Dr. Apolonija Bedina Zavec received her BS in Biology, and MS, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular biology from the University of Ljubljana. Her research dissertation was on the yeast genetics. She is currently working as researcher at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana (2005-present). She has specialized knowledge and experience in the field of genetics (cloning, yeast two-hybrid system), cell biology (yeast, bacteria, cell cultures and extracellular vesicles), and flow cytometry. She has a significant interest in extracellular vesicles and she was additionally employed at the Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana (2009-2012), on a research programme focused on extracellular vesicles in cancer progression. For one year, she has been working for Lek, Sandoz company d.d. as expert adviser in the technical development of biopharmaceuticals (2013-2014). She has studied the use of extracellular vesicles in pharmaceutical industry and she found that the concentration of extracellular vesicles in bioreactor is new important parameter for assessing the bioprocesses. She has written many peer reviewed papers and several book chapters. In addition to her research, she gives lectures at the Higher school of applied science, Department of Cosmetics (2008-present). She is a substitute member of Management Committee of European Network on Microvesicles and Exosomes in Health and Disease (ME-HAD), European Cooperation in Science and Technology (2012-2016).
Molecular biology; Extracellular vesicles, Liposomes, Archaeosomes; Pore forming proteins; Intrinsically disordered proteins; Senescence.