June 18, 2013 Scientific Workshop BioQuant & DKFZ with CIPKeBiP


CIPKeBiP & IPS: education of early stage CIPKeBiP researchers on IPS

JOŽEF STEFAN INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL in cooperation with »JOŽEF STEFAN« INSTITUTE, Jamova 39, Ljubljana call for enrolment applications in 2013/2014 for second and third level study programmes of:
1. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
2. Information and Communication Technologies
3. Ecotechnology
Enrolment forms, requirements, application procedure, selection criteria and other information is available on the home page of the school.

CiPKeBIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE on »Superresolution Microscopyt«, 10-12 June 2013, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Programme and Book of Abstracts)


Announcement of CiPKeBIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE on »Immune response and host microbiota in disease development«, 15-16 November 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The conference will cover two important aspects of host factors associated with health and disease, namely the immune response and gut microbiota. Immunity part will address antigen recognition, molecular mechanisms participating in early immune response development and gut immune response. Microbiota part will include the role of microbiota in immunity, in protection from pathogens and in development of some metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes).

Organizing Committee: Prof. Dr. Maja Rupnik, Prof. Dr. Dušan Turk, Dr. Livija Tušar

Invitation to a public demonstration of a new effective cancer treatment

You are kindly invited to attend the public presentation of new effective cancer treatments, on 9 September 2011 in the Large Lecture at the Institute Jozef Stefan at 11.00 hours. Event organized by the Jozef Stefan Institute, in collaboration with three Slovenian centres of excellence CO CIPKEBIP, CO NANOCENTER and CO EN-FIST and the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana. The event was organized in order to present the research work that was published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology (on line on 7 August and printed in September 2011): Georgy Mikhaylov, Ursa Mikac, Anna A. Victory, Volya I. Itin, Evgeniy P. Naiden, Ivan Psakhye, Liane Babes, Thomas Reinheckel, Christoph Peters, Robert Eiser, Matthew Bogyo, Vito Turk, Sergey G. Psakhye, Boris Turk, Olga Vasilyev, Nanosized Ferri-liposomes as a NOVEL MRI-visible drug delivery system for targeting tumours and Their microenvironment. 2011, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol 6, September 2011, pp. 594-602. In the study of new cancer treatments based on an efficient delivery system for drugs that was tested in an animal model, involving Slovenian, Russian, German and American researchers. Kindly invited!

ANNOUNCEMENT OF “CiPKeBiP” ANNUAL CONFERENCE on »Biosynthetic and metabolic engineering in industrial drug and process development«, 15-16 September 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The main theme of the conference will be design and optimization of industrial (bio)processes for production of small bioactive molecules and intermediates of natural or synthetic origin. The conference will bring together industrial and academic scientists from a variety of scientific areas such as classical industrial microbiology, synthetic chemistry and bioinformatics as well as novel approaches of biosynthetic engineering, biotransformation, chemobiosynthesis and synthetic biology (PDF).

June 23, 2011: Black yeasts find home in dishwashers and invade human households (press release- click here)

Prof. Dr. Nina Gunde Cimerman and her co-workers P. Zalar, M. Novak and G.S. de Hoog have published the scientific article titled »Dishwashers – A man-made ecological niche accommodating human opportunistic fungal pathogens» which is with their discoveries stirred world opinion and scared people. Modern ways of life involve a growing number of household equipment, for instance dishwashers, washing machines and coffee machines, that represents moist and hot environments. Increasing evidence now shows that these sites accumulate extremotolerant fungi (including yeasts), some of which are potential agents of human disease. Dishwashers intermittently produce temperatures as high as 60 to 80 °C, and use aggressive detergents and high concentrations of salt. This article focuses on the occurrence of potentially pathogenic fungal flora located in dishwashers in private homes in 101 cities on 5 continents. 62 % of the dishwashers contained fungi behind the rubber band in door, and 56 % of these accommodated the polyextremotolerant black yeasts Exophiala dermatitidis and E. phaeomuriformis.. Both Exophiala species showed remarkable tolerance towards heat, to high salt concentrations, to aggressive detergents as well as to both acid and alkaline water. This is a combination of extreme properties not previously observed in fungi. Exophiala species are rarely isolated from nature, but they are frequently encountered as agents of human disease - both in compromised and in healthy people. They are also known to be involved in pulmonary colonization of patients with cystic fibrosis, and also occasionally cause fatal infections in healthy humans. Thus these black yeasts that have invaded our homes represent a potential health risk. The fact that we have discovered the widespread presence of extremophilic fungi in some of our common household appliances suggests that these organisms have initiated an extraordinary evolutionary process that could develop into a significant risk to human health. The scientific article is available for purchasing at the following internet address:

Presentation of the new MALDI TOF/TOF equipment

On Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 at 12.00 hours, a new top research facilities - mass spectrometer MALDI TOF/TOF will be presented in the main lecture room of Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, Ljubljana On this occasion we will also discuss plans of the Centre of Excellence for integrated approaches in chemistry and biology of the protein (CO CIPKeBiP). You are kindly invited!

Presentation in the National Assembly, project »Znanje žanje«

Prof. Dr. Dusan Turk, Scientific Director, will present CIPKEBIP in the National Assembly on Tuesday 1st March 2011 at 9.00 pm. The title of the presentation is »PROTEINS – building blocks of Life«. The presentation is open for public. You are kindly invited!

Round table on Centers of Excellence

A round table on Centers of Excellence took place within the 16th Slovenian Chemical Days on September 23rd 2010 in Maribor. Center of Excellence for integrated approaches in chemistry and biology of proteins was presented by scientific director prof. dr. Dušan Turk.

Meeting of Slovenian Centers of Excellence

Slovenian Centers of Excellence, which were founded on the basis of the Public call for the development of Centers of Excellence for the period 2009-2013 met on Wednesday, 7th of July 2001 at the premises of the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. The meeting was attended by Gregor Golobič, Minister of Higher education, Science and Technology and Dr. Jana Kolar, Director General of the Directorate for Science. The purpose of the meeting was to present future orientation of the centers, their concrete plans and a debate with the minister. The event was concluded by a press conference. All Centers of Excellence presented their ambitious goals and explained how they plan to continue their work after the period of financing. Besides they emphasized, that top quality equipment, which they want to purchase with public funds, was crucial for their further existence. All participants agreed that the public call for the development of centers of excellence stimulated the cooperation between research community and the economy. The event was also published on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (in Slovenian language).

Visit of Minister Gregor Golobič at Center of excellence for integrated approaches in chemistry and biology of proteins (CIPKeBiP)

Gregor Golobič, Minister of Higher education, Science and Technology visited CIPKeBiP on Monday, 21st June 2010. The event took place at the premises of the the Jožef Stefan Institute. The introduction of the center held by Prof. Dr. Dušan Turk, Scientific Director, was followed by the presentation of the organizational structure (Mateja Urlep, M.Sc., President of Management Council) and the presentation of the operation of the private research institution (Dr. Livija Tušar, General Director). The first part was concluded by Prof. Dr. Turk with the presentation of the research and development projects. The second half was divided in two parts - a debate with the Minister and a press conference. The main conclusion of the meeting with Minister Golobič was, that centers of excellence represent a big opportunity and stimulation for the research community as well as for the economy and they help to increase the competitiveness of Slovenia. The activity of the centers of excellence should be focused on research, innovation, and excellence and on forecasting of future needs for innovation and research. The event was also published on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (in Slovenian language).


14-15 March Startup Conference