Milena Ivanišević


College / University

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology and Physiology




Lab Experience

Human Cancer Cell Culturing, Western Blot analysis, Total RNA Isolation, Revers Transcription Reaction, PCR Primer Designing, PCR, qRT-PCR for Messenger RNA, qRT-PCR for Micro RNA, DNA cloning, Chromatin extraction, Isolation of RNA from bacterial cells, Tissue staining with eosin and haematoxylin, Spectrophotometry, Ion Exchange Chromatography, SDS PAGE, FACS sorting

Projects / Research

  • 2019: Unravelling the connection between cell cycle and chromatin-associated metabolism", supervised by Dr Sara Sdelci and Dr Maria Guirola Tsibulova. Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG); Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer, Sara Sdelci Lab
  • 2018: "Mechanism of p53 activation by small molecules inhibiting the de novo pyrimidine synthesis pathway", supervised by Dr Gergana Popova. Karolinska Institutet, Amgen Scholars Program; Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Sonia Lain/David Lane Group

Scholarships / Awards

2020 – 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School.
2019: Centre for Genomic Regulation summer internship stipend
2018: Amgen Scholars Program scholarship
2017 – 2020: Scholarship of the Serbian Government for students with high average grade


I am beginning my masters with the goal to better understand physiological processes in order to have a more profound look at pathological conditions. For the time being, I would like to focus on the field of cancer biology. I am particularly interested in investigating what drives healthy cell to become cancerous, and how once transformed cells interact with their surroundings. I would also like to gain better insight into how the microenvironment can offer metabolic support to the cancer cells. In addition, during next year and a half I am going to dedicate my time to exploring different techniques and approaches in molecular biology.