NIB

Assist. Prof. Dr. Tina Eleršek

Working place: Senior Research Associate

Telephone number: +386 (0)59 23 28 85
Email: tina.elersek@nib.si
Department: Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology

PUBLICATIONS COBISS: https://bib.cobiss.net/bibliographies/si/webBiblio/bib201_20211121_125010_22616.html

EDUCATION (INSTITUTION, DEGREE, YEAR, FIELD OF STUDY)
· University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, B.Sc.&M.Sc. (University diploma), 2001, Microbiology
· University of Ljubljana, PhD in Biology and Biotechnical Sciences, 2006, Biology (Ecology)

ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TITLE
· academic: Assistant professor in the field of Microbiology at the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenia
· scientific: Senior Research Associate at the Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

EMPLOYMENT
· Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS AND ABILITIES
· 2018: acquisition of the Interreg Alpine Space project Eco-AlpsWater (the role of scientific communication manager, WP leader, steering committee member), the project duration: 2018-2021
· 2012-2018: for the needs of the Environmental Agency (ARSO) I managed projects for regular annual biological monitoring of the ecological quality of inland waters for the biological element phytoplankton and phytobenthos, furthermore, I managed several expert opinions for ARSO on environmental questions regarding cyanobacterial issues or ecotoxicological testing (applicative projects)
· 2012-2017: for contracting authorities (Cinkarna Celje, Kemis) I managed projects for biological monitoring and testing of acute toxicity (applicative projects)
· 2008-2020: in the frame of the Contract with Ministry of Defence of Slovenia I have collaborated as an expert in the case of an attack with biological weapons and means of mass destruction as well as conventional terrorist means
· promotion of science through the publication of popular articles for newspapers and popular science magazines, interviews for various media, exhibitions for the general public and popular scientific lectures at various occasions (Researcher’s night, House of experiments, conferences) ...
 
RECENT BIGER PROJECTS involvement
· Interreg Alpine Space Project - Eco-AlpsWater
· the FP7 Project - CytoThreat (NIB coordinator)
· the H2020 Project - Dronic (NIB subcontractors)
· Life + Project - Cyanobacterial bloom monitoring (NIB partner)
· ARRS Program P1-0245 - Ecotoxicology, toxicological genomics and carcinogenesis (NIB coordinator)
· ARRS Project L1-5456 - Control of harmful cyanobacterial bloom (NIB coordinator)
· ARRS Project V1-1427 - Elements of water status in determining ecologically acceptable flow (NIB partner)
 
TEACHING ACTIVITIES
· 2014-2020: conducting practical exercises on the topic of "Microbial diversity and identification of algae and cyanobacteria" for undergraduate students of Microbiology at the University of Ljubljana
· 2018: conducting practical exercise on the topic of »Ecotoxicology« for postgraduate students of Veterinary sciences at the University of Ljubljana
· 2011-2012: conducting practical exercises on the topic of "Genetic toxicology" for undergraduate students of the University of Nova Gorica

ABILITIES TO PROMOTE YOUNG RESEARCHERS TO THE TOP RESEARCH WORK
· 2019: co-menthor of doctoral thesis, Tinkara ROZINA
· 2005-2019: participated in the laboratory work and work mentoring for several master's theses; official co-mentoring in master's theses (Bologna studies): Maša KOROŠEC, Sara MILAVEC, Maja ŽENKO, Tilen NOTERSBERG, Nika ŽALEC, Karin LEBEN
· 2005-2019: participated in the laboratory work and work mentoring for several diploma theses: Janja ZABUKOVNIK, Anja HAJSAN, Anja ZAKRAJŠEK

WORK IN EXPERT COMMISSIONS
· actively participated in the working groups in the COST Action DNAqua-Net (CA 15219), where the possibilities of using molecular algae detection in biological monitoring are studied
· actively participated in the working groups in the COST Action CyanoCost (ES 1105), where the cyanobacterial detection in biological monitoring was studied
· a representative of Slovenia for phytobenthos biological element within the group Ecostat as part of a working group of the Water Framework Directive - Phase 3 intercalibration
· member of international group The Science Advisory Board
· member of FEPS (Federation of the European Phycological Societies)
 
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES
· 2014: Prometheus award for excellence in science communication awarded by Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts for monograph [COBISS.SI-ID 273862656]
· 2015: 3rd place at the Competition for Best Short Video on Science, Science on the Road: knowledge and ideas in draft [COBISS.SI-ID 3123791]
· EQAT international certificate for identification and quantification of phytoplankton and phytobenthos species (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016)
 
PUBLICATIONS
· I would like to point out that so far my work has covered not only scientific work but also quite a few applied projects, so I have published more than 60 final research reports
· among other things, I have published 24 original scientific articles (9 as the first author), 7 independent scientific chapters in a monographic publication and 1 scientific monography
· two A” scientific publications, relevant to the call content, are presented below:
  a) MANTZOUKI, Evanthia, REMEC-REKAR, Špela, ELERŠEK, Tina, et al. A European multi lake survey dataset of environmental variables, phytoplankton pigments and cyanotoxins. Scientific data, ISSN 2052-4463, 2018, vol. 5, str. [1-13], ilustr. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.226, doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.226. [COBISS.SI-ID 4909903]
  b) BREZOVŠEK, Polona, ELERŠEK, Tina, FILIPIČ, Metka. Toxicities of four anti-neoplastic drugs and their binary mixtures tested on the green alga Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and the cyanobacterium Synechococcus leopoliensis. Water research, ISSN 0043-1354. [Print ed.], 2014, vol. 52, str. 168-177, doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.01.007. [COBISS.SI-ID 3027791]
 
CONCISE DESCRIPTION OF CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT Eco-AlpsWater
(I have the role of scientific communication manager, WP leader and steering committee member. The proposed project complements the Eco-AlpsWater, which does not include the problematic of cyanobacteria, but warns that this pressing problem must be addressed. With financing the proposed project, also this important aspect of toxicological threat will be studied.)

Eco-AlpsWater = Innovative Ecological Assessment and Water Management Strategy for the Protection of Ecosystem Services in Alpine Lakes and Rivers project website: www.alpine-space.eu/eco-alpswater