Dr. Barbara Breznik

Working place: Scientific Associate, Head of Department

Telephone number: +386 (0)59 23 28 65
Department: Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology

Scientific expertise
Cancer research, cancer biology; stem cells; advanced cellular and animal model for cancer research; brain tumors; proteolytic enzymes; biomarkers; immunotherapy

•    PhD (2018), International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan Ljubljana, Slovenia
•    Master of Pharmacy (2013), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

•    Visiting assistant project scientists at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (2020-2021)
•    Research assistant at Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, National Institute of biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018-present)
•    Visiting researcher at Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2017)
•    Young researcher; Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, National Institute of Biology Ljubljana (2013-2018)

Research projects
•    Post-doctoral ARRS research project Z3-187O »The impact of mesenchymal stem cells in glioblastoma therapeutic resistance«, webpage:, principal investigator (2019-2021)
•    Bilateral ARRS project Slovenia-USA »Natural killer cells in immunotherapy of glioblastoma« in collaboration with UCLA, principal investigator (2019-2021)
•    ARRS research programme P1-0245 »Ecotoxicology, toxicogenomics and carcinogenesis«, National Institute of biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia, PI prof. Tamara Lah Turnšek, webpage (2019-2024)
•    Project of European Programme of Cross-Border Cooperation for Slovenia-Italy (Interreg) TRANS-GLIOMA “New Therapies of glioblastoma based on cross-border translation research platform”, PI prof. Radovan Komel, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, webpage:, (2017-2020)

Teaching experineces
•    Elected assistant in the field of Cell Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
•    Teacher of laboratory practical courses Cancer Biology at Biotechnical Faculty UL and Cancer Biochemistry at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering UL, Slovenia
•    Co-supervisor of bachelor’s and master’s thesis at University of Ljubljana


European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)- member of PathoBiology group; Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society; Slovenian Biochemical Society; Management committee substitute in EU-founded COST action 16119: In vitro 3-D total cell guidance and fitness