Head of BioNano Engineering Group

Associate Professor of Bionanotechnology


Ljiljana completed her studies in chemistry at the University of Zagreb and obtained PhD in SERS and biospectroscopy from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She was then awarded Humboldt Fellowship followed by Marie Curie Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research in enzyme reconstitution and nanomaterial biofunctionalisation in Prof. C. Niemeyer’s group at the University of Dortmund. After being group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for 7 years, she took on the lectureship in bionanotechnology at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Her research interest is the use of bio and nanoelements to design materials for catalysis and tissue engineering. This involves development of new types of light responsive structures, DNA modification and application beyond genetics as well as protein modification and structuring.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

Other Professional Activities​​

  • Member of the Public Engagement Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board 

  • Member of the Executive Committee of Global Challenges Forum

  • Scientific curator, art/science exhibition Exo-Evolution: Future is here, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (Oct 2015 - March 2016)

  • Science Popularisation: Among other Molecules that Changed the World interactive installation (with Bernd Lintermann, ZKM, Karlsruhe) iTunes, Molecular Aesthetics (with Peter Weibel, ZKM, Karlsruhe), Nanotechnology and society (with Paul Youngman, Washington Lee University)