biukovic [at] ntu.edu.sg
After undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, Goran worked in R&D at the pharmaceutical company Pliva Zagreb, where he was involved in drug research on polyketide antibiotics. He continued in this area of research during his Ph.D. at the University of Osnabrück, Germany where he isolated and characterised enzymes involved in the biotransformation of antibiotic fusidic acid by streptomycetes. His first postdoc position was in the structural biology laboratory of Gerhard Grüber in School of Biological Sciences NTU, where he biochemically explored different proteins of the ATP synthase complex from various microorganisms (Archea, Mycobacterium spp., Bacillus spp., yeast). His subsequent post-doc position in Thomas Dick’s group in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at NUS looked at bedaquiline-target interaction and the essentiality of different proteins of the ATP synthase complex in Mycobacteria.
In the Kline lab, Goran will develop new molecular tools to study Enterococcus spp. to understand the mechanisms of E. faecalis antagonism and synergy during mixed species interactions under different physiological and environmental conditions.