Prof. Dubravka Samaržija, PhD

Prof. Dubravka Samaržija, PhD

Full Professor
Division for Animal Sciences
Department of Dairy Science
Office location: 3rd pavilion, 1st floor (tower)
Phone: +385 1 239 3926
Email: samarzija ( at )
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: Thursday from 10 to 13

Academic qualifications

  • 1993 - 1998: Ph.D.
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    "Isolation and determination of strains from mesophilic indigenous cultures collection of lactic acid bacteria"
  • 1981 - 1993: M.Sc.
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    "Use of DIP-SLIDE methods for the rapid determination of total count of bacteria as well count of Pseudomonas spp. in the pasteurised milk"
  • 1976 - 1981: B.Sc.
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    "The importance and role of proteins in the diet of pigs"

Employment and work experience

  • 1981 - : University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture


Research interests

  • Quality of milk
  • Dairy microbiology
  • Microbial fermentations
  • Autochthonous cheeses

Training and research experience

  • 2008/09/14 - 2008/09/19: (scientific)
    European Federation of Biotechnology in collaboration with Section on Biochemical Engineering Science, Supetar, Croatia.
  • 2008/04/04 - 2008/04/04: Croatian Chamber of Economy (mixed)
    Workshop on microbiological criteria for food; AGR 24928, Croatian Chamber of Economy and TAIEX office, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2007/02/26 - 2007/02/27: Croatian Chamber of Economy (expert)
    Croatian Chamber of Economy, European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) EU Food Legislation, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2005/07/11 - 2005/07/14: (expert)
    Bio Pharm Vet & Agro Best , Production of milk with energy and protein supplements, Brestovice, The Czech Republic.
  • 2001/10/01 - 2001/10/21: Wisconsin, SAD, John K.Rounge (expert)
    Professional training and change of scientific experience in the production of milk, laboratory procedures and analytical methods.
  • 2001/04/01 - 2001/04/11: University of Guelph (scientific)
    Cheesmaking technology.
  • 1997/02/01 - 1997/02/22: Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, Giuseppe Marengo (scientific)
    The application of bacteriological methods based on the kinetics of bacterial growth.
  • 1996/01/20 - 1996/02/20: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty (scientific)
    Isolation and determination of Lactoccocus spp.



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Potencijal mikroinkapsulacije u proizvodnji sireva Operativni program konkurentnost i kohezija 2014.-2020. 2019/12/20 - 2022/12/20 coordinator
Funkcionalni mliječni proizvodi od ovčjeg mlijeka MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Tehnološki parametri proizvodnje tradicijskih sireva u funkciji njihove zaštite MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator


Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Unapređenje stručne prakse na preddiplomskim i diplomskim studijima Agronomskog fakulteta Europski socijalni fond 2020/03/09 - 2023/03/09 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Optimizacija temperature toplinske obrade mlijeka za proizvodnju ovčjeg jogurta Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Izrada i primjena matematičkog modela standardizacije mlijeka u proizvodnji tradicionalnih sireva Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2017/12/01 coordinator
Izbor mikrobne kulture za proizvodnju ovčjeg jogurta Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator


  • Zamberlin, Š., Samaržija, D. (2017) The effect of non-standard heat treatment of sheep’s milk on physico-chemical properties, sensory characteristics, and the bacterial viability of classical and probiotic yogurt. Food chemistry, 225, 62-68. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.01.001
  • Pašić, V., Tudor Kalit, M., Salajpal, K., Samaržija, D., Havranek, J., Kalit, S. (2016) The impact of changes in the milk payment system and season on the hygienic quality of milk. Journal of central European agriculture, 17, 3, 629-639. doi:10.5513/JCEA01/17.3.1755
  • Samaržija, D. (2016) Korištenje mlijeka kobile i magarice u proizvodnji fermentiranih mlijeka. Agronomski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu.
  • Samaržija, D. (2015) Fermentirana mlijeka. Hrvatska mljekarska udruga, Zagreb.
  • Pogačić, T., Chuat, V., Madec, M., Samaržija, D., Lortal, S., Valence, F. (2014) Phenotypic traits of genetically closely related Leuconostoc spp. International Dairy Journal, 39, 1, 96-101. doi:10.1016/j.idairyj.2014.05.014

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Other professional activities

  • 2016 - : Croatian Science Foundation
    Member of the panel for evaluation of the research project proposals submitted to the Croatian Science Foundation for the field Biotechnology, Food Technology, Nutrition, Decision I-1319-2016.
  • 2016 - : Ministry of Agriculture RH
    Member of a professional-operational group for the implementation of the national process for the protection of agricultural and food products for the category of cheeses. Decision 525-09 / 1341-16-14.
  • 2010 - 2015: Croatian Milk Association, Zagreb
    President of the Scientific Committee of the Croatian Symposium of Dairy Experts with International Participation.
  • 2005 - : Croatian Milk Association, Zagreb
    Member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Mljekarstvo/Dairy.
  • 1999 - : FIL-IDF International Dairy Federation, Brussels, Belgium
    Member of the Commission for Hygiene and Quality of Milk.
  • 1999 - : Pomurski Sejem, Radgona, Slovenia
    Member of the International Commission for Sensory Assessment of Milk and Dairy Products.
  • 1998 - : National Commission for Sensory Assessment of Indigenous Cheeses and Milk Products of agricultural holdings
    Member of the National Commission for Sensory Assessment of Indigenous Cheeses and Milk Products of agricultural holdings.
  • 1995 - : Croatian Chamber of Economy
    Member of the Technical Commission for Milk and Dairy Products.
  • 1991 - : National Committee for Standards in Production, Hygiene and Quality of Milk and Dairy Products
    Member of the National Committee for Standards in Production, Hygiene and Quality of Milk and Dairy Products.

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