President and CEO
Goran earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University (environmental and molecular toxicology), and M.S. at San Diego State University (Public Health). As a developmental and molecular environmental toxicologist and population genomicist, Goran is interested in gene-environment interaction: how individuals and natural populations respond, cope, and adapt to stress. This work is highly interdisciplinary, and involves the use of both natural populations such as killifish, local invertebrate species, and model organisms such as fruit flies and mice. Research projects are based on field sampling, chemical abiotic and biotic analyses, in vivo and in vitro biological analyses (morphology, histopathology, cardiac physiology, gene expression - microarrays and RNASeq), and statistical analyses of large gene expression data sets.
Goran's research expertise is in developmental and evolutionary biology, toxicology, and genomics. He has over 20 years of teaching genetics-related technical laboratory courses at the university level. Goran currently serves as a full-time lecturer at the University of California San Diego Division of Biology and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. Several main themes drive his current research efforts:
Individual and natural population genomic responses and adaptive mechanisms to environmental stress during embryogenesis;
Mechanisms and evolutionary implications of cell differentiation and post-apoptotic fate of RNA in keratinized tissues;
Stress-induced, gender-specific metabolic gene expression in the brain;
Temporal and Spatial gene activity in asexual and sexual yeast during stress;
Hierarchical gene clustering signatures and biomarkers of metabolism and aging.
Goran's career goal is to work with a talented team of dedicated scientists and fellow collaborators in cultivating a modern and dynamic science learning center where future leaders ask important questions, collaborate on exciting projects, and innovate life science education.