The 2012 Miroslav Zei Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Field of the Activities of the National Institute of Biology

The 2012 Miroslav Zei Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Field of the Activities of the National Institute of Biology

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The 2012 Miroslav Zei Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Field of the Activities of the National Institute of Biology was presented to Associate Professor Dr. Jana Žel.

Dr. Jane Žel’s main area of research are genetically modified plants, spanning from their breading to their diagnostic. Altogether Dr. Žel has published over 60 broadly cited scientific papers, among them during last five years in the most prestigious scientific journals such as the Nature Biotechnology and Nucleic Acid Research, as well as in various international monographs.

A number of her inventions in the area of molecular biology and genetics were patented. She is a member of the European committee for standardization for the domain of the genetically modified organisms, and a member of two technical groups at the Slovenian Institute for Standardization. She is also a representative of Slovenia in the European Network of GMO Laboratories who are performing the detection of genetically modified organisms. She is collaborating with the EU Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Organisms in Food and Feed as an expert advisor.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jana Žel (Photo: Jernej Polajnar)