophysics, Faculty of Biology (undergraduate studies), University of Belgrade, Serbia.

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

  • Member of editorial boards of the GSB Journals and European Biophysical Journal
  • Reviewer for the journals: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, Chemosphere, Analytical chemistry insights, Colloids Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Scientific Reviewes, European Biophysical Journal, Analyst, Bioresources, Journal of Colloid and Interface Sciences.
  • Reviewer of the series of university textbooks “General Physiology and Biophysics” by Professor Radoslav Andjus (Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Belgrade and a member of SANU): “Ionic Channels” (2001, ISBN 86-80109-08-8), “Sensory Receptors” (2001 , ISBN 86-80109-09-6), “Neurobiophysics” (2002, 86-80109-10-X), “Principles of System Analysis” (2006, 86-80109-11-8).
  • Project review: 2007 – at the invitation of the Chilean Research Fund Council (FONDECYT) and 2019 – at the invitation of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia


Biophysical society of Serbia, Society of physical chemistry of Serbia, Society for plant physiology of Serbia, Society for microscopy of Serbia, European society for microscopy, European society for pure and applied biophysics, International bryozoan association.


  • 2019-2021 “Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of concrete with the addition of renewable materials – a bilateral project between Serbia and Croatia, funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the relevant body in the Republic of Croatia
  • 2020-2021 “Nanobionic stimulation of agricultural plant productivity”- funded by the Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia within the call Proof of Concept COST actions (European cooperation in science and technology)
  • 2017-2021 CA16101 “Multi-modal imaging of forensic science evidence – tools for forensic science “ (MC member)2019-2023 CA18237 “European Soil-Biology Data Warehouse for Soil Protection” (EUdaphobase)



  • 2001-2005 “Cellular response to pollution stress in trees. Possibility of application in monitoring of the environment”
  • 2006-2010 “Investigation of novel biosensors for plant monitoring and diagnostics”
  • 2011-2019 “Study of structure-function relationships in the plant cell wall and modifications of the wall structure by enzyme engineering”
  • 2011-2019 “ Synthesis, processing and characterisation of nanostructural materials for application in energetics, mechanical engineering, environmental protection and biomedicine-SUBPROJECT: Study and modifications of the structure of plant cell wall as a basis of the new materials for nanotechnology applications“
  • 2019-2020 “Hydrogels with synthesized lignin oligomers as antimicrobial substances and wound healing agents” – funded by the Technology Transfer Center of the University of Belgrade


  • 2001, 2002 “Infrared microspectrometry of the plant cell walls”
  • 2001: “Fluorescence lifetime and spectra of lignin and related compounds”, both projects realized at LURE, Orsay, France
  • 2004-2005 “New methods for the investigation of the structure of plant cell walls” France-Serbia bilateral project with Laboratory for the cellular biology from Versailles, France,
  • 2010-1012 “Structural anisotropy of the plant cell walls of various origin and their constituent polymers, using DP-LSM“  Hungary/Serbia bilateral project with the Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Center, Hungary Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary
  • 2014-2016 „Advanced image analysis at the micron scale in biology and medicine“ Belarus/Serbia bilateral project with United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
  • COST actions (European cooperation in science and technology) 2008-2012 COST FP0802 „Experimental and computational microcharacterization techniques in wood mechanics“ (MC member)
  1. Radotić K, Djikanović D, Simonović Radosavljević J, Jović-Jovičić J, Mojović Z. (2020) Comparative study of lignocellulosic biomass and its components as electrode modifiers for detection of lead and copper ions. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 86: 114010.
  2. Bartolić D, Maksimović V, Maksimović JD, Stanković M, Krstović S, Baošić R, Radotić K. (2020) Variations in polyamine conjugates in maize (Zea mays) seeds contaminated with aflatoxin B1: a dose–response relationship. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 100: 2905–2910.
  3. Milenković I, Mitrović A, Algarra M, Lázaro-Martínez JM, Rodríguez-Castellón E, Maksimović V, Spasić SZ, Beškoski VP, Radotić K. Interaction of Carbohydrate Coated Cerium-Oxide Nanoparticles with Wheat and Pea: Stress Induction Potential and Effect on Development. Plants (Basel). 2019 Nov 6;8(11):478. doi: 10.3390/plants8110478.
  4. Spasojević D., Zmejkoski D, Glamočlijac J., Nikolić M., Soković M., Milošević V., Jarić I., Stojanović M., Marinković E., Barisani-Asenbauer T., Prodanović R., Jovanović M., Radotić K. Lignin model compound in alginate hydrogel: a strong antimicrobial agent with high potential in wound treatment. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 48: 732-735.
  5. Djikanović D., Devečerski A., Steinbach G., Simonović J., Matović B., Garab G., Kalauzi A., Radotić K. Comparison of macromolecular interactions in the cell walls of hardwood, softwood and maize by fluorescence and FTIR spectroscopy, differential laser scanning microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Wood Science and Technology 50: 547-566.
  6. Mitrović A., Donaldson L.A., Djikanović D., Bogdanović Pristov J., Simonović J., Mutavdžić D., Kalauzi A., Maksimović V., Nanayakkara B., Radotić K. Analysis of static bending-induced compression wood formation in juvenile Picea omorika (Pančić) Purkyne. Trees – Structure and Function 29: 1533-1543.
  7. Donaldson A.L., Radotić K. Fluorescence lifetime imaging of lignin autofluorescence in normal and compression wood. Jornal of Microscopy, Oxford 251: 178-187.
  8. Radotić K., Roduit C., Simonović J., Hornitschek P., Fankhauser C., Mutavdžić D., Steinbach G., Dietler G., Kasas S. 2012. Atomic force microscopy stiffness tomography on living Arabidopsis thaliana cells reveals the mechanical properties of surface and deep cell-wall layers during growth. Biophysical Journal 103: 386-394.
  9. Simonović J., Stevanić J., Djikanović D., Salmén L., Radotić K. Anisotropy of cell wall polymers in branches of hardwood and softwood: a polarized FTIR study. Cellulose 18: 1433-1440.
  10. Mutavdžić D., Xu J., Thakur G., Triulzi R., Kasas S., Jeremić M., Leblanc R., Radotić K. Determination of the size of quantum dots by fluorescence spectroscopy. Analyst 136: 2391-2396.