Irena Trbojević Akmačić

Dr. Irena Trbojević Akmačić (Deputy Head of Glycoscience Laboratory)

Dr. Irena Trbojević Akmačić is a biochemist and analytical chemist working as a Researcher and Deputy Head of Glycoscience research laboratory. During her graduate study in chemistry at Faculty of science, University of Zagreb she was working as a volunteer at Ruđer Bošković institute, Laboratory for molecular genetics, on expression, purification and biochemical characterization of recombinant proteins. After obtaining Master’s degree in chemistry working on a cloning and isolation of elongation factor Tu from E. coli and exploring of its interactions with aminoacylated tRNALeu, she spent four months at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, developing a new method for glycans labeling. She obtained her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 2015 (Analysis of IgG glycosylation in inflammatory bowel disease). Irena is currently working on optimization of high-throughput plasma glycoproteins purification procedures and development of methods for high-throughput N-glycans analysis as part of FP7 HighGlycan project. She received the medal for excellence of Faculty of science and participated in various scientific trainings. She is also the Head of laboratory safety responsible for organization of education and medical exams and maintaining safety and training records.