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Symposium "Peptide Chemistry Day" at the University of Zagreb

The Symposium entitled "Peptide Chemistry Day" will be held on Wednesday, 20 September 2023 at the University of Zagreb, SEECEL building, Radoslava Cimermana 88, Zagreb.

The Symposium aims to bring together all the research scientists who work on different aspects within the field of peptide science. Besides presentations of research results, we would like to stimulate all forms of collaboration and networking. Younger colleagues and students are especially encouraged to participate in this event.

The Symposium marks the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer in Biotechnology, University of Zagreb and continuous multidisciplinary research into the chemistry of biologically active peptides, especially glycopeptide, peptidoglycan monomer as well as adamantylpeptides.

The Symposium is organised by the University of Zagreb together with Croatian Chemical Society, and Ruđer Bošković Institute.

The Symposium is sponsored by:

European Peptide Society
BICRO BIOCentre, Ltd.
Altium International d.o.o.

There is no registration fee.

The official languages of the symposium are Croatian and English.

The deadline for application and abstract submission is 14 September 2023.




Organizing and Scientific committee     

Prof. Ruža Frkanec, UNIZG,
Dr. Andreja Jakas, IRB
Prof. Leo Frkanec, IRB
Assist. Prof.  Daniela Kalafatović, UNIRI
Arijana Mihalić, UNIZG



8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Opening addresses

9:15 - 9:45 Prof. Antonella Bandiera, University of Trieste, Department of Life Sciences: HELP: the still underexploited versatile platform for peptide production and delivery

9:45 -10:15 Prof. Damir Vukičević; Faculty of Science, University of Split: Selector of amino-acid scales set

10:15 - 10:45 Dr. Nermina Malanović: University of Graz, Institute of Molecular Biosciences: The mode of action of antimicrobial peptides OP-145 and SAAP-148

10:45 - 10:55 Vlatka Petrović, Head, Technology Transfer Office, University of Zagreb, "EIT Health - Creating Innovation Opportunities", the project presentation.

10:55 - 11:00 Video promotion of BICRO BIOCentre

11:00 -11:30 Coffee break/Poster session

11:30 - 12:00 Prof.  Mario Gabričević, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb: Rational design of synthetic small peptide inhibitors of protein targets

12:00 - 12:30 Dr. Vladimir Radić, R&D Analytics Zagreb, Pliva Hrvatska: In depth look at the peptide therapeutics: Comparative analytical studies

12:30 - 13:00 Assist. Prof. Daniela Kalafatović, Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka: Integration of machine-learning and human intuition for the discovery of functional peptides

13:00 - 13:15 SPONSOR

Borna Ferčec and Ema Podravski, Altium International d.o.o.: Agilent Biosolution Workflow.

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch break/ Poster session

14:15 - 14:45 Dr. Danijela Bakarić, Institut Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb: Contribution of proton transfer to the adsorption of cationic hydrophobic peptides on zwitterionic lipid membranes

14:45 - 15:15 Dr. Zoran Kokan, Institut Ruđer Bošković, ZKM: Ion binding photoswitchable peptidic ligands in enantioselective transition metal catalysis

15:15 - 15:45 Assist. Prof. Toni Todorovski, Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka: Antiviral Peptide-Porphyrin Conjugates Capable of Crossing Blood-Brain and Blood-Placenta Barriers

15:45 -16:05 Prof. Lidija Barišić, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb: Conformational and biological properties of ferrocene peptides

16:05 - 16:30 Coffee break/ Poster session

16:30 - 16:50 Patrizia Janković, Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka: Esterase-inspired linear and cyclic catalytic peptides with tunable activity

16:50 - 17:10 Marcela Šišić, Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer in Biotechnology, University of Zagreb: SPR study of interactions between N-acetyl glucosamine specific lectins and peptidoglycan monomer

17:10 - 17:30 Marta Jurković, Institut Ruđer Bošković, ZOKB: Fluorescent analogs of FRH peptides as selective sensors of transition metals in water

17:30 - 17:50 Barbara Bogović, Institut Ruđer Bošković, ZOKB: C-glycosyl alpha amino acid in peptide synthesis

17:50 Closing of symposium

For further information please contact Mrs. Ruža Frkanec, e-mail: