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prof. dr. sc. Branimir Bertoša

Title: Full Professor
Location: 210
Public phone number:+385 1 4606 132
Internal phone number:6132
Cellphone number:+385 91 502 69 69
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of Physical Chemistry






Affiliation and current position: Full Professor, Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (2021–).  

Previous positions: Associate Prpfessor (2015–2021) Assistant Professor (2012–2015), Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.  Research Associate (2009–2012), Senior Assistant (2007–2009), Assistant (2001–2007), Laboratory for Chemical and Biological Crystallography, Division of Physical Chemistry, "Ruđer Bošković" Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.

Visits to foreign research and education institutions: 2008–2009 Postdoctoral position, Department of Statistical and Biological Physics, "International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)", Trieste, Italy.  

Education at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb: Diploma thesis (Chemistry, 2001); Doctoral thesis (Chemistry, 2007).  

Research interest:  Investigation of biologically important molecules (systems) using computational methods (molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo conformational search, Random Acceleration Molecular Dynamics, 3D-QSAR). The selection of biological systems for research is based on biological relevance, access to experimental data and possibility of collaboration with experimentalists. Systems that are in the focus of present investigations: hydrolytic enzymes from GDSL family, purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) from Escherichia coli, heterocyclic compounds with antitumor activity.  

Scientific papers: co-author of 39 scientific papers in journals indexed in WoS and Scopus. Average impact factor of scientific publications is 4.2. Number of citations is above 600.  

Awards and recognitions and memberships:  The Annual Award of "The Society of University Teachers, Scholars and Other Scientists – Zagreb" for young scientists and artists in 2008. EMBO fellowship for "EMBO Course on Biomolecular simulation", Institute Pasteur, Paris, France, 18. 07. – 25. 07. 2004. 

Principal investigator of research projects:

2021 – "Managanese metalosensors" funds provided by Croatian Science Foundation (cca 200 000 EUR).

2020 – E "MARILIA" funds provided EU funds in the frame of Horizon2020 (total value of 2 000 000 EUR, funds for University of Zagreb cca 195 000 EUR).

2011 -2013 bilateral project with Germany "Biocatalysis of bacterial hydrolases of the GDSL–superfamily studied by a multidisciplinary approach"

2012 scientific project "Substrate promiscuity of bacterial SGNH hydrolases" funds provided by Croatian Academy of Science and Art.  

Project collaborator of 11 reseasrch projects including  the FP6 project "Reinforcement of the Centre for Computational Solutions in the Life Sciences" (2007-2010).

Published papers recorded in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography Database (CROSBI)

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List of select publications

  1. D. Kuťák, L. Melo, F. Schroeder, Z. Jelić-Matošević, N. Mutter, B. Bertoša, I. Barišić, CATANA: an online modelling environment for proteins and nucleic acid nanostructures. Nucleic Acids Research  (2022)

  2. S. Škulj, A. Barišić, N. Mutter, O. Spadiut, I. Barišić, B. Bertoša, Effect of N-glycosylation on horseradish peroxidase structural and dynamical properties, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 20 (2022) 3096–3105.

  3. T. Dražić, S. Kopf, J. Corridan, M. M. Leuthold, B. Bertoša, C. D. Klein, Peptide-β-lactam Inhibitors of Dengue and West Nile Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease Display Two Distinct Binding Modes, J. Med. Chem. 63(1) (2020) 140-156.

  4. B. Bertoša, M. Aleksić, G. Karminiski-Zamola, S. Tomić, QSAR analysis of antitumor active amides and quinolones from thiophene series, Int. J. Pharm., 394 (2010) 106-114.
  5. B. Bertoša, B. Kojić-Prodić, R.C. Wade, S. Tomić, Mechanism of Auxin Interaction with Auxin Binding Protein (ABP1): A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Biophys. J., 94 (1) (2008) 27-37.