About employee

izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandra Maršavelski

Title: Associate Professor
Location: 307a/ZBK
Public phone number:+385 1 4606 241
Internal phone number:6241
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of Biochemistry
Graduation year:2010
mr.sc. graduation year:2011
PhD graduation year:2017
Employed in this institution since:2018




integrated undergraduate and graduate




03/2012-07/2017 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

09/2010-07/2011 M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia

09/2006-07/2010 B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia




 2017 Annual best young scientist's paper award from the Society of University Professors, scholars and other scientists in Zagreb

 2016/2017 Town of Zagreb Scholarship for the best PhD students

 2016 The Best Scientific Paper Award - Ruđer Bošković Institute yearly award

 2016 FEBS Short-Term Fellowship to visit the Kamerlin lab in Uppsala, Sweden

 2011 Top Student Award, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia




08-10/2019 UKF project, the Kamerlin lab (Professor Lynn Kamerlin), Uppsala University, Uppsala,  Sweden, (Project: Catalytic selectivity toward fluorinated compounds)

08-09/2017 Jackson Research Group, Australian National University, Canberra,  Australia (Project: Interaction networks in proteins)

FEBS Short-Term Fellowship to visit the Kamerlin lab, Uppsala University, Uppsala,  Sweden, 06-08/2016 (Project: Catalytic mechanism of diamine oxidase revealed by  EVB simulations)

National Institute of Chemistry, Department of Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 01-02/2016. (Project: Catalytic mechanism and selectivity of monoamine oxidase B revealed by EVB simulations)

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List of select publications

A. Maršavelski, I. Sabljić, D. Sugimori, B. Kojić-Prodić, The substrate selectivity of the two homologous SGNH hydrolases from Streptomyces bacteria: Molecular dynamics and experimental study, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2020) 158: 222-230

A. Palcic, S. Babić, A. Maršavelski, M. Galić, N. Topić Popović, I. Strunjak Perović, R. Čož-Rakovac, J. Bronić, V. Valtchev; Nanosized zeolite beta - determining the safety of usage by zebrafish Danio rerio embryos, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2020) 299, 110103

A. Maršavelski, D. Petrović, P. Bauer, R. Vianello, S. C. L. Kamerlin; Empirical Valence Bond Simulations Suggest a Direct Hydride Transfer Mechanism for Human Diamine Oxidase, ACS Omega (2018), 3: 3665–3674.

I. Leščić Ašler, Z. Štefanić, A. Maršavelski, R. Vianello and B. Kojić-Prodić; The Catalytic Dyad in the SGNH Hydrolase Superfamily: In-depth Insight into Structural Parameters Tuning Catalytic Process of Extracellular Lipase from Streptomyces rimosus, ACS Chemical Biology (2017), 12: 1928–1936. 

A. Maršavelski; R. Vianello; “What a difference a methyl group makes - the selectivity of monoamine oxidase B towards histamine and N-methylhistamine”, Chemistry - A European Journal (2017), 23: 2915–2925.  

R. J. Schwamm, R. Vianello, A. Maršavelski, M. Á. García, R. M. Claramunt, I. Alkorta, J. Saame, I. Leito, C. M. Fitchett, A. J. Edwards, and M. P. Coles; “15N NMR Spectroscopy, X-ray and Neutron Diffraction, Quantum-Chemical Calculations, and UV/vis-Spectrophotometric Titrations as Complementary Techniques for the Analysis of Pyridine-Supported Bicyclic Guanidine Superbases", Journal of Organic Chemistry, (2016), 81: 7612–7625. 

A. Maršavelski; “A novel antimicrobial target—expanded and revisited mode of action of pantothenamides”, RSC advances, (2016), 6: 44888-44895.  

M. Kržan, R. Vianello, A. Maršavelski, M. Repič, M. Zakšek, K. Kotnik, E. Fijan and J. Mavri; “The Quantum Nature of Drug-Receptor Interactions: Deuteration Changes Binding Affinities for Histamine Receptor Ligands”, PLOS ONE, (2016), 11(5):e0154002. 

Đ. Škalamera, E. Sanders, R. Vianello, A. Maršavelski, A. Pevec, I. Turel and S. I. Kirin; “Synthesis and characterization of ML and ML2 metal complexes with amino acid substituted bis(2-picolyl)amine ligands”, Dalton Transactions, (2016), 45: 2845-2858. 

A. Maršavelski, V. Smrečki, R. Vianello, M. Žinić, A. Moguš-Milanković and A. Šantić; “Supramolecular Ionic-Liquid Gels with High Ionic Conductivity”, Chemistry - A European Journal (2015), 21: 12121–12128. 

A. Maršavelski, M. Močibob, I. Gruić-Sovulj, R. Vianello; “The origin of specificity and insight into recognition between aminoacyl carrier protein and its partner ligase”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2015), 17: 19030-19038.  

A. Maršavelski, S. Lesjak, M. Močibob, I. Weygand-Đurašević, S. Tomić; “A single amino acid substitution affects the substrate specificity of the seryl-tRNA synthetase homologue”, Molecular BioSystems (2014), 10: 3207-3216. 

V. Prokopović, M. Popović, U. Anđelković, A. Maršavelski, B. Rasković, M. Gavrović-Jankulović, N. Polović; “Isolation, biochemical characterization and anti-bacterial activity of BPIFA2 protein”, Archives of Oral Biology (2014), 59: 302-309. 

Professional memberships

Croatian Biophysical Society

Croatian Crystallographic Association

Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology