Prof. Sanja Sikora, PhD

Prof. Sanja Sikora, PhD

Full Professor
Division for Agroecology
Department of Microbiology
Office location: 3rd Pavilion, 1st Floor
Phone: +385 1 239 3880
Email: ssikora ( at )
Languages: Croatian , English
Consultations: Monday from 12 -14 p.m.

Academic qualifications

  • 1992 - 1996: PhD
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Symbiotic Efficiency of Indigenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum Population Isolated from Some Soils in Western Slavonia
  • 1986 - 1992: MSc
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad
    Microbial Characteristics of Some Anthropogenic Soils in Western Slavonia
  • 1978 - 1983: BSc
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Fire Blight - Erwinia amylovora (Burrill) Winslow

Employment and work experience

  • 1986 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    2016- full professor- permanent position
    2009-2016: full professor
    2003- 2009: associated professor
    1998-2003: assistant professor
    1997-1998: higher assistant
    1992-1997 assistant
    1990-1992: scientific assistant
    1989-1990: research associate
    1986-1989: scientific novice


Research interests

  • biological nitrogen fixation
  • soil microbiology
  • microbial ecology
  • biodiversity of indigenous microbial populations
  • characterization and selection of indigenous rhizobial strains

Training and research experience

  • 2006/03/08 - 2006/03/29: Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, National Soybean Research Center – Embrapa Soybean, Laboratory of Soil Biotechnology, Londrina, Parana, Brasi (scientific)
    dr. Mariangela Hungria,Identification of Indigenous Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains using different PCR methods, Quality control of rhizobial inoculants; Symbiotic efficiency of different B. japonicum strains,
  • 1998/10/01 - 1998/10/31: National Collection of Agricultural and Industrial Microorganisms, Budapest, Hungary (scientific)
    dr. Judit Tornai-Lehoczki, Identification and characterization of yeasts by traditional and molecular methods
  • 1993/05/05 - 1993/05/28: Elchrom Scientific AG, Horgen, Switzerland (scientific)
    dr. Branko Kozulić, Application of molecular methods for the identification of rhizobial strains



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Legumes in biodiversity-based farming systems in Mediterranean basin PRIMA program 2020/11/01 - 2023/10/31 partner
Hranidbeni potencijal krmnih kultura za prehranu divljači MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Korisne mikrobne zajednice u održivom uzgoju leguminoza MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator


Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Mikrobna biotehnologija u funkciji povećanja konkurentnosti proizvodnje graha VIP - Vijeće za istraživanja u poljoprivredi 2012/11/13 - 2014/11/13 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Mikroinkapsulacija korisnih bakterija u poljoprivredi Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Primjena korisnih mikrobnih populacija u integriranoj poljoprivredi Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Povećanje vijabilnosti korisnih bakterija s potencijalom primjene u različitim agroekosustavima Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Fenotipska i genotipska karakterizacija bakterijskih kultura izoliranih iz različitih agroekosustava Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2014/01/01 - 2014/12/31 coordinator
Fenotipska i molekularna karakterizacija prirodnih populacija rizobija koje noduliraju lucernu (Medicago sativa L.) Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2013/10/01 - 2014/06/30 coordinator


Other professional activities

  • 2004 - 2008: Croatian Standards Institute
  • 2004 - 2008: Croatian Food Agency
  • 2003 - 2006: National Coordination Board for Project Implementation "Development of National Biosafety Framework"

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