Valerija Dobričić, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Education

2009.10-2013.06: Ph.D. student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia
2003.10-2005.12: M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
1998.10-2003.05: B. S. in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Work experience

2016.12– present: Post-doctoral researcher, Lübeck Interdisciplinary Platform for Genome Analytics, University of Lübeck, Germany
2010.03-2016.12: Head, Laboratory for Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics of Neurological Diseases, Clinic of Neurology, Clinical center of Serbia, Belgrade
2008.11-2010.02: Senior scientist, Laboratory for Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics of Neurological Diseases, Clinic of Neurology, Clinical center of Serbia, Belgrade
2006.06-2008.11: Research assistant, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Honors and Awards

2013: Top 10 Posters Award at IX/XV Congress of neurologists of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia.
2013: ESHG “National Fellowship”
2010: ESHG “National Fellowship”
2004: University of Belgrade Award, Best Student of Faculty of Biology
2003: Awarded the scholarship for postgraduate students from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Serbia and Montenegro
2003: Best Molecular Biology and Physiology student, The Royal family Karadjordjevic found
2000 & 2001: Best Molecular Biology and Physiology student, memorial fund “Marija Mandić”
2000: Awarded scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Serbia and Montenegro (as one of the 250 best undergraduate students in the country)

Selected publications

1. Djarmati A, Dobričić V (equally contributed), Stevanović M, Marsh P, Savić D, Jančić-Stefanović, Klein C, Djurić M, Romac S. MECP2 Mutations in Rett Syndrome Patients from Serbia and Montenegro. Acta Neurol Scand 2007; 116:413-419.

2. Dobricic V, Stefanova E, Jankovic M, Gurunlian N, Novakovic I, Hardy J, Kostic V, Guerreiro R. Genetic testing in familial and young-onset Alzheimer’s disease: mutation spectrum in a Serbian cohort. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Jul;33(7):1481.e7-12.

3. Dobričić VS, Kresojević ND, Svetel MV, Janković MZ, Petrović IN, Tomić AD, Novaković IV, Kostić VS. Mutation screening of the DYT6/THAP1 gene in Serbian patients with primary dystonia. J Neurol. 2013 Apr;260(4):1037-42.

4. Hsu SC, Sears RL, Lemos RR, Quintáns B, Huang A, Spiteri E, Nevarez L, Mamah C, Zatz M, Pierce KD, Fullerton JM, Adair JC, Berner JE, Bower M, Brodaty H, Carmona O, Dobricić V, Fogel BL, García-Estevez D, Goldman J, Goudreau JL, Hopfer S, Janković M, Jaumà S, Jen JC, Kirdlarp S, Klepper J, Kostić V, Lang AE, Linglart A, Maisenbacher MK, Manyam BV, Mazzoni P, Miedzybrodzka Z, Mitarnun W, Mitchell PB, Mueller J, Novaković I, Paucar M, Paulson H, Simpson SA, Svenningsson P, Tuite P, Vitek J, Wetchaphanphesat S, Williams C, Yang M, Schofield PR, de Oliveira JR, Sobrido MJ, Geschwind DH, Coppola G. Mutations in SLC20A2 are a major cause of familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification. Neurogenetics. 2013 Feb;14(1):11-22.

5. Keller A, Westenberger A, Sobrido MJ, García-Murias M, Domingo A, Sears RL, Lemos RR, Ordoñez-Ugalde A, Nicolas G, da Cunha JE, Rushing EJ, Hugelshofer M, Wurnig MC, Kaech A, Reimann R, Lohmann K, Dobričić V, Carracedo A, Petrović I, Miyasaki JM, Abakumova I, Mäe MA, Raschperger E, Zatz M, Zschiedrich K, Klepper J, Spiteri E, Prieto JM, Navas I, Preuss M, Dering C, Janković M, Paucar M, Svenningsson P, Saliminejad K, Khorshid HR, Novaković I, Aguzzi A, Boss A, Le Ber I, Defer G, Hannequin D, Kostić VS, Campion D, Geschwind DH, Coppola G, Betsholtz C, Klein C, Oliveira JR. Mutations in the gene encoding PDGF-B cause brain calcifications in humans and mice. Nat Genet. 2013 Sep;45(9):1077-82.

6. Svetel M, Pekmezovic T, Markovic V, Novaković I, Dobričić V, Djuric G, Stefanova E, Kostić V. No Association between Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor G196A Polymorphism and Clinical Features of Parkinson’s Disease. Eur Neurol. 2013 Sep 17;70(5-6):257-262.

7. Dobričić V, Kresojević N, Westenberger A, Svetel M, Tomić A, Ralić V, Petrović I, Lukić MJ, Lohmann K, Novaković I, Klein C, Kostić VS. De novo mutation in the GNAL gene causing seemingly sporadic dystonia in a Serbian patient. Mov Disord. 2014 Aug;29(9):1190-3.

8. Kostić VS, Dobričić V, Stanković I, Ralić V, Stefanova E. C9orf72 expansion as a possible genetic cause of Huntington disease phenocopy syndrome. J Neurol. 2014 Oct;261(10):1917-21.

9. Tomić A, Petrović I, Svetel M, Dobričić V, Dragašević Mišković N, Kostić VS. Pattern of disease progression in atypical form of pantothenate-kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) – Prospective study. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2015 May;21(5):521-4.

10. Dujmovic I, Jancic J, Dobricic V, Jankovic M, Novakovic I, Comabella M, Drulovic J. Are Leber’s mitochondial DNA mutations associated with aquaporin-4 autoimmunity? Mult Scler. 2016 Mar;22(3):393-4.

11. Dobričić V, Kresojević N, Žarković M, Tomić A, Marjanović A, Westenberger A, Cvetković D, Svetel M, Novaković I, Kostić VS. Phenotype of non-c.907_909delGAG mutations in TOR1A: DYT1 dystonia revisited. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2015 Oct;21(10):1256-9.

12. Mandic-Stojmenovic G, Stefanova E, Dobricic V, Novakovic I, Stojkovic T, Jesic A, Kostic V. Screening for C9orf72 Expansion Mutation in Serbian Patients with Early-Onset Dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2015;40(5-6):358-65.

13. Kostic M, Canu E, Agosta F, Munjiza A, Novakovic I, Dobricic V, Maria Ferraro P, Miler Jerkovic V, Pekmezovic T, Lecic Tosevski D, Filippi M. The cumulative effect of genetic polymorphisms on depression and brain structural integrity. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Jun;37(6):2173-84.

14. Dobričić V, Kresojević N, Marjanović A, Tomić A, Svetel M, Novaković I, Kostić VS. HPCA-related dystonia: Too rare to be found? Mov Disord. 2016 Jul;31(7):1071.

15. Mišković ND, Domingo A, Dobričić V, Max C, Braenne I, Petrović I, Grütz K, Pawlack H, Tournev I, Kalaydjieva L, Svetel M, Lohmann K, Kostić VS, Westenberger A. Seemingly dominant inheritance of a recessive ANO10 mutation in romani families with cerebellar ataxia. Mov Disord. 2016 Oct 27. doi: 10.1002/mds.26816. [Epub ahead of print]