Jelena Lovric


Jelena NCIMS

Analytical Chemistry
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chalmers University of Technology
Kemivägen 10
SE-412 96 Gothenburg

P: + 46 (0)31 772 38 56
M: + 46 (0) 723 634 723
E: lovric @

Master of Science in Chemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences,
University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Visiting master student, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Karl-Franzens University, Graz,
Austria, 2011

2011- present
PhD student in Ewing group, Analytical chemistry

My research is focused on neurotransmission, specifically on monitoring the changes in the fraction of neurotransmitter released from cells during exocytosis, a process of vesicular delivering of chemical messengers into cell environment. The techniques employed to image transmitters in vesicles are transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). This is extremely challenging task as vesicles are nanometer dimension. Therefore, imaging inside vesicles is being performed with a Cameca NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobe using Cs+ on mapping individual vesicles in two cell models, PC12 cells rich in dopamine and chromaffin cells with noradrenaline and adrenaline inside. Revealing transmitter storage mechanism in sub-vesicular domains is important in order to study neurotransmission and malfunction thereof in disease.


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