Prof. Dr. Maruša Pompe Novak

Working place: Senior Scientific Associate

Telephone number: +386 (0)59 23 28 03
Department: Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology


  • University Degree in Biology, 1996, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
  • Biology Teacher, 1997, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
  • MSc in Biotechnology, 1999, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
  • PhD in Biotechnology, 2002, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty

Scientific interests:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Virology
  • Electron Microscopy

Management functions:

  • Head of Infrastructural Centre Planta and Head of Infrastructural Program of National Institute of Biology
  • Head of research group of Wine Research Centre

Scientific research work:

  • Research in the area of physiology and molecular biology of interactions of plants with disease causing agents, research of the influence of a viral infection on gene expression in potato plants with the long-term goal to answer the question, which genes, proteins and signal molecules are of key importance for the resistance of agronomically important plants to the infection with pathogen microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and phytoplasmas with the analysis of sensitive and resistant varieties and of genetically modified plants.
  • Research of genetic diversity of the grapevine viruses and its biological meaning, recombinations, mixed infections, spatio-temporal analyses of viral accumulation, and the influence of viral infection on quantity and quality of the yield, secondary metabolite content, gene expression in grapevines, and morphological and ultrastructural changes caused by viral infection.
  • Research in the field of electron microscopy at the levels of proteins, microorganisms, plants and humans with the emphasis on plant tissues and plant viruses.  

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Pedagogical work:

  • Mentor and co-mentor of diploma, master and doctoral thesis
  • Principal lecturer of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology course at Bachelor's programme in Viticulture and Enology, School for Viticulture and Enology, University of Nova Gorica
  • Principal lecturer of Plant Biotechnology course at Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology graduate study programme (Third Level), Graduate School, University of Nova Gorica

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