Dragana ILIC

Early-Stage Researcher

Partner Lab

The Max Planck Society (MPG) dedicated to conduct basic research in the service of the general public maintains 83 research institutes. Two laboratories overseen by MPG participate to UbiCODE, one will host ESR2. MPI-IE is the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics located in Freiburg hosting16 research groups, which are supported by state-of-the-art scientific facilities. For the training of young scientists, an international PhD program is offered. MI-EM is the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen with the focus on neuroscience, ranging from basic molecular analyses of neuronal processes to clinical studies on novel therapies of neurological and psychiatric disorders in patient.




Driven by her curiosity and interest in live organisms, Dragana started her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Belgrade, with a primary focus on Molecular Biology and Physiology. This gave her the opportunity to discover field research in outdoor settings, which she still describes as an “endless adventure”. She spent four years researching Balkan caves, and more particularly the ecology and genetic diversity of their bats. During the final year of her Bachelor’s degree, Dragana achieved a one-year voluntary internship at the Institute for Biological Research Sinisa Stankovic, Department for Biochemistry. She continued working there to complete her master thesis, investigating the role of AMPK (Adenosine Monophosphate- Activated protein Kinase) and SIRT1 (Sirtuin1) in inflammatory signalling. Dragana first discovered the Max Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetic in 2007 through an internship at the Department of Epigenetic. She will pursue her PhD there as part of Andrea Pichler’s team.