The 2010 Miroslav Zei Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Field of the Research Activities of the National Institute of Biology
Associate Professor Kristina Gruden’s work over the past five years has taken place at the National Institute of Biology. Her research work is linked to systematic biology. She uses innovative approaches to merge new molecular technologies, bioinformatics and biostatistics with the study of biological processes in potatoes, grapevines and industrial microorganisms. In the framework of a large-scale European project, she played an important role in developing molecular methods for determining genetic modification in organisms; among other things, her work on the project led to publication in a leading scientific journal, Nature and Biotechnology. Part of her basic research includes the study of the biochemical adaptations of the Colorado potato beetle to the defence mechanisms of potatoes. This study resulted in scientific publications and an international patent which a company in the US has already begun to use. Together with co-authors, over the past five years Kristina Gruden has presented her broad knowledge in 36 scientific articles published in important scientific journals. She also transfers her knowledge to students in different fields and phases of study at the University of Ljubljana as a lecturer and mentor.
Recipients of the 2010 Miroslav Zei Awards, from left to right: Professor Dr Kazimir Tarman (Honorary Member of the National Institute of Biology), Professor Dr Boris Sket (Miroslav Zei Award for Life Work), Associate Professor Dr Kristina Gruden (Miroslav Zei Award), Professor Dr Gregor Anderluh (Miroslav Zei Award) and Dr Guy Van Den Eede (Honorary Member of the National Institute of Biology) (Photo: Archive NIB)