Jasmina Markulic is a motivated, passionate and enthusiastic young scientist who is in the second year of her doctoral studies through the University of Melbourne at St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and Bio21 Institute.
Jasmina completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry, before relocating to Melbourne in 2015 to pursue her postgraduate studies. Jasmina earned a first class Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne. On the basis of that work, Jasmina was awarded PhD scholarships from Rotary Health Australia and St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. Jasmina’s current research is centered around understanding the molecular mechanisms of microglial activation in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. This research involves advanced optical techniques including X-ray crystallography and fluorescence microscopy, as well as complementary biophysical approaches.
Within the local scientific research community, Jasmina is active in leadership roles, where she served as president of the St. Vincent’s Campus Student Society in 2017, administrator for BioMed Link Conference in 2016, treasurer for EMBL Australia PhD Symposium in 2017, and is currently serving as Convener for the EMBL Australia PhD Symposium. Jasmina also has a strong interest in science communication and regularly speaks at fundraising initiatives and leads tours of St. Vincent’s Institute for philanthropic and government groups.