Senior scientists

principal investigator

A. Višnjevac

Dr. sc. Aleksandar Višnjevac, calixDNA principal investigator, is a senior research associate of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb. Within the calixDNA project, dr. Višnjevac is in charge of: (i) crystallization experiments, (ii) X-ray diffraction experiments and XRD data interpretation, (iii) supervising the PhD student, (iv) supervising the postdoc researcher (shared with Ivo Piantanida, 30% – 70%) in the part of his/her activities pertaining to macromolecular crystallization, (v) field research – organization of experiments in the Gruber group in Graz and at the Synchrotron facility in Trieste, (vi) organizing the workshop in Zagreb dedicated to nucleic acid structural research during the second project period, and (vii) general management of the project (reports to the CSF, financial aspects, communication with the RBI and CSF administration etc.).

team members

O. Reinaud

Prof. dr. sc. Olivia Reinaud is the head of the Group for Supramolecular Biomimetic Chemistry at the University of Paris. Within the calixDNA, prof. Reinaud is responsible for (i) design and synthesis of the SBBs (genZ, gen1 and gen2).

I. Piantanida

Dr. sc. Ivo Piantanida is a senior scientist at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. Within the calixDNA, dr. Piantanida is responsible for: (i) recognition/binding studies and biological assays, and (ii) supervising the postdoc researcher (shared with Aleksandar Višnjevac, 70% – 30%) in the part of his/her activities pertaining to recognition/binding studies and biological assays. Piantanida group will be joined, in due course, by master student(s).

B. Kojić-Prodić

Emerita dr. sc. Biserka Kojić-Prodić is a scientific consultant of the calixDNA project team in the field of macromolecular crystallography, crystallization, as well as in dissemination of the result and organization of the workshop. 

B. Colasson

Dr. sc. Benoit Colasson is an associate professor at the University of Paris and works in the Group for Supramolecular Biomimetic Chemistry. His responsibilities within the calixDNA project include: (i) the design and synthesis of the SBBs (genZ, gen1 and gen2), and (ii) direct mentoring the PhD student in the part of his/her research pertaining to design and synthesis of the SBBs.