University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Sonja Veljović Jovanović

PhD in Natural Sciences (Biology)

Research Professor

Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 63 393 184

Research area

Plant Biology, Plant Stress Physiology, Photosynthesis, Antioxidative metabolism, Prooxidants and oxidative stress


Determination of metabolites and enzymes, protein separation, gas exchange,  Chl fluorescence (IRGA,  Spectrofluorometry, HPLC, gel electrophoresis, Western blot)

  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • Research Professor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Belgrade University, Department of Life Sciences, 2007-
  • Assoc Prof, Department of Biophysics, Centre for multidisciplinary studies of Belgrade University, since 1996-2007;
  • Postdoc position – June to Dec 1999, 2000; IACR-Rothamsted, Harpenden, UK c/o Prof C Foyer (Royal Society Fellowship)
  • PhD student, Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, University of Wurzburg, Germany, c/o Prof U. Heber Dec 1990 – july 1992 (Financial support: Science Council of Serbia and Leibniz program of the Deutsche Forschungsegmeinschaft
  • Research Assistant, Centre for multidisciplinary studies of Belgrade University 1991, 1992-1996
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Pesticides and Environment Protection, Belgrade, 1985-1991.

Short Visits:

  • Kyushu Dental University, Kitakyushu, Japan ( 2013)
  • University of Hamburg, Biocenter Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, Germany (septembar ) c/o Prof Sabine Lüthje
  • 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
  • Feb, March 1998 Department of Biology, Dental Kyushu College, Japan, c/o Prof U Takahama


  • PhD (Plant Physiology) Belgrade University, 1995
  • MSc Biology (Plant Physiology) Belgrade University, 1989
  • BSc Biology (Molecular Biology and Pysiology) Faculty of Biology of Belgrade University, 1985

3.Awards and certificates

  • Grant of DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, 2013;
  • Grant of Royal Society Fellowships (1999, 2000)
  • Leibniz program of the Deutsche Forschungsegmeinschaft, 1992
  • Grant of Science Council of Serbia ,1991
  • 2004: Best researcher award in biology, Serbian Ministry of Science

4.Other professional activities

Education of young scientiests at the Institutte since 1992. Supervisor of MSc and PhD theses done at IMSI:

  • Ljiljana Menckhoff (Milovanovic), Researcher – University of Hamburg, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Dept. of Biology, Germany
  • Biljana Kukavica, Prof, PhD, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, BIH
  • Filis Morina, Res. Sci., PhD, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plant Molecular Biology ASCR, Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
  • Marija Vidovic, Ass.Res.Prof., PhD, Institute for Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Bojana Zivanovic, Doctorand Faculty of Biology, IMSI
  • Ana Sedlarevic, Doctorand Faculty of Biology, IMSI

Stimulation of colaboration between departments. Personal contribution to multidisciplinary research at IMSI:

  1. Aleksic, S.O., Mitrovic, N.S., Lukovic, M.D., Veljovic-Jovanovic, S.D., Lukovic, S.G., Nikolic, M.V. and Aleksic, O.S., 2018. A ground temperature profile sensor based on NTC thick film segmented thermistors: Main properties and applications. IEEE Sensors Journal18(11), pp.4414-4421.
  2. Veljović-Jovanović, S., Vidović, M., Morina, F., Prokić, L. and Todorović, D.M., 2016. Comparison of photoacoustic signals in photosynthetic and nonphotosynthetic leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale. International Journal of Thermophysics37(9), p.91.
  3. Morina, F., Vidović, M., Srećković, T., Radović, V. and Veljović-Jovanović, S., 2017. Biomonitoring of Urban Pollution Using Silicon-Accumulating Species, Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’. Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology99(6), pp.706-712.
  4. International patent applied: Biopolymer emulsion for active packaging uses and method of manufacturing, International patent application, 2020, WO/2020/055277.BRANKOVIC Z, CIRKOVIC J, RADOJKOVIC A, BRANKOVIC G, JOVANOVIC J, KRNJAJIC S,VELJOVIC JOVANOVIC S.

Courses taught:

  • Biological basis of cell biophysics, at the Centre for multidisciplinary studies of Belgrade University (2001-2007);
  • Mechanisms of plant response to abiotic stress, PhD studies at the Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, (2014-2020)
  • Biological basis of cell biophysics, PhD studies of the Multidisciplinary studies (Biophisics) of Belgrade University (2013-)

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

  • Reviewer for the journals: Journal of Experimental Botany, Annals of Botany, Plant Science, Physiologia Plantarum, New Phytology, Environmental and Experimental Botany….


  • Serbian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS)
  • The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB)
  • Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR),
  • Serbian Society of Biologists (SBS);
  • Member of the Management Committee in the COSTaction FA0906 UV-B growth 2010 to 2014


  • 2020–2022: Bilateral project between Serbia and Slovenia: “The usage of silicon fertilisation in order to mitigate the oxidative stress and to improve the resilience of barley subjected to UV and Drought “, participant
  • 2019–202(0)1: DAAD bilateral project between Serbia and Germany: “Barley genotypes with contrasting tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses: Do chloroplast derived redox signals mediate the trade-off strategy“, PI
  • 2019–2021: Bilateral project between Serbia and Croatia: “Investigation of the regulatory role of TROL protein in the distribution of electrons in the UV-B induced mechanism of flavonoid andanthocyanin accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves“, PI


  • 2018–2019: Bilateral project between Serbia and France: “Regulation of carbon and nitrogen fluxes from the primary to the secondary metabolic pathways in response to high light stress in variegated leaves“, participant
  • 2014–2019: Proj No III43010 funded by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia: “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“, PI
  • 2006-2010: Project No 143020 funded by Ministry of Science of Republic Serbia: “Regulation of plant antioxidant metabolism during growth, pathogen infection and abiotic stresses: role of mineral nutrition and mechanisms of transport, signalling and resistance”, PI
  1. Živanović, B., Milić Komić, S., Tosti, T., Vidović, M., Prokić, Lj., Veljović Jovanović, S. () “Leaf Soluble Sugars and Free Amino Acids as Important Components of Abscisic Acid—Mediated Drought Response in Tomato.” Plants9, no. 9: 1147.
  2. Veljović-Jovanović, S., Vidović, M. and Morina, F., (2017.) “Ascorbate as a key player in plant abiotic stress response and tolerance.“ InAscorbic acid in plant growth, development and stress tolerance (pp. 47-109). Springer, Cham.
  3. Vidović, M., Morina, F., Prokić, Lj., Milić-Komić, S., Živanović, B., VeljovićJovanović, S. (2016.) “Antioxidative response in variegated Pelargonium zonale leaves and generation of extracellular H2O2 in (peri)vascular tissue induced by sunlight and paraquat.“ Journal of Plant Physiology 206: 25–39.
  4. Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Zechmann B., Albert A., Winkler B., 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 and Environment 38(5), 968-979.
  5. M. Kukavica, S. D. Veljović Jovanović, Lj. Menckhoff, S. Lüthje (2012) Cell wall-bound cationic and anionic class III isoperoxidases of pea root: biochemical characterization and function in root growth, Journal of Experimental Botany 63 (12): 4631–4645.
  6. Morina, F., Jovanovic, Lј., Mojovic, M., Vidovic, M., Pankovic, D., Veljovic Jovanovic, S., () “Zinc‐induced oxidative stress in Verbascum thapsus is caused by an accumulation of reactive oxygen species and quinhydrone in the cell wall.“Physiologia Plantarum140(3): 209-224.
  7. Kukavica, B., Mojović, M., Vučinić, Ž., Maksimović, V., Takahama, U., Veljovic Jovanovic, 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 Physiology50(2): 304-317.
  8. Veljovic-Jovanovic, S., Noctor, G. and 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 Biochemistry40(6-8): 501-507.
  9. Veljovic-Jovanovic, S.D., Pignocchi, C., Noctor, G. and Foyer, C.H., () “Low ascorbic acid in the vtc-1 mutant of Arabidopsis is associated with decreased growth and intracellular redistribution of the antioxidant system.“Plant Physiology127(2): 426-435.
  10. Veljovic-Jovanovic, S., Bilger, W. and Heber, U., () “Inhibition of photosynthesis, acidification and stimulation of zeaxanthin formation in leaves by sulfur dioxide and reversal of these effects.“Planta191(3): 365-376.