Milena Milivojević

Assistant Research Professor

Institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE),
University of Belgrade

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mobile:   +381 65 3976212                            
Phone:   +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:       +381 11 397 58 08


2014 - PhD in Biological sciences, Faculty of Biology (FB), University of Belgrade (UB) (“The role of Sonic Hedgehog signaling pathway in the regulation of SOX18 gene expression in HeLa cells, model system of cervical carcinoma”)
2005 - B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, FB, UB


2015 - Research Associate, Laboratory for Human Molecular Genetics (LHMG), IMGGE
2010 - 2015 - Research Assistant Laboratory for human molecular genetics, IMGGE
2006-2010 - Research Trainee, Laboratory for human molecular genetics, IMGGE


2017 –Member of Serbian Society for Molecular Biology


Understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating cancer formation and growth are of great interest for developing the better approaches for cancer therapy. In the last few years, numerous data shown that deregulation of Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) signaling pathway has been associated with onset and progression of various types of human cancers. In addition, SOX genes are involved in various phases in cancer development. The main focus of our study is investigating the functional crosstalk between Sonic Hedgehog(SHH) signaling pathway and human SOX gene in cancel cell lines.

Introducing and application of fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) for detection of numerical and structural chromosome aberrations in humans


  1. Cuturilo G, Drakulic D, Jovanovic I, Krstic A, Djukic M, Skoric D, Mijovic M, Stefanovic I, Milivojevic M, Stevanovic M. Improving the Diagnosis of Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: A Single-center Experience from Serbia. Indian Pediatr 2016. 53(9): 786-789
  2. Petrovic I, Milivojevic M., Popovic J., Schwirtlich M., Rankovic B., Stevanovic M. SOX18 Is a Novel Target Gene of Hedgehog Signaling in Cervical Carcinoma Cell Lines.PLoS One. 2015. 10(11):e0143591.
  3. Milivojevic M, Petrovic I, Kovacevic-Grujicic N, Popovic J, Mojsin M, Stevanovic M. Construction and functional analysis of novel dominant-negative mutant of human SOX18 protein. Biochemistry (Mosc). 2013. 78(11):1287-92.
  4. Cuturilo G, Drakulic D, Krstic A, Gradinac M, Ilisic T, Parezanovic V, Milivojevic M, Stevanovic M, Jovanovic I.The role of modern imaging techniques in the diagnosis of malposition of the branch pulmonary arteries and possible association with microdeletion 22q11.2.Cardiol Young. 2013. 23(2):181-8.
  5. Mojsin M, Kovacevic-Grujicic N, Krstic A, Popovic J, Milivojevic M, Stevanovic M. Comparative analysis of SOX3 protein orthologs: Expansion of homopolymeric amino acid tracts during vertebrate evolution. Biochem Genet. 2010. 48(7-8):612-23.
  6. Milivojević M, Nikčević G, Kovačević-Grujičić N, Krstić A, Mojsin M, Drakulić D, Stevanović M. Involvement of ubiquitous and TALE transcription factors, as well as liganded RXR in the regulation of human SOX2 gene expression in NT2/D1 embryonal carcinoma cell line. Archives of Biological Science. 2010. 62:199-210.

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