Doc. Dr. Gordana Glavan

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My main research activity: I have two main areas of interest – neurodegeneration and honeybee biology. Since 1997 I was studying the brain plasticity and pathology caused by neurodegeneration in animal models of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy with a focus on proteins synaptotagmis.
My recent research is focused on honeybee behaviour such as bee communication (dance) in connection to the brain functioning and sensory inputs. I’m also strongly interested in effects of xenobiotics on honeybees (pesticides, nanoparticles)-effects on nervous system and toxicity/synergistic effects of xenobiotics.

My research interests are:

  • neurobiology,
  • neurodegeneration,
  • honey bee physiology,
  • toxic effects of pesticides, metals and nanoparticles on honey bees,
  • animal behaviour.

(2003) PhD in Medical Science from Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The title of the thesis: Dopaminergic regulation of the expression of synaptotagmin mRNA in the striatum of rats with unilateral lesion of nigrostriatal pathway

(2000) MSc in Medical Science from Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The title of the thesis: Gene expression as an indicator of the impact of ergoline derivative LEK-8829 on dopamine receptors in rats with unilateral lesion of nigrostriatal pathway

(1997) BSc in Biology from Biotehnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The title of the thesis: Production of enzymes by Mucor fungi, isolated from cave cricket Troglophilus neglectus

Awards, honors, and grants:

  • (2013) Best poster award for the presentation at the conference SINAPSA Neuroscience conference 2013, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • (2012) Outstanding scientific achievements’ award from Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for a publication Differential patterns of synaptotagmin7 mRNA expression in rats with kainate- and pilocarpine-induced seizures published in PloS one
  • (1987-1997) Zois’s scholarship

International activities:

  • (2009) Talk at Slovenian society of toxicology Conference ’15 Ljubljana, Slovenia entitled Effects of endocrine distruptors on invertebrates – focus on the mode of action
  • (2009) Talk at SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference ’09 Ljubljana, Slovenia entitled Expression of Synaptotagmins in animal models of neurodegeneration
  • (2010) Research and a talk at University of Leipzig, Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research, Department of Neurochemistry, October 1999

Methods and machines I specialize in:

  • in situ hibridization
  • immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence
  • Western blot
  • microscopy
  • histological techniques
  • stereotactic brain surgery
  • methods for studying behaviour

Memberships in societies:

  • SiNAPSA (Slovenian Neuroscience Association)
  • COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) B30, Neuronal Regeneration and Plasticity
  • COLOSS (Honey bee research association)

Co-supervisor for doctoral dissertation (PhD):

  • Larisa Tratnjek
Cerium(IV) oxide nanoparticles induce sublethal changes in honeybees after chronic exposure
Kos M, Jemec A, Glavan G, Marolt G, Zidar P, Božič J, Novak S, Drobne D
[ pdf ] [ site ] Environmental Science: Nano

Feeding Preference and Sub-chronic Effects of ZnO Nanomaterials in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera carnica)
Glavan G, Milivojević T, Božič J, Sepčić K, Drobne D
[ pdf ] [ site ] Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

No chronic effects on biochemical biomarkers, feeding and survival of carnolian honeybees (Apis mellifera carnica) after exposure to nanosized carbon black and titanium dioxide
Jemec A, Milivojević T, Drobne D, Sepčić K, Božič J, Glavan G
[ pdf ] [ site ] Acta Biologica Slovenica