Andraž Dolar

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Andraž Dolar is a researcher at Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is experienced in the field of ecotoxicology and invertebrate’s immunology. In recent years his main research activity focuses on studying the effects of microplastics on terrestrial invertebrates. Besides the use of classical toxicological endpoints in his researches, he is particularly interested in investigation of changes at cellular and subcellular levels, including immune responses. In his master’s and doctoral theses, he has developed and optimised a methodology to evaluate immunological changes in a model organism, terrestrial crustacean Porcellio scaber, in case of exposure to various environmental pollutants. Recently, he has been devoted to the study of changes at the level of gene expression resulting from the interaction of the organism with various internal and external challenges.

In 2022, he also became a professor of biology at the Rudolf Maister Grammar and Secondary School in Kamnik.

Awards, honors, and grants:

  • (2022) University award for the best research achievements in 2022
  • (2022) Faculty Prešeren’s prize
  • (2018) Faculty award, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • (2012-2018) Zois Scholarship



Screening of NaCl salinity sensitivity across eight species of subterranean amphipod genus Niphargus
Jemec Kokalj A, Fišer Ž, Dolar A., Novak S, Drobne D, Bračko G, Fišer C
[ site ] Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Stressor-dependant changes in immune parameters in the terrestrial isopod crustacean, Porcellio scaber
Mayall C, Dolar A, Jemec Kokalj A, Novak S, Razinger J, Barbero F, Puntes V, Drobne D
[ site ] Nanomaterials

Long term exposure to virgin and recycled LDPE microplastics induced minor effects in the freshwater and terrestrial crustaceans Daphnia magna and Porcellio scaber
Jemec Kokalj A, Dolar A, Titova J, Visnapuu M, Škrlep L, Drobne D, Vija H, Kisand V, Heinlaan M
[ site ] Polymers

Microplastics, chlorpyrifos and their mixtures modulate immune processes in the terrestrial crustacean Porcellio scaber
Dolar A, Drobne D, Dolenec M, Marinšek M, Jemec Kokalj A
[ site ] Science of the total environment

Time-dependent immune response in Porcellio scaber following exposure to microplastics and natural particles
Dolar A, Drobne D, Dolenec M, Marinšek M, Jemec Kokalj A
[ site ] Science of the total environment

Exploring the impacts of microplastics and associated chemicals in the terrestrial environment : exposure of soil invertebrates to tire particles
Selonen S, Dolar A, Jemec Kokalj A, Sackey LNA, Skalar T, Cruz Fernandes V, Rede D, Delerue-Matos C, Hurley R, Nizzetto L, Gestel CAM
[ site ] Environmental research : multidisciplinary journal of environmental sciences, ecology, and public health

Immune system in crustaceans : a presentation of research with terrestrial crustacean Porcellio scaber
Dolar A, Drobne D, Kostanjšek R, Jemec Kokalj A
Acta biologica slovenica

Modulations of immune parameters caused by bacterial and viral infections in the terrestrial crustacean Porcellio scaber : implications for potential markers in environmental research.
Dolar A, Kostanjšek R, Mayall C, Drobne D, Jemec Kokalj A
[ site ] Developmental & Comparative Immunology

Stem cells and innate immunity in aquatic invertebrates : bridging two seemingly disparate disciplines for new discoveries in biology
Ballarin L, Karahan A, Salvetii A, Rossi L, Manni L, Rinkevich B, Rosner A, Voskoboynik A, Rosental B, Canesi L, Anselmi C, Pinsino A, Tohumcu BE, Jemec Kokalj A, Dolar A, Novak S, Sugni M, Corsi I, Drobne D
[ site ] Frontiers in immunology

Exploring the impacts of plastics in soil : the effects of polyester textile fibers on soil invertebrates
Selonen S, Dolar A, Jemec Kokalj A, Skalar T, Parramon Dolcet L, Hurley R, Gestel Cornelis a. m. van.
[ site ] Science of The Total Environment