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Integrating research in molecular life sciences at the University of Zagreb


INTEGRA-LIFE will functionally integrate and reinforce the most promising research groups in glycoproteomics, epigenetics, genetic engineering, biochemistry and bioinformatics through collaboration with 13 eminent European partnering organisations. By fostering collaboration between different Faculties and scientists working in different disciplines we will promote multidisciplinary research that can enable significant progress from current state of the art. The procurement of new generation of instruments for the analysis of DNA (next generation sequencer), glycans (mass spectrometer) and macromolecular interactions (thermophoresis), as well as advanced computer cluster for data analysis will enable our participating researchers.
Our main strength is the already demonstrated excellence of our participating researchers in several complementary areas of molecular life sciences (glycoproteomics, epigenetics, genetic engineering, biochemistry and bioinformatics). Significant investments in both equipment and human resources in the past years enabled creation of a considerable research potential which will be further increased. The proposed integration of research efforts of 24 participating principal investigators into four strategic research priorities creates the opportunity to form a respectable critical mass of researchers and infrastructural capacity which would enable the most ambitious interdisciplinary research projects. Specific opportunity for rapid progress exists in the field of glycome analysis where we are currently one of the leading laboratories in the world. Through the proposed integration of researchers working in glycoproteomics, bioinformatics and epigenetics we have the chance to form interdisciplinary team with unique set of competences and become world leaders in the field of complex genetics and epigenetics of protein glycosylation. This would significant increase the visibility of UNI-Zagreb in the ERA and enable us to take leading roles in large international consortia and FP projects.

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Trg Republike Hrvatske 14
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 224 464
Administrative Contact
Miroslav Rajter (Dr.)