Prof. Danijel Karolyi, PhD

Prof. Danijel Karolyi, PhD

Division for Animal Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Office location: 2nd pavilion, 1st floor - right
Phone: +385 1 239 4013
Email: dkarolyi ( at )
Languages: croatian, english

Academic qualifications

  • 2003 - 2007: Dissertation
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Influence of genotype on fatty acid composition of muscle and fatty tissue in pigs
  • 1998 - 2002: Master's Degree
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, The quality of Swedish landras ham in technology of Istrian prosciutto
  • 1990 - 1998: Graduate thesis
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Overview of fish nutrition research in the Republic of Croatia

Employment and work experience

  • 1998 - 2017: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    2018-now: Professor
    2013-2017: Associate Professor
    2008-2013: Assistant Professor
    2007-2008: Senior Assistant
    2003-2007: Assistant
    1998-2003: Junior Assistant


Teaching outside the AGR

  • Animal breeding (2006-2008)
    Polytechnic ”Marko Marulic” in Knin
  • Animal breeding (2009-2015)
    Polytechnic ”Marko Marulic” in Knin

Research interests

  • Quality fQuality of carcass, muscle and fat tissue and meat products
  • Nutritional and organoleptic properties of meat and meat products
  • Local breeds and their production systems
  • Local meat products
  • Stress and animal welfare

Training and research experience

  • 2017/11/20 - 2017/11/22: Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia (scientific)
    COST IPEMA Training School "Harmonisation of methods in entire male and immunocastrate research"
  • 2017/05/02 - 2017/05/05: SSICA - Stazione Sperimentale Industria Conserve Alimentari, Parma, Italy (scientific)
    SSICA – Workshop “Knowledge & technology Transfer on Processing Techniques of Traditional Meat Products”
  • 2017/03/21 - 2017/03/23: Regional Animal Welfare Centre (RAWC), Bled, Slovenia (expert)
    Workshop - Regional approach to the implementation and enforcement of Reg. (EC) 1099/2009
  • 2006/06/29 - 2006/07/04: University of Kaposvar, Kapošvar/Central Food Research Institute (Keki), Budapest, Hungary (scientific)
  • 2006/05/04 - 2006/05/12: Center de Tecnologia de la Carn, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA), Monells, Girona, Spain (scientific)
  • 2005/11/27 - 2005/11/30: European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), Viterbo, Italy (scientific)
  • 2004/05/05 - 2004/05/07: French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), ENITIAA Formation Continue, Nantes,France (scientific)



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Genome and Epigenome eNabled breeding in MOnogastrics Horizon 2020 2021/06/01 - 2026/05/30 partner
Primjena inovativnih metoda u praćenju proteolitičkih, lipolitičkih i oksidativnih procesa tijekom proizvodnje pršuta Croatian science foundation 2018/03/01 - 2022/02/28 partner
Innovative approaches in pork production with entire males COST 2016/10/06 - 2020/10/05 partner
Diversity of local big breeds and production systems for high quality traditional products and sustainable pork chains Horizon 2020 2015/04/01 - 2019/03/31 partner
Povijest poljoprivrede-prilozi za povijest gospodarstva Hrvatske MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator


Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Specifikacija za zaštitu mesa turopoljske svinje Plemenita opčina turopoljska 2017/08/28 - 2019/10/01 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Prostorne informacije u istraživanju domaćih životinja 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
Arheogenetika goveda u Hrvatskoj; ekstrakcija i priprema aDNA do sekvenciranja Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Procjena uzgojnih vrijednosti za svojstva kakvoće mesa Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2014/01/01 - 2014/12/31 coordinator


  • Bovo S., Ribani A., Muñoz M., Alves E., Araujo J. P., Bozzi R., Čandek‑Potokar M., Charneca R., Di Palma F., Etherington G., Fernandez A. I. García F., García‑Casco J., Karolyi D., Gallo M., Margeta V., Martins J. M., Mercat M.J., Moscatelli G., Núñez Y., Quintanilla R., Radović Č., Razmaite V., Riquet J., Savić R., Schiavo G., Usai G., Utzeri V. J., Zimmer C., Ovilo C., Fontanesi L. (2020): Whole-genome sequencing of European autochthonous and commercial pig breeds allows the detection of signatures of selection for adaptation of genetic resources to different breeding and production systems. Genetics selection evolution, 52, 33: 19

    Vitale M., Kallas Z., Rivera-Toapanta E., Karolyi D., Cerjak M., Lebret B., Lenoir H., Pugliese C., Aquilani C., Čandek-Potokar M., Gil M., Oliver M. À. (2020): Consumers' expectations and liking of traditional and innovative pork products from European autochthonous pig breeds. Meat science, 168: 108179

    Tomažin U., Škrlep M., Prevolnik Povše M., Batorek
    Lukač N., Karolyi D., Červek M., Čandek-Potokar M. (2020): The effect of salting time and sex on chemical and textural properties of dry cured ham. Meat science, 161: 107990

    Muñoz M., Bozzi R., García-Casco J., Núñez Y., Ribani A., Franci O., García F., Škrlep M., Schiavo G., Bovo S., Utzeri V.J., Charneca R., Martins J.M., Quintanilla R., Tiba J., Margeta V., Djurkin Kušec I., Mercat M.J., Riquet J., Estellé J., Zimmer C., Razmaite, V. Araujo, J.P., Radović Č., Savić R., Karolyi D., Gallo M., Čandek-Potokar M., Fernández A.I., Fontanesi L., Óvilo C. (2019). Genomic diversity, linkage disequilibrium and selection signatures in European local pig breeds assessed with a high density SNP chip. Scientific Reports, 9, 13546.

    Kallas Z., Varela E., Čandek-Potokar M., Pugliese C., Cerjak M., Tomažin U., Karolyi D., Aquilani C., Vitale M., Gil J.M. (2019). Can Innovations in Traditional Pork Products Help thriving EU Untapped Pig Breeds? A Non-Hypothetical Discrete Choice Experiment with hedonic evaluation. Meat science, 154, 75-85.

    Muñoz M., Bozzi R., García F., Núñez Y., Geraci C., Crovetti A., García-Casco, J.M., Alves E., Škrlep M., Charneca R., Martins J.M., Quintanilla R., Tibau J., Kušec G., Djurkin Kušec I., Mercat M.J., Riquet J., Estellé J., Zimmer C., Razmaite V., Araujo J.P., Radović Č., Savić R., Karolyi D., Gallo M., Čandek-Potokar M., Fontanesi L., Fernández A.I., Óvilo C. (2018). Diversity across major and candidate genes in European local pig breeds. PLoS One, 13(11): e0207475.

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Other professional activities

  • 2017 - 2018: Croatian Agricultural Agency
    Member of the Commission for training of classifiers for the evaluation of beef, pig and sheep carcasses at slaughter line
  • 2016 - 2020: Journal - Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus (ACS)
    Animal Science Section Editor
  • 2012 - 2021: Journal - Stočarstvo (Stockbreeding)
    Member of the editorial committee
  • 2012 - 2021: European Association for Animal Production (EAAP)
  • 2012 - 2020: Slovenian Research Agency (SRA)
    External evaluator
  • 2011 - 2012: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    Project reviewer
  • 2008 - 2010: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    Member of the Commission for Drafting the Act on PDO, PGI and TSG labels of Agricultural and Food Products
  • 2008 - 2021: Journal - Meso
    Member of the Editorial board
  • 2003 - 2021: Association of Drniš ham producers
    Professional adviser; author of the Product Specification for PGI "Drniški pršut" on national and EU level
  • 2002 - 2021: Association of Slavonina kulen/kulin producers
    Professional adviser; author of the Product Specification for PGI "Slavonski kulen / Slavonski kulin" on national and EU level

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