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Project memberResearch associate Valentina Cirkovic (former Nikolic)

Dr Valentina Cirkovic does planning, design, implementation and conducting of a research study related to evolution of highly variable RNA viruses, scientific data reporting as well as establishing and further expanding collaboration with national and international institutions.

valentinanikolic85@gmail.com

KARIJERA U BROJEVIMA

11

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

22

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

108

CITATION NUMBERS

7

HIRSCH INDEX

SKILLSAbout Valentina Cirkovic

Research Associate involved in study planning, as well as in implementation of molecular techniques and advanced phylogenetic analyses in hghly sophisticated softwares. Establishing and further expanding research collaborations with national and international institutions.

Persistence is another name for success.
Research associate Valentina Ćirković (former Nikolić)
Project member

ACHIEVEMENTSBiography

Dr Valentina Cirkovic is employed at the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade as research associate. She has obtained PhD in 2018, entitled “Phylogenetic analysis of hantaviral molecular evolution in different rodent species”. She defended her doctoral dissertation in English in the presence of an eminent dissertation committee member Prof. Anna Papa-Konidari. Her thesis was awarded by the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade as the one with the highest cumulative impact factor of research papers presented in the thesis for the school year 2017∕2018.

Dr Valentina Cirkovic has been involved in both, national and international projects granted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technical Development of the Republic of Serbia. In particular, she has started her career in the field of scientific research in 2011 within Project entitled “Phylogenetic analysis and molecular evolution in highly variable viruses: coinfections, host-pathogene interactions”, supervised by Prof. Maja Stanojevic. Additionally, she was a member of a two-year bilateral Project with the People’s Republic of China, during which she had an international engagement at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Zoonoses in Beijing, China.

Dr Valentina Cirkovic is a member of a Project granted by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, entitled “An evolutionary insight into molecular diversity of emerging pathogens in Serbia through phylogenetic approach” (IN-DEPTH), supervised by assistant professor Irena Arandjelovic. During ten years of research experience, she acquired knowledge in the field of molecular virology and phylogenetic analyses at numerous national and international workshops and conferences.

Dr Valentina Cirkovic is also involved in molecular diagnostic of HIV resistance to antiretroviral drugs, virus tropism, and HLA typing within the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS. Since the beginning of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, she was actively involved in molecular diagnostic of COVID19 at the NRL Torlak.

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

European Society for translation Antiretroviral Research (ESAR)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  1. Stanojević M, Li K, Stamenković G, Ilić B, Paunović M, Pešić B, Maslovara IĐ, Šiljić M, Ćirković V, Zhang Y. Depicting the RNA Virome of Hematophagous Arthropods from Belgrade, Serbia. Viruses. 2020 Sep 2;12(9):975.
  2. Li K, Stanojević M, Stamenković G, Ilic B, Paunovic M, Lu M, Pesic B, Djuric Maslovara I, Siljic M, Cirkovic V, Zhang Y. Insight into diversity of bacteria belonging to the order Rickettsiales in 9 arthropods species collected in Serbia. Sci Rep. 2019; 9(1):18680.
  3. Stanojevic M, Cirkovic V, Siljic M, Gligic A, Stamenkovic G. Molecular characterization of Dobrava-Belgrade hantavirus in Serbia, 2007-2011. J Infect Public Health. 2019; S1876-0341(19)30108-X.
  4. Jovanovic L, Siljic M, Cirkovic V, Salemović D, Pesic-Pavlovic I, Todorovic M, Ranin J, Jevtovic D, Stanojevic M. Exploring Evolutionary and Transmission Dynamics of HIV Epidemic in Serbia: Bridging Socio-Demographic With Phylogenetic Approach. Front Microbiol. 2019; 25;10:287.
  5. Siljic M, Salemovic D, Cirkovic V, Pesic-Pavlovic I, Ranin J, Todorovic M,Nikolic S, Jevtovic D, Stanojevic M. Forensic application of phylogenetic analyses – Exploration of suspected HIV-1 transmission case. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2017;27:100-105.
  6. Stamenkovic G, Cirkovic V, Siljic M, Blagojevic J, Knezevic A, Joksic I, Stanojevic M. Substitution rate and natural selection in parvovirus B19. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:35759.
  7. Nikolic V, Stajkovic N, Stamenkovic G, Cekanac R, Marusic P, Siljic M, Gligic A, Stanojevic M. Evidence of recombination in Tula virus strains from Serbia. Infect Genet Evol. 2014; 21:472-78.
  8. Stamenković G, Nikolić V, Blagojević J, Bugarski-Stanojević V, Adnađević T, Stanojević M, Vujošević M. Genetic analysis of Dobrava-Belgrade virus from western serbia – a newly detected focus in the Balkan Peninsula. Zoonoses Public Health. 2015; 62:141-150.
  9. Stanojevic M, Nikolic V, Stajkovic N, Stamenkovic G, Bozovic B, Cekanac R, Marusic P, Gligic A. Genetic detection of Dobrava-Belgrade hantavirus in the edible dormouse (Glis glis) in central Serbia. Epidemiol Infect. 2015; 143:400-404.
  10. Stanojevic M, Nikolic V, Stajkovic N, Stamenkovic G, Bozovic B, Cekanac R, Marusic P, Gligic A. Genetic detection of Dobrava-Belgrade hantavirus in the edible dormouse (Glis glis) in central Serbia. Epidemiol Infect. 2015; 143:400-404.
INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

2017                    Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC)

2012                     Current challenges in treatment of HIV infected patients; 3rd International

Workshop, Utrecht, Netherlands

2012                     Janus Programme II – Hepatitis B and C Co-infection; Justri Workshop;

Budapest, Hungary.

2012                     17th International VEME Bioinformatics Workshop; Belgrade, Serbia.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2019    European AIDS Conference (EASC) grant: Cirkovic V, Siljic M,    Salemovic D, Jovanovic L, Pesic-Pavlovic I, Todorovic M, Ranin J, Jevtovic DJ, Stanojevic M. Two decades survaillance of HIV-1 transmitted drug resistance in Serbia. European AIDS Conference 2019. EASC 2019-Abstract book; Ab. No. PE29/30. Basel, Switzerland.

2018    HIV Research for Prevention (HIV4P) grant: Cirkovic V, Siljic M, Salemovic D, Jovanovic L, Pesic-Pavlovic I, Todorovic M, Ranin J, Jevtovic DJ,     Stanojevic M. Exploring the transmission dynamic of HIV-1 epidemic spread in             Serbia using birth-death skyline plot. HIV research for prevention 2018: AIDS vaccine, microbiocide and ARV-based prevention science. Madrid, Spain.

2013    ESCV (European Society for Clinical Virology) grant:  Nikolic V, Stajkovic N, Stamenkovic G, Vujosevic M, Cekanac R, Marusic P, Siljic M, Gligic A, Stanojevic M. Comparative phylogenetic analysis of DOBV L and S segments isolated from animal reservoirs in Serbia. 5th European Congress of Virology, Lyon, France.

2012    ESCV (European Society for Clinical Virology) grant: Nikolic V, Stamenkovic G, Bozovic B, Vujosevic M, Blagojevic J, Siljic M, Stanojevic M. Newly detected focus of DOB/BGD virus in western Serbia. Book of abstracts 15th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) and Joint Meeting with the European Society for Veterinary Virology (ESVV), Madrid, Spain.

EDUCATION

2010 – 2018            PhD in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade; module “Molecular medicine”. The title of thesis: “Phylogenetic analysis of hantaviral molecular evolution in different rodent species

2006 – 2010           Master of Science in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade; Average grade 9.06/10