Marija Vidović

Assistant Research Professor
ORCID: 0000-0001-5855-7192

Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE)

University of Belgrade
Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia

Mobile:          +381 65 397 64 14                        
Phone:          +381 11 397 64 14
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2015 - PhD in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry (FC), University of Belgrade (Antioxidative metabolism in white and green leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale and Plectranthus coleoides plants – visible light and UV-B radiation effects)
2008 - B.Sc. (equivalent to Master) in Biochemistry, FC, University of Belgrade


2020 – Present Research Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology (LPMB), IMGGE
20172018 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Biochemistry, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben
2016 – 2020 - Research Assistant ProfessorProfessor, Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research (IMSI), University of Belgrade
2010 – 2016 - Research Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, IMSI, University of Belgrade


2020 – present - Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology (LPMB), IMGGE, University of Belgrade
2008 – 2020: Department of Life Sciences, IMSI, University of Belgrade

Member of:                                                   

  • Member of Scientific Committee of 2nd Annual Network Meeting of Cost Action FA0906 (UV4growth), 14-16. April 2013, Mikulov, Czech Republic.
  • Serbian Plant Physiology
  • Serbian Biochemical Society
  • Society for Free Radical Research-Europe (SFRR-E)
  • COST Action: CA18210 - Oxygen sensing a novel mean for biology and technology of fruit quality. MC Substitute for Serbia COST Action: CA18210 - Oxygen sensing a novel mean for biology and technology of fruit quality. MC Substitute for Serbia.


Visiting positions and Grants

MayJuly 2019 - Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany.
MarApril 2019 - Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences (IRHS), Angers, France.
2017-2018: Postdoc Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships, (57369702), at IPK, Gatersleben, Germany.
Mar 2017, Apr 2018 - Research fellowship grant COST Action BM1405 STSM. DAFNAE, University of Padua, Italy. Quantitative proteomic analysis of desiccation-tolerant plant species: Ramonda serbica (method development).
June 2012 - Institute of Plant Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria.
Apr 2011, May 2012 - Research fellowship grant COST Action FA0906 STSM. Research Unit Environmental Simulation (EUS), Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Germany.
Oct Dec 2008 - DAFNAE, University of Padua, Italy. 2D electrophoresis.
2008 – 2010: Ph.D. Scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Republic of Serbia.

Project history

2020 – 2022 - PI of PROMIS project “LEAPSyn-SCI - Late Embryogenesis Abundant Proteins: Structural Characterisation and Interaction with α-synuclein”, funded by the Science Fund of Republic of Serbia (RS).
2020 – 2022 - PI of Bilateral project with Slovenia: “The usage of silicon fertilisation in order to mitigate the oxidative stress and to improve the resilience of barley subjected to UV and drought”, funded by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), RS and Slovenian Research Agency.
2020 – 2021 - Participant in Proof of Concept project: “Zinc encapsulated in biodegradable polymers: a sustainable solution for cereals boosting”, funded by the Innovation Fund, RS.
20192021 - Participant in Bilateral project with Croatia: “Exploring a regulatory role of TROL protein in electron partitioning in UVB‐induced mechanism of flavonoid and anthocyanins accumulation in Arabidopsis leaf“, funded by MESTD RS and Croatian Science Foundation.
20192020 - Participant in Bilateral project with Germany: “Barley genotypes with contrasting tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses: Do chloroplast derived redox signals mediate the trade-off strategy“, funded by MESTD RS and DAAD.
2018 2019 - PI of Bilateral project with France: “Regulation of carbon and nitrogen fluxes from the primary to the secondary metabolic pathways in response to high light stress in variegated leaves”, funded by the French Government and MESTD RS.
20182019 - Participant, “Exploring novel molecular mechanisms of alternative electron partitioning in photosynthesis”, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation.
2017 - Participant, “Radiation Hormesis for Higher Microalgae Biofuels Yield”, funded by the NATO SPS Programme.

Training schools and seminars:

2020 - FoodEnTwin Winter School 2020 Proteomics: From sample preparation to practical aspects. University of Belgrade – Faculty of Chemistry, Belgrade, Serbia
2018 - Winter School on Computational Metabolomics, German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure – de.NBI, Wittenberg, Germany.
2017 - NGP-net Winter School on Experimental Methods for Protein Disorder, Aggregation, University of Aix-Marseille, France.
2015 - School of proteomics-theoretical and practical basis, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
2013 - Training school on phytochemical analysis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
2013 - Courses: „Integration of chromatographic data“ and „The selection of the "right" column“ by S. Kromidas, Belgrade, Serbia.


  • Abiotic stress in plants (high light intensity, UV-B radiation and drought).
  • Antioxidants and pro-oxidants (ROS) and redox regulation.
  • Carbon and nitrogen allocation from source to sink leaf tissue.
  • Metabolomics, Secondary metabolism (phenolics: phenylpropanoids, flavonoids and anthocyanins).
  • Proteomics, Protein Biochemistry, LEA proteins


  • Vidović M., Ćuković K. 2020. Isolation of high-quality RNA from recalcitrant leaves of variegated and resurrection plants. 3 Biotech, 10: 286.
  • Zang L., Morère-Le Paven M.C., Clochard T., Porcher A., Satour P., Mojović M., Vidović M., Limami A.M., Montrichard F. 2020. Nitrate inhibits primary root growth by reducing accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the root tip in Medicago truncatula. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 146: 363–73.
  • Veljović-Jovanović S., Kukavica B., Vidović M., Morina F., Menckhoff Lj. 2018. Class III peroxidases: functions, localization and redox regulation of isoenzymes. In: Antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes in higher plants. Eds: Gupta DK, Palma JM, Corpas FJ. (pp. 269-300) Springer, Cham.
  • Morina F., Vidović M., Srećković T., Radović V., Veljović-Jovanović S. 2017. Biomonitoring of urban pollution using silicon-accumulating species, Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 99: 706–12.
  • Veljović-Jovanović S., Vidović M., Morina F. 2017. Ascorbate as a key player in plant abiotic stress response and tolerance. In: Ascorbic acid in plant growth, development and stress tolerance. Eds. Hossain MA, Munné-Bosch S, Burritt DJ, Diaz-Vivancos P, Fujita M, Lorence A. (pp. 47-109). Springer, Cham.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Veljović Jovanović S. 2017. Stimulation of various phenolics in plants under ambient UV-B radiation. In: UV-B Radiation: from environmental stressor to regulator of plant growth. Eds. Singh VP, Singh S, Prasad SM, Parihar P. ( 9–56) Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, UK ISBN: 978-1-119-14360-4
  • Živanović B., Vidović M., Milić Komić S, Jovanović Lj., Kolarž, Morina F., Veljović Jovanović S. 2017. Contents of phenolics and carotenoids in tomato grown under polytunnels with different UV-transmission rates. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 41: 113–20. DOI: 10.3906/tar-1612-56.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Prokić Lj., Milić-Komić S., Živanović B., Veljović Jovanović S. 2016. Antioxidative response in variegated Pelargonium zonale leaves and generation of extracellular H2O2 in (peri)vascular tissue induced by sunlight and paraquat. Journal of Plant Physiology, 206: 25–39.
  • Majer P.#, Vidović M.#, Czégény G., Veljović Jovanović S., Strid Å., Hideg E. 2016. Evaluation of procedures for assessing anti- and pro-oxidants in plant samples. Critical Review. Analytical Methods, 8: 5569–80. #equal contribution!divAbstract
  • Veljović-Jovanović S., Vidović M., Morina F., Prokić Lj., Todorović D.M. 2016. Comparison of photoacoustic signals in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale. International Journal of Thermophysics, 37: 91.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Vuleta A., Zechmann B., Prokić Lj., Veljović Jovanović S. 2016. Characterisation of antioxidants in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic leaf tissues of variegated Pelargonium zonale Plant Biology, 18: 669–80.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Albert A., Zechmann B., Tosti T., Winkler J.B., Veljović Jovanović S. 2015. Carbon allocation from source to sink leaf tissue in relation to flavonoid biosynthesis in variegated Pelargonium zonale under UV-B radiation and high PAR intensity. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 93: 44–55.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Zechmann B., Albert A., Winkler B., Veljović Jovanović S. 2015. UV-B component of sunlight stimulates photosynthesis and flavonoid accumulation in variegated Plectranthus coleoides leaves depending on background light. Plant, Cell and Environment, 38: 968–79.
  • Vidović M., Morina F., Milić S., Veljović-Jovanović S. 2015. Аn improved HPLC-DAD method for simultaneously measuring phenolics in the leaves of Tilia platyphyllosand Ailanthus altissima. Botanica Serbica, 39:
  • Morina F., Vidović M., Kukavica B., Veljović-Jovanović S. 2015. Induction of peroxidase isoforms in the roots of two Verbascum thapsus populations is involved in adaptive responses to excess Zn2+and Cu2+. Botanica Serbica, 39: 2.
  • Morina F., Jovanović Lj., Vidović M., Sužnjević D., Tripković D., Milić S., Srećković T., Veljović Jovanović S. 2013. Antioxidative status and acclimatization capacity of bamboo - potential use for air quality improvement in urban areas. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 22: 1763–
  • Comont D., Martinez Abaigar J., Albert A., Aphalo P., Causton D.R., Figueroa F.L., Gaberscik A., Lorens L., Hauser M.T., Jansen M.A., Kardefelt M., de la Coba Luque P., Neubert S., Núñez-Olivera E., Olsen J., Robson M.., Schreiner M., Sommaruga R., Strid A., Torre S., Turunen M., Veljović Jovanović S., Verdaguer D., Vidović M., Wagner J., Winkler J.B., Zipoli G., Gwynn-Jones D. 2012. UV-responses of Lolium perenne raised along a latitudinal gradient across Europe: A filtration study. Physiologia Plantarum, 145: 604–
  • Morina F., Jovanović Lj., Mojović M., Vidović M., Panković D., Veljović Jovanović S. 2010 Zinc-induced oxidative stress in Verbascum thapsus is caused by an accumulation of reactive oxygen species and quinhydrone in the cell wall. Physiologia Plantarum 140: 209–24.

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