Dragomir Milovanovic


College / University

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honors)

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology




Lab Experience

Expression and purification of recombinant proteins, molecular cloning techniques, RT-PCR, enzymatic assays, protein interaction assays, mammalian cell culture techniques.

Projects / Research

  • 07/2011 – 09/2011: Analysis of the Ebf1 interaction partners using the proximity ligation assay, Department of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • 10/2010 – 06/2011: Variability of mitochondrial DNA haplotypes in Drosophila subobscura, Department of the Population Genetics, Institute for Biological Research, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 07/2010 – 09/2010: Racemization studies of recombinant N-acetyl amino acid racemase from Geobacillus kaustophilus and Geobacillus thermodenitrificans, School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 07/2009 – 09/2009: The cross correlated relaxation rate as a tool to investigate protein dynamics, Department of NMR-based Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
  • 09/2008 – 05/2009: The Srs2 protein expression using the pET11c expression vector in the BL21 (DE3) bacterial protein expression strain of Escherichia coli, Department of Biochemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
  • 09/2008 – 05/2009: Consequence of the IP3 protein receptor absence on calcium ion influx and circadian cycle of Paramecium, Department of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
  • 05/2007 – 12/2007: Antimutagenic effect of marigold, plantain, and stinging nettle tea in a somatic mutation and recombination test on Drosophila melanogaster, Department of the Population Genetics, Institute for Biological Research, Belgrade, Serbia


  • Jelić M, Castro JA, Kurbalija Novičić Z, Kenig B, Dimitrijević D, Savić Veselinović M, Jovanović M, Milovanović D, Stamenković-Radak M, Andjelković M. (2012) Absence of Linkage Disequilibria Between Chromosomal Arrangements and mtDNA Haplotypes in Natural Populations of Drosophila subobscura from the Balkan Peninsula. Genome 55:214-221
  • Fenwick RB, Esteban-Martín S, Richter B, Lee D, Walter KF, Milovanovic D, Becker S, Lakomek NA, Griesinger C, Salvatella X (2011) Weak Long-Range Correlated Motion in the Surface Patch of Ubiquitin Involved in Molecular Recognition. J Am Chem Soc 27:10336-9

Scholarships / Awards

2011 – 2012: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2011: Serbian Chemical Society Award: the Best Graduated Student in the country
2010: Institute of International Education: Scholarship for the best student of Serbia awarded in collaboration with the Eurobank EFG
2010: British council/IAESTE: Global Work Experience Scholarship for a research project at the University of Edinburgh
2007, 2009, 2010: Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Serbia Stipend
2008: American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania annual award for student achievement
2007: Award for the Best student in the Gymnasium, Belgrade


Since my scientific interests are not set in stone, I especially like the unique structure of the program which allows students to experience diversity of research at the participating institutions together with the lectures given by scientists having expertise in different fields. Altogether, this gives a solid foundation for Ph.D. research. At this point, cell signaling, apoptosis, chromatin regulation, transcription factor activity, and membrane trafficking are particularly drawing my attention.