Manja Zec, PhD, Scientific Associate

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NAME AND SURNAME: MANJA ZEC
DATE OF BIRTH : 11th of January 1983
PLACE OF BIRTH:  BELGRADE, SERBIA

E-MAIL: manjazec@gmail.com

FOCUS AREAS

Experienced in: Nutrition Research, Biostatistics, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Oncology Research

Interested in: Nutrition Research, Epidemiology, Biostatistics

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2015 TO DATE:POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW,Center of Excellence for Nutrition, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2007-2011:PHD, Department of Experimental Oncology, Laboratory for Experimental Pharmacology,Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia; University of Belgrade, Serbia

2001-2007:GRADUATE STUDIES, Faculty of Molecular Biology and Physiology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

1997-2001: FIFTH BELGRADE GYMNASIUM

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

2015 TO DATE:POST-DOCTORALFELLOW, Center of Excellence for Nutrition,North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2012 TO DATE:RESEARCHASSOCIATE, Center of Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism Research,Institute for Medical Research, Belgrade, Serbia

2011-2012:CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, PAREXELInternational, Clinical Research Organization

2009-2011:RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Department of Experimental Oncology, Laboratory for Experimental Pharmacology,Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia

2007:GRADUATESTUDENT, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Institute for Human Genetics

PROJECTS OF RELEVANCE

The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study

EU FP7-KBBE-funded Collaborative Research Project »BACCHUS«

Variety of National Serbian Projects funded by Serbian Ministry of Science

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Cape Town, 2015: LONGITUDINAL DATA ANALYSIS,Developmental Origin of Health and Disease

Belgrade, 2014: EU PROJECTS APPLICATION: HORIZON 2020, Balkan Network Initiative

Rome, 2014: 7TH IAS WORKSHOP ON HDL

Belgrade, 2013: MAITRE SEMINAR, Professional Media Training for Food and Nutrition Sciences

Belgrade, 2013: FLOW CYTOMETRY, BD Sciences

Belgrade, 2012: HIGH-THROUGHPUT TECHNOLOGIES SEMINAR, Agilent

CONTINUING EDUCATION – CLINICAL RESEARCH

Johannesburg, 2015: SA GCP,Academic Advance division, WITS Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd

Johannesburg, 2015: CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY COORDINATOR COURSE, Academic Advance division, WITS Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd

Berlin, 2011:GRO SITE MANAGEMENT BASIC TRAINING,Clinical Trials Expertise, Parexel International

Belgrade, 2011: STATISTICS IN BIOMEDICINE,International society for clinical biostatistics, National group Serbia

Brussels, 2011: PRE-IMPAKT TRAINING ON BIOMARKERS,ESMO

ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTION

SUPERVISOR- a PhD student at the University of Belgrade, Serbia

CO-SUPERVISOR– a PhD student at the North-West University, South Africa

CO-SUPERVISOR– anHonors’ student at the North-West University, South Africa

AD HOC LECTURINGactivities at North West University, South Africa

AD HOC LECTURINGactivities at the PhD modules at University of Belgrade, Serbia

STATISTICAL SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

SAS – Proficient
SPSS – Proficient
STATISTICA – Proficient
GraphPad Prism – Proficient
G Plink – Proficient

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Seoul, 2016: ISH NEW INVESTIGATOR POSTER PRESENTATION AWARDS, 1ST PRIZE,International Society of Hypertension

Seoul, 2016: SPECIAL GRANT TRAVEL AWARD FOR 26TH ISH MEETING,International Society of Hypertension

Stellenbosch, 2016: TRAVEL AWARD FOR 12TH ISSFAL MEETING,International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids

Belgrade, 2008-2011: PHD STIPEND FOR TALENTED STUDENTS,Serbian Ministry of Science and Education

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

ISSFAL – International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids

OTHER SKILLS

ENGLISH – Bilingual proficiency, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations
SPANISH – Working proficiency
RUSSIAN – Elementary proficiency
SERBIAN – Native

B DRIVING LICENSE

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Cavic M, Krivokuca A, Boljevic I, Brotto K, Jovanovic K, Tanic M, Filipovic L, Zec M,Malisic E, Jankovic R, Radulovic S Pharmacogenetics in cancer therapy – 8 years of experience at the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia. JBUON 2016; 21(5):1287-1295
  • Knez M, StangoulisA, Zec M,et al. An initial step in the evaluation of newly proposed biomarker of Zn status, linoleic acid:dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, in humans. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN 2016; accepted for publication
  • Kardum N, Petrović-Oggiano G, Takic M, Glibetić N, Zec M, Debeljak-Martacic J, Konić-Ristić A. Effects of Glucomannan-Enriched, Aronia Juice-Based Supplement on Cellular Antioxidant Enzymes and Membrane Lipid Status in Subjects with Abdominal Obesity.The Scientific World Journal 2014
  • Kardum N, Takić M, Šavikin K, Zec M, Zdunić G, Spasić S, Konić-Ristić A. Effects of polyphenol-rich chokeberry juice on cellular antioxidant enzymes and membrane lipid status in healthy women. Journal of Functional Foods 2014; 9:89-97
  • Zec M, Srdic-Rajic T, Krivokuca A, Jankovic R, Todorovic T, Andelkovic K, Radulovic S.Novel selenosemicarbazone metal complexes exert anti-tumor effect via alternative, caspase-independent necroptotic cell death. Medicinal Chemistry2014; 10(8):759-771
  • Zec M, Srdić-Rajić T, Konić-Ristić A, Todorović T, Anđelković K, Filipović-Lješković I, Radulović S. Anti-metastatic and anti-angiogenic properties of potential new anti-cancer drugs based on metal complexes of selenosemicarbazones.Anticancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry 2012; 12(9):1071-80
  • Srdić-Rajić T, Zec M, Todorović T, Anđelković K, Radulović S. Non-substituted N-heteroaromaticselenosemicarbazone metal complexes induce apoptosis in cancer cells via activation of mitochondrial pathway. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2011; 46(9):3734-47
  • Eshkourfu R, Čobeljić B, Vujčić M, Turel I, Pevec A, Sepčić K, Zec M, Radulović S, Srdić-Radić T, Mitić D, Andjelković K, Sladić D. Synthesis, characterization, cytotoxic activity and DNA binding properties of the novel dinuclear cobalt (III) complex with the condensation product of 2-acetylpyridine and malonic acid dihydrazide. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2011; 105:1196-1203
  • Bjelogrlić S, Todorović T, Bacchi A, Zec M, Sladić D, Srdić-Rajić T, Radanović D, Radulović S, Pelizzi G, Anđelković K. Synthesis, structure and characterization of novel Cd(II) and Zn(II) complexes with the condensation product of 2-formylpyridine and selenosemicarbazide. Antiproliferative activity of the synthesized complexes and related selenosemicarbazone complexes. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2010; 104:673-682

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Zec M, Schutte A, Baumgartner J, Richter M, Smuts CM. Prognostic value of plasma fatty acids as biomarkers of hypertension development over 5-years: a longitudinal study in black South Africans. 26th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Hypertension, 24th-29th September 2016, Seoul, Korea. Poster presentation
  • Zec M, Richter M, Baumgartner J, Kruger R, Schutte A, Smuts CM. Association of plasma long-chain fatty acids with blood pressure and arterial stiffness over 5-years: a longitudinal study in black South Africans. 12th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, 05th-09th September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. Oral presentation
  • Ojwang AA, Zec M, Kruger HS, Wentzel-Viljoen E, Richter M, Smuts CM. Association of dietary and plasma phospholipid fatty acids with obesity in black South African population. 12th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, 05th-09th September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. Poster presentation
  • Zec M, Richter M, Baumgartner J, Kruger R, Schutte A, Smuts C. Plasma stearic acid is protective towards systolic and diastolic blood pressure: a longitudinal study in black South Africans over 5-years. 2nd World Public Health Nutrition Association Congress.30thAug-02ndSep 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. Poster presentation
  • Kardum N, KonićRistić A, Zec M, Kroon P, Glibetić M. The design and sensory testing of a placebo formulation for a polyphenol-rich Aronia juice with evaluation of potential impact on platelet function. 7th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health (ICPH 2015), 27th-30th October 2015, Tours, France (P1044, p.300)
  • Pokimica B, Zec M, Debeljak-Martačić J, Konić-Ristić A, Kardum N, Popović T, Kojadinović M, Ranković S, Glibetić M. AroniaMelanocarpa Juice Improves Plasma Fatty Acid Status in Human Adults with low cardiovascular risks. Serbian society for mitochondrial and free-radical physiology, III Congress in REDOX MEDICINE: Reactive species signaling, analytical methods, phytopharmacy, molecular mechanisms of disease. 25th-26thSeptember 2015, Belgrade, Serbia.Book of Abstracts
  • Kojadinović M, Pokimica B, Zec M, Kardum N,Konić-Ristić A, Glibetić M, Arsić A. Polyphenol-rich pomegranate juice exerts antioxidative effect through decrease in GPx activity in metabolic syndrome subjects. Serbian society for mitochondrial and free-radical physiology, III Congress in REDOX MEDICINE: Reactive species signaling, analytical methods, phytopharmacy, molecular mechanisms of disease. Book of Abstracts.25th-26thSeptember 2015, Belgrade, Serbia.Book of Abstracts
  • Kardum N, KonićRistić A, Petrović-Oggiano G, Takić M, Zec M, Spasić S, Glibetić M. Beneficial effects of aronia juice-based supplement consumption on cellular antioxidant enzymes and membrane lipid status in subjects with abdominal obesity. 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF 2014), 14th-17th October, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey (P263, p304)
  • Zec M, Perunicic-Pekovic G, Rasic-Milutinovic Z, Rovcanin B, Novakovic I. PON1 192 polymorphism and lipid profile in hypertensive patients with or without CKD. Joint COST BM0904/7th IAS HDL Workshop. 24th-26th March 2014, Rome, Italy.Poster presentation
  • Rasic-Milutinovic Z, Zec M, Perunicic-Pekovic G, Rovcanin B, Novakovic I. Is PON1 Q192R polymorphism risk factor for diabetic complications-preliminary study? Joint COST BM0904/7th IAS HDL Workshop. 24th-26th March 2014, Rome, Italy.Poster presentation
  • Anđelković K, Sladić D, Mitić D, Filipović N, Zec M, Radulović S, Todorović T. Synthesis, characterization, cytotoxic and antioxidative activity of d-metal complexes with 2,6- diacetylpyridinebis(selenosemicarbazone). COST Action CM1106, Chemical Approaches to Targeting Drug Resistance in Cancer Stem Cells, 1st Working Group Meeting, 2013, Book of Abstracts P12, page 62
  • Srdić-Rajić T, KonićRistić A, Arsić A, Zec M, Stojanović F, Kardum D. Effect of acute intake of aroniamelanocarpa juice on antioxidative status and platelet function – ex vivo study. 11th European Nutrition Conference-FENS.Annals of nutrition and metabolism, 2011; vol. 58 (suppl 3); 339-339
  • Zec M, Srdić-Rajić T, Anđelković K, Radulović S. Development of novel selenosemicarbazones’ complexes in targeting apoptotic signal pathways in human metastatic breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-361.IMPAKT Breast Cancer Conference, ESMO, 2011, Brussels, Belgium. Annals of Oncology 2011; 22 (55-55)
  • Ilic V, Zec M, Paripovic L, Tufegdzic I, Ninkovic A, Bekic Z. Correlation between MTHFR polymorphisms and toxic effects/delayed MTX clearance after HD-MTX in children with osteosarcoma. VIII Congress of Balcan Union for Oncology (BUON) 2010; 15(1):21

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Zec M, Glibetić M. “Biotic and abiotic safety concerns of herbs and spices”, in: Herbs and Spices: ‘Processing Technology and Health Benefits’, will be published by Wiley, John Wiley and Sons Limited, West Sussex, UK


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