Milica Ćirić

Assistant Research Professor
Laboratory for Microbial Molecular Genetics and Ecology (LMMGE)

Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE),
University of Belgrade (UB)

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mobile:  +381 65 397 60 34
Phone:  +381 11 397 60 34
Fax:     +381 11 397 58 08


2014 - PhD in Biochemistry, Massey University, New Zealand
(Thesis: Metasecretome phage display: A new approach for mining surface and secreted proteins from microbial communities)
2009 - B.Sc in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade


2014 - 2015 - Postdoctoral Scientist, Animal Health Laboratory, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
2009 - 2014 - PhD student, Rumen Microbiology Group, AgResearch Ltd. and IFS, Massey University, New Zealand
2008 - 2009 - Research Trainee, Laboratory for Human Molecular Genetics, IMGGE, UB


  • Genome mining for novel biocatalysts (enzymes for agricultural feed digestibility, biofuel production and green waste management)
  • Phage display in functional metagenomics for identification of proteins with potential biotechnological applications
  • Metagenomic analysis of gut microbiomes


Ciric, M., Waite, D., Draper, J. & Jones, B. (2019). Characterization of mid-intestinal microbiota of farmed Chinook salmon using 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding.  Archives of Biological Sciences. 71 (4): 577.

Ciric, M., Draper, J., Waite, D., & Jones, B. (2018). Characterisation of gut microbiota of farmed Chinook salmon using metabarcoding.  bioRxiv, 288761. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Ciric, M., Ng, F., Rakonjac, J., & Gagic, D. (2018). Metasecretome Phage Display. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1701: 519-534.

Gagic, D., Ciric, M., Wen, W., Ng, F., & Rakonjac, J. (2016). Exploring the secretomes of microbes and microbial communities using filamentous phage display. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:429.

Ciric, M., Moon, C. D., Leahy, S. C., Creevey, C. J., Altermann, E., Attwood, G.T., Rakonjac, J., &  Gagic, D. (2014). Metasecretome-selective phage display approach for mining the functional potential of a rumen microbial community. BMC Genomics, 15:356.

Moon C.D., Gagic, D., Ciric, M., Noel, S., Summers, E. L., Atua, R. M. L., Perry, R., Sang, C., Zhang, Y. L., Schofield, L. R., Leahy, S. C., Altermann, E., Janssen, P. H., Arcus, V. L., Kelly, W. J., Waghorn, G.C., Rakonjac, J., & Attwood, G. T. (2014). Exploring rumen microbe-derived fibre-degrading activities for improving feed digestibility. Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, 377-379.

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