Milica Živković

Assistant Research Professor

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

Vojvode Stepe 444a, 11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia
Mobile:           +381 64  8044082
Phone:           +381 11 397 57 44
Fax:                +381 11 397 58 08


2012 - PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Biology (FB), UB
2006 - M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, FB, UB
2004 - B.Sc. in Biology, FB, University of Belgrade


2013 -  Research Associate LMGIM, IMGGE
2008 - 2013 - Research Assistant LMGIM, IMGGE
2004 - 2008 - Research Trainee, LMGIM, IMGGE 


2006 - 2013 - Member of Serbian Society for Microbiology


Molecular characterization of the microorganisms with putative probiotic features isolated from homemade cheeses; characterization of the exopolysaccharides (EPS)-producing lactobacilli; cloning and functional characterization of EPS operons. In vitro interactions of lactobacilli and epithelial colorectal carcinoma cell lines (Caco-2, HT29 and HT29-MTX) and interaction with PBLs (peripheral blood lymphocytes). Testing of EPS-producing Lactobacillus paraplantarum BGCG11 which was shown to increase cytokine ratios of suppressive and immunoregulatory response as well as Th17 response, in the prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes.


Lukic, J., Strahinic, I., Milenkovic, M., Nikolic, M., Tolinacki, M., Kojic, M., Begovic, J.: Aggregation factor as a setback for bacterial binding to gut mucosa. Microbial Ecology 68(3):633-644.

Uroić, K., Nikolić, M., Kos, B., Leboš Pavunc, A., Beganović, J., Lukić, J., Jovčić, B., Filipić, B., Miljković, M., Golić, N., Topisirović, L., Čadež, N., Raspor, P., Šušković, J.: Functional probiotic properties of lactic acid bacteria isolated from croatian fresh soft cheese and serbian white pickled cheese. Food Technol. Biotechnol. 52(2) (2014): 232–241.

Hidalgo-Cantabrana, C, M. Nikolic, P. López, M. Miljkovic, A. Suárez, M. Kojic, A. Margolles, N. Golic, P. Ruas-Madiedo. Exopolysaccharide-producing Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis strains and their polymers elicit different responses on immune cells from blood and gut associated lymphoid tissue. Anaerobe 26C (2014): 24-30.

Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Tolinacki, M., Nikolic, M., Veljovic, K., Jovanovic, S., Macej, O., Topisirovic, L.: Artisanal Vlasina raw goats milk cheese: evaluation and selection of autochthonous lactic acid bacteria as starter cultures. Food Tech. Biotech. 51(4) (2014): 554-563.

Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Mihajlovic, S., Uzelac, G., Veljovic, K., Tolinacki, M., Nikolic, M., Topisirovic, L., Kojic, M.: Characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from artisanal Travnik young cheeses, sweet creams and sweet kajmaks over four seasons. Food Microbiol. 39 (2014): 27-38.

Nikolic, M., López, P., Strahinic, I., Suárez, A., Kojic, M., Fernández-García, M., Topisirovic, L., Golic, N., Ruas-Madiedo, P.: Characterisation of the exopolysaccharide (EPS)-producing Lactobacillus paraplantarum BGCG11 and its non-EPS producing derivative strains as potential probiotics. Int J. Food Microbiol. 158(2) (2012) 155-162.

Golic, N., Strahinic, I., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Begovic, J., Nikolic, M., Tolinacki, M., Topisirovic, L.: Molecular diversity among natural populations of Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus plantarum/paraplantarum strains isolated from autochthonous dairy products. Europ. Food Res. Tech., 234 (2012) 627-638.

Nikolic, M., Jovcic, B., Kojic, M., Topisirovic, L.: Surface properties of Lactobacillus and Leuconostoc isolates from homemade cheeses showing auto-aggregation ability. Europ. Food Res. Tech., 231 (2010) 925-931.

Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Nikolic, M., Veljovic, K., Tolinacki, M., Busarcevic, M. and Topisirovic, L.: Analysis of lactic acid bacteria microflora in traditional Caucasus cow`s milk cheeses. Arch. Biol. Sci., 61 (2009) 395-407.

Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Tolinacki, M., Nikolic, M., Lozo, J., Begovic, J., Gurban oglu Gulahmadov, S., Alekperovich Kuliev, A., Dalgalarrondo, M., Chobert, J-M., Haertlé, T., Topisirovic, L.: Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Azerbaijani traditional dairy products. Afr. J. Biotech., 8 (2009) 2576-2588.

Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Veljovic, K., Tolinacki, M., Nikolic, M., Ostojic, M., Topisirovic, L.: Characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from artisanal Zlatar cheeses produced at two different geographical location. Genetika, 41 (2009) 117-136.

Jokovic, N., Nikolic, M., Begovic, J., Jovcic, B., Savic, D., Topisirovic, L.: A survey of the lactic acid bacteria isolated from Serbian artisanal dairy product kajmak. Int. J. Food Microbiol., 127 (2008) 305-311.

Nikolic, M., Terzic-Vidojevic, A., Jovcic, B., Begovic, J., Golic, N., Topisirovic, L.: Characterization of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Bukuljac, a homemade goat's milk cheese. Int. J. Food Microbiol., 122 (2008) 162-170.



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