Ivana Nikšić-Franjić is a PostDoc researcher who will combine computational chemistry with the classical physico-chemical (spectroscopic) methods to study recognition and binding of the genZ and gen1 biomimetic supramolecular binders to various nucleic acid sequences. Ivana’s work will be supervised jointly by I. Piantanida and A. Višnjevac. Ivana is joining the team in an official capacity, as a postdoc researcher engaged at the calixDNA project, from Aug. 1st, 2021, to July 31st, 2023. Prior to her official engagement, she joined the team on a voluntary basis, starting May, 3rd, 2021.
Ena Otković joined the calixDNA team from Feb. 1st, 2021, as a second year student of Graduate studies in chemistry at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. As her main branches of chemistry, Ena studies analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Within the calixDNA project, Ena is working on her master’s degree on the study of noncovalent interactions between our supramolecular biomimetic binders of the zero generation (genZ SBBs) and polynucleotide chains, by means of variety of spectroscopic techniques. After having successfully defended her MSc thesis STUDY OF CATIONIC CALIXARENES INTERACTIONS WITH NUCLEOTIDES, DNA AND RNA, on Sep. 22nd, 2021, Ena left the calixDNA team.
Corentin Thouzé was member of calixDNA team during his 16-weeks long internship at the project (from April, 26th, 2021 until Aug. 13th, 2021). Corentin is a fourth year student at the ENSICAEN (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Caen), CAen, France. During his internship at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, and on the calixDNA project, he will be working on the recognition and binding studies of the genZ supramolecular biomimetic binders (in particular, calixarene ligand AB118 and its copper(II) complex) by variety of spectroscopic methods, as well as on the preliminary determination of the crystallization conditions of several genz SBB ligands and complexes.