Vedran Vasic


College / University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry




Lab Experience

Various techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry including DNA extraction, sequencing, primer design, mutagenic PCR, molecular cloning, cell culture, SDS-PAGE, protein purification, kinetics assays, FRET, flow cytometry, and HPLC.

Projects / Research

  • 01/2013 – 09/2013: (i) Beta-cryptoxanthin bioavailability and its metabolism into chicken egg yolks and tissues. (ii) The effects of zinc retention and Vitamin A absorption in Mongolian gerbils. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
  • 09/2012 – 12/2012: The functional role of the Tyr-7 residue in Human Carbonic Anhydrase (HCAII). University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Biochemistry
  • 01/2012 – 12/2012: Cell wall composition and digestibility of whole-stover and stalk-cores of diverse maize lines. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Sciences
  • 05/2010 – 09/2010: The antitumorigenic properties of Adenovirus E1A-transformed cancer cells. Internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dept. of Immunology

Scholarships / Awards

2013 – 2014: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2012: Syngenta Plant Science Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 – 2012: Baden Württemberg Stipendium at Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg


My primary interests lie currently in the area of gene expression and regulation, especially RNA interference and epigenetic chromatin modification. I am particularly interested in applying these mechanisms to oncology and cancer therapy. However, I am willingly keeping an open mind to other areas in biology that I have not fully experienced yet, especially stem cells and regenerative medicine. There are so many fascinating fields and subfields in the study of life; I just hope to discover an area of research that I am truly passionate about during my time in Göttingen.