University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Vuk Maksimović

PhD in Biological sciences

Research Professor

Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 2078 460

Research area

Fields of special interest of his research are biochemistry of fruits, plant secondary metabolites, and role of polyphenols in oxidative stress, HPLC techniques focused on electrochemical, DAD and MS detection. Expertise comprehends non enzymatic reactions and role of polyphenols in oxidative stress protection; role of sugars in oxidative defense and/or prooxidation; free radical mediated reactions. Special interest is given on phenolic metabolism, in particular in the apoplast and cell wall as model systems for the investigation of redox processes.


  • HPLC expert focused on Electrochemical, Fluorescence and MS detection techniques.
  • Sample pretreatment and extraction protocols.
  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

Dr Vuk Maksimović has published more than 60 publications in peer reviewed journals that has been cited more than 1200 times (excluding self-citations) with Hirsch index of 20. He is the member of international scientific societies and a member of scientific and steering boards of international conferences.

1.Work experience:

  • 1994-present: Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.


  • 2006: Ph.D. in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.
  • 1999: M.Sc. in Biophysics, Center for multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade.
  • 1993: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3.Awards and certificates:

  • During 2001, he stayed at the Hohenheim University, Germany, as DAAD scholarship holder

4.Other professional activities

  • From 2008-2009, Dr. Vuk Maksimović was in the position of the Head of the Department for Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2006:Finished course: ”First Balkan school of LC/MS”, Institute for Meat and Hygiene Technology, Belgrade.
  • 2000: Intensive education course ”Sustained development and life environment”, Alternative Academic Educational Network Belgrade.

Courses taught:

  • For more than 10 years, Dr. Vuk Maksimović was involved in teaching at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade: undergraduate courses ”Biochemistry and Bioenergetics of Plants”, “Plant Biophysics”, and module ”Plant Biophysics and Bioenergetics” for postgraduate students.

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

  • Vuk Maksimović acts as a reviewer for number of international journals, as well as bilateral projects, technical and technological designs.


  • Serbian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS)
  • The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB)


  • 2018-2022 COST action: CA17111 – Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine improvement – MC member


  • OI173028 Mineral Stress and Plant Adaptations to Marginal Agricultural Soils Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia – Member
  • OI173040 Membrane interaction with intracellular and apoplastic space: bioenergetics and signalization studies using biophysical and biochemical techniques Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia – Member

Book chapter

  1. Maksimović V., Dragišić Maksimović J. (2017) Chapter 4 – Composition, Nutritional, and Therapeutic Values of Fruit and Berry Wines. In M.R. Kosseva, V.K. Joshi, P.S. Panesar, Eds, Science and Technology of Fruit Wine Production, Ed 1,pp 177-226. Academic Press, San Diego,USA. Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-1280-0850-8, eBook ISBN: 9780128010341

Peer reviewed journals

  1. Milosavljević, D. M.; Mutavdžić, D. R.; Radotić, K.; Milivojević, J. M.; Maksimović, V. M.; Dragišić Maksimović, J. J., Phenolic Profiling of 12 Strawberry Cultivars Using Different Spectroscopic Methods. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68 (15), 4346-4354.
  2. Zeng, F.; Shabala, S.; Maksimović, J. D.; Maksimović, V.; Bonales-Alatorre, E.; Shabala, L.; Yu, M.; Zhang, G.; Živanović, B. D., Revealing mechanisms of salinity tissue tolerance in succulent halophytes: A case study for Carpobrotus rossi. Plant, Cell Environ. 2018, 41 (11), 2654-2667.
  3. Simonović Radosavljević, J.; Bogdanović Pristov, J.; Lj. Mitrović, A.; Steinbach, G.; Mouille, G.; Tufegdžić, S.; Maksimović, V.; Mutavdžić, D.; Janošević, D.; Vuković, M.; Garab, G.; Radotić, K., Parenchyma cell wall structure in twining stem of Dioscorea balcanica. Cellulose 2017, 24 (11), 4653-4669.
  4. Žilić, S.; Vančetović, J.; Janković, M.; Maksimović, V., Chemical composition, bioactive compounds, antioxidant capacity and stability of floral maize (Zea mays L.) pollen. Journal of Functional Foods 2014, 10, 65-74.
  5. Pavlovic, J.; Samardzic, J.; Maksimović, V.; Timotijevic, G.; Stevic, N.; Laursen, K. H.; Hansen, T. H.; Husted, S.; Schjoerring, J. K.; Liang, Y.; Nikolic, M., Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in cucumber by promoting mobilization of iron in the root apoplast. New Phytol. 2013, 198 (4), 1096-1107.
  6. Dragišić Maksimović, J.; Mojović, M.; Maksimović, V.; Römheld, V.; Nikolic, M., Silicon ameliorates manganese toxicity in cucumber by decreasing hydroxyl radical accumulation in the leaf apoplast. Exp. Bot. 2012, 63 (7), 2411-2420.
  7. Žilić, S.; Hadži-Tašković Šukalović, V.; Dodig, D.; Maksimović, V.; Maksimović, M.; Basić, Z., Antioxidant activity of small grain cereals caused by phenolics and lipid soluble antioxidants. J Cereal Sci 2011, 54 (3), 417-424.
  8. Kukavica, B.; Mojović, M.; Vucčinić, Ž.; Maksimović, V.; Takahama, U.; Jovanović, S. V., 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 Cell Physiol 2009, 50 (2), 304-317.
  9. Harhaji, L.; Mijatović, S.; Maksimović-Ivanić, D.; Stojanović, I.; Momčilović, M.; Maksimović, V.; Tufegdžić, S.; Marjanović, Ž.; Mostarica-Stojković, M.; Vučinić, Ž.; Stošić-Grujičić, S., Anti-tumor effect of Coriolus versicolor methanol extract against mouse B16 melanoma cells: In vitro and in vivo study. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2008, 46 (5), 1825-1833.