Janez Štrancar


Contact

T: +386 1 477 3226

F: +386 1 477 3191

E: janez.strancar@ijs.si

A: Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

R: J109


Expertise

Interests

Molecular biophysics (biomembranes, proteins, supramolecular structures)

Cell-material interaction (biocompatibile scaffolds, nanomaterials, antimicrobial surfaces)

Physical & organic chemistry (environment-sensitive probes, probe binding to inorganic particles)

Design of detection/control electronics (microwave bridges, temperature and modulation controllers, scaffold fabrication device)

Civil engineering (seasonal heat storage, energy efficient building)

IT (evolutionary/genetic optimization, autoadaptive control)

Techniques

Spectroscopies (spin labeling EPR, ATR-FTIR, in vivo oximetry, fluorescence and Raman (micro)spectroscopies)

Scattering methods (SAXS, DLS/PCS and laser diffraction)

Microscopies (SEM, TEM with EDS)

Mechanical studies (rheometry)

Surface modification (plasma)

Modeling (spectral analysis, molecular structures, heat and moisture transfer)

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

2002 - 2003

Postdoctoral training at Institute of Biophysics and X-ray structure research (Graz, Austria)

2000

PhD in biophysics at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

1996

BSc in biophysics at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Employment

2010 -

Researcher at Centre of Excellence NAMASTE

1997 -

Researcher at "Jozef Stefan" Institute

Positions

2007 - 2011

President of Slovenian Biophysical Society

2006 -

Head of Laboratory of Biophysics at "Jozef Stefan" Institute

2004 - 2007

Vicepresident of Slovenian Biophysical Society

Projects

2011 - 2014

MNT-2012/14 n-POSSCOG: Nano-polysaccharide containing scaffolds with controlled porosity and degradability (Group leader)

2011 - 2013

MNT-2011/13 TABANA: Targeting antimicrobial activity via micro-/nano-structured surfaces for civil applications (Head)

2010 - 2011

Bilateral Slovenia-Croatia: Supramolecular organization in polysaccharide networks in marine gels (Head)

2010 - 2011

Bilateral Slovenia-Poland: Multidrug cell resistence and membrane domain structure (Head)

2009 - 2013

Centre of Excellence NAMASTE RRP5: Advanced bioactive, biocompatible and bioinert materials (Head)

2008 - 2010

V4-0522: Antibacterial nano-coatings for safe food processing (Head)

2008 - 2014

P1-0060: Experimental biophysics of complex systems (Head)

2006 - 2008

M1-122: Self-cleaning materials for antimicrobial protection (Head)

2005 - 2010

COST P15: Advanced paramagnetic resonance methods in molecular biophysics (Group leader)

2004 - 2007

J1-581: Biosignal transduction and membrane domain structure (Head)

2005 - 2010

COST D27: Lipid-protein interactions (Member-state representative, Management committee member)

2003 - 2006

Centre of Excellence ME: Comlex materials for new technologies - from soft matter to hard coatings (Group leader)

2003 - 2006

FP5 ALCANDO G5MA-CT-2002-04023: Applications of liquid crystals for advanced nanoscale devices and optics (Group leader)

Teaching

2013

Visiting professor at Politechnico Torino (Italy)

2009 -

Lecturer at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of pharmacy
courses: Molecular biophysics

2008 -

Lecturer at University of Maribor, Faculty of natural sciences and mathematics
courses: Physical Measurements, Advanced experimental techniques in biophysics, Biophysics I

2007

Visiting professor at University of Provence (France)

2002

Visiting professor at University of Wageningen (The Netherlands)

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References

Selected scientific papers

ARSOV, Zoran, ŠVAJGER, Urban, MRAVLJAK, Janez, PAJK, Stane, KOTAR, Anita, URBANČIČ, Iztok, ŠTRANCAR, Janez, ANDERLUH, Marko.
Internalization and accumulation in dendritic cells of a small pH-activatable glycomimetic fluorescent probe as revealed by spectral detection.
ChemBioChem, 2015, vol. 16, no. 18, p. 2660-2667, doi: 10.1002/cbic.201500376 (pdf).

GARVAS, Maja, TESTEN, Anže, UMEK, Polona, GLOTER, Alexandre, KOKLIČ, Tilen, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Protein corona prevents TiO2 phototoxicity.
PLOS ONE, 2015, vol. 10, no. 6, p. e0129577-1-17, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129577 (pdf).

PODLIPEC, Rok, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Cell-scaffold adhesion dynamics measured in first seconds predicts cell growth on days scale – optical tweezers study.
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, vol. 7, no. 12, p. 6782-6791, doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b00235 (pdf).

URBANČIČ, Iztok, LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Resolving internal motional correlations to complete the conformational entropy meter.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, vol. 5, no. 20, p. 3593-3600, doi: 10.1021/jz5020828 (pdf).

PODLIPEC, Rok, GORGIEVA, Selestina, JURAŠIN, Darija, URBANČIČ, Iztok, KOKOL, Vanja, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Molecular mobility of scaffolds` biopolymers influences cell growth.
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, doi: 10.1021/am5037719 (pdf).

LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, URBANČIČ, Iztok, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Recovering position-dependent diffusion from biased molecular dynamics simulations.
J. Chem. Phys., 2014, vol. 140, 084109, doi: 10.1063/1.4866448 (pdf).

URBANČIČ, Iztok, ARSOV, Zoran, LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, BIGLINO, Daniele, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Bleaching-corrected fluorescence microspectroscopy with nanometer peak position resolution.
Opt. express, 2013, vol. 21, no. 21, p. 25291-25306, doi: 10.1364/OE.21.025291 (pdf).

URBANČIČ, Iztok, LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, ARSOV, Zoran, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Coexistence of probe conformations in lipid phases: a polarized fluorescence microspectroscopy study.
Biophys. j., 2013, vol. 105, no. 4, p. 919-927, doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.07.005 (pdf).

MLAKAR, Jana, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Temperature and humidity profiles in passive-house building blocks.
Build. environ., 2013, vol. 60, p. 185-193, doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2012.11.018.

ARSOV, Zoran, URBANČIČ, Iztok, GARVAS, Maja, BIGLINO, Daniele, LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, KOKLIČ, Tilen, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Fluorescence microspectroscopy as a tool to study mechanism of nanoparticles delivery into living cancer cells.
Biomed. opt. express, 2011, vol. 2, no. 8, p. 2083-2095, doi: 10.1364/BOE.2.002083 (pdf).

MLAKAR, Jana, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Overheating in residential passive house: solution strategies revealed and confirmed through data analysis and simulations.
Energy build., 2011, vol. 43, no. 6, p. 1443-1451, doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.02.008.

KAVALENKA, Aleh A., URBANČIČ, Iztok, BELLE, Valérie, SOUGER, Sabrina, CONSTANZO, Stéphanie, KURE, Sandra, FOURNEL, André, LONGHI, Sonia, GUIGLIARELLI, Bruno, ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Conformational analysis of the partially disordered measles virus NTAIL-XD complex by SDSL EPR spectroscopy.
Biophys. j., 2010, vol. 98, no. 6, p. 1055-1064, doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2009.11.036 (pdf).

ŠTRANCAR, Janez, KAVALENKA, Aleh A., URBANČIČ, Iztok, LJUBETIČ, Ajasja, HEMMINGA, Marcus A.
SDSL-ESR-based protein structure characterization.
Eur. biophys. j., 2010, vol. 39, no. 4, p. 499-511, doi: 10.1007/s00249-009-0510-5 (pdf).

KAVALENKA, Aleh A., SPRUIJT, Ruud B., WOLFS, Cor J.A.M., ŠTRANCAR, Janez, CROCE, Roberta, HEMMINGA, Marcus A., VAN AMERONGEN, Herbert.
Site-directed spin-labeling study of the light-harvesting comlex CP29.
Biophys. j., 2009, vol. 96, no. 9, p. 3620-3628, doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2009.01.038.

STOPAR, David, ŠTRANCAR, Janez, SPRUIJT, Ruud B., HEMMINGA, Marcus A.
Motional restrictions of membrane proteins: a site-directed spin labeling study.
Biophys. j., 2006, vol. 91, no. 9, p. 3341-3348, doi: 10.1529/biophysj.106.090308.

ŠTRANCAR, Janez, KOKLIČ, Tilen, ARSOV, Zoran, FILIPIČ, Bogdan, STOPAR, David, HEMMINGA, Marcus A.
Spin label EPR-based characterization of biosystem complexity.
J. chem. inf. mod., 2005, vol. 45, no. 2, p. 394-406.

KAVALENKA, Aleh A., FILIPIČ, Bogdan, HEMMINGA, Marcus A., ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Speeding up a genetic algorithm for EPR-based spin label characterization of biosystem complexity.
J. chem. inf. mod., 2005, vol. 45, no. 6, p. 1628-1635.


Book chapters

ŠTRANCAR, Janez, KOKOL, Vanja.
EPR spectroscopy of biopolymers.
In: THOMAS, Sabu (ed.), DURAND, Dominique (ed.), CHASSENIEUX, Christophe (ed.), JYOTISHKUMAR, P. (ed.). Handbook of biopolymer-based materials : from blends and composites to gels and complex networks. Vol. 2. Weinheim: Wiley, 2013, p. 443-472, doi: 10.1002/9783527652457.ch15.

ŠTRANCAR, Janez, ARSOV, Zoran.
Application of spin-labeling EPR and ATR-FTIR spectroscopies to the study of membrane heterogeneity.
In: OTTOVA-LEITMANNOVA, Angelica (ed.). Advances in planar lipid bilayers and liposomes. Vol. 6. Amsterdam [etc.]: Academic Press, Elsevier Science, cop. 2008, p. 139-163.

ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
EPRSIM-C: a spectral analysis package.
In: BERLINER, Lawrence J. (ed.), HEMMINGA, Marcus A. ESR spectroscopy in membrane biophysics, (Biological magnetic resonance, vol. 27). New York: Springer, cop. 2007, p. 323-338.

ŠTRANCAR, Janez.
Advanced ESR spectroscopy in membrane biophysics.
In: BERLINER, Lawrence J. (ed.), HEMMINGA, Marcus A. ESR spectroscopy in membrane biophysics, (Biological magnetic resonance, vol. 27). New York: Springer, cop. 2007, p. 49-89.


All publications

A complete list is available here

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