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prof. dr. sc. Nenad Pavin

Title: Full Professor
Location: 422
Public phone number:4605663
Internal phone number:5663
E-mail: E-mail
Personal web page: http://www.phy.pmf.unizg.hr/~npavin/index.html
Department: Theoretical Physics Department
Graduation year:1993
mr.sc. graduation year:1998
PhD graduation year:1999
Employed in this institution since:1993




integrated undergraduate and graduate



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List of select publications

  • M. Novak, B. Polak, J. Simunić, Z. Boban, B. Kuzmić, A. Thomae, I.M. Tolić, N. Pavin. The mitotic spindle is chiral due to torques within microtubule bundles. Nat. Commun. 9, 3571 (2018).
  • J. Kajtez, A. Solomatina, M. Novak, B. Polak, K. Vukušić, J. Rudiger, G. Cojoc, A. Milas, I. Šumanovac Šestak, P. Risteski, F. Tavano, A.H. Klemm, E. Roscioli, J. Welburn, D. Cimini, M. Glunčić, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolić. Overlap microtubules link sister k-fibers and balance the forces on bioriented kinetochores. Nat. Commun. 7, 10298 (2016).
  • M. Glunčić, N. Maghelli, A. Krull, V. Krstić, D. Ramunno-Johnson, N. Pavin, and I.M. Tolić. Kinesin-8 Motors Improve Nuclear Centering by Promoting Microtubule Catastrophe. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 078103 (2015).
  • V. Ananthanarayanan, M. Schattat, S.K. Vogel, A. Krull, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolić-Norrelykke. Dynein motion switches from diffusive to directed upon cortical anchoring. Cell 153, 1526-1536 (2013).
  • I. Kalinina, A. Nandi, P. Delivani, M Chacón, A. Klemm, D. Ramunno-Johnson, A. Krull, B. Lindner, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolić-Norrelykke. Pivoting of microtubules around the spindle pole accelerates kinetochore capture. Nat. Cell Biol. 15, 82-87 (2013).

List of select projects

  • 2020 – 2026: ERC Synergy Grant with Iva Tolić (Ruđer Bošković Institute), Geert Kops (Hubrecht Institute – KNAW, Netherlands) and Angelika Amon (MIT, USA). Topic: Molecular origins of aneuploidies in healthy and diseased human tissues (Aneuploidy). Total amount granted: 10,000,000 EUR.
  • 2020 – 2024: Grant from the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) with Iva Tolić (Ruđer Bošković Institute). Topic: Balance of forces and torques in the mitotic spindle. Total amount granted: 1,000,000 HRK.
  • 2017 – 2022: Croatian Government and European Union through the European Regional Development Fund - the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme: Scientific Center of Excellence for Quantum and Complex Systems, and Representations of Lie Algebras. Amount: in total 36.956.624,09 HRK, 4.703.690,05 HRK for Element 4

Past employments


  • 2013 – 2019: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia; Associate Professor
  • 2007 – 2011: Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany; Guest scientist with Prof. Dr. Frank Julicher
  • 2001 – 2013: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia; Assistant Professor
  • 1993 – 2001: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia; Teaching Assistant