Group Members and Collaborations

After retirement as Professor Emeritus in October 2015, I am working part-time as the scientific adviser at the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences and still collaborating with some colleagues, students and alumni from the Faculty of Science,  University of Split.

These are student Petar Kablar, alumni MSc Luka Gujinović, doctoral students Tomislav Rončević (at the Faculty of Science Physics Department), Mara Kozić and Mario Novković (alumni), postdoctoral assistants Dr. Nada Ilić and Dr. Juraj Simunić (now at the Rudjer Bošković Institute in Zagreb), Assistant Professor Larisa Zoranić, Associate Professor Željana Bonačić-Lošić, Full Professor Damir Vukičević, and Full Professor Paško Županović.

Collaborations with the Medical School, University of Split include Professor Marija Tonkić and Assistant Professor Ivana Goić-Barišić, while other collaborations in Croatia include Dr. Goran Gajski from the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb.

International collaborations include Professor Alessandro Tossi, Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy; Dr. Andrej Dobovišek from the University of Maribor, Slovenia; Prof. Frances Separovic, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Our recent published papers are:

  • M.-A. Sani, C. Saenger, D. Juretić and F. Separovic: „Glycine Substitution Reduces Antimicrobial Activity and Helical Stretch of diPGLa-H in Lipid Micelles“ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 121 (18), 4817–4822 (2017), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b03067
  • Tomislav Rončević, Goran Gajski, Nada Ilić, Ivana Goić-Barišić, Marija Tonkić, Larisa Zoranić, Juraj Simunić, Monica Benincasa, Marijana Mijaković , Alessandro Tossi, Davor Juretić: “PGLa-H tandem-repeat peptides active against multidrug resistant clinical bacterial isolates”. BBA-Biomembranes 1859, 228-237 (2017).
  • Davor Juretić, Damir Vukičević, Alessandro Tossi: “Tools for designing amphipathic helical antimicrobial peptides”. Methods in Moleculer Biology book series, published as one chapter of the book: Antimicrobial Peptides: Methods and Protocols 2017.
  • Željana Bonačić Lošić, Tomislav Donđivić, Davor Juretić: “Is the catalytic activity of triosephosphate isomerase fully optimized? An investigation based on maximization of entropy production.” J. Biol. Phys. DOI 10.1007/s10867-016-9434-3
  • Mara Kozić, Damir Vukičević, Juraj Simunić, Tomislav Rončević, Nikolinka Antcheva, Alessandro Tossi, Davor Juretić, „Predicting the Minimal Inhibitory Concentration for Antimicrobial Peptides with Rana-box Domain."Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 55, 2275-2287 (2015).   DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.5b00161. Epub 2015 Sep 18. [PDF]
  • Juraj Simunić, Dražen Petrov, Tahar Bouceba, Nedia Kamech, Monica Benincasa, Davor Juretić: “Trichoplaxin — A new membrane-active antimicrobial peptide from placozoan cDNA”. BBA-Biomembranes 1838, 1430-1438 (2014). [PDF]
  • Andrej Dobovišek, Paško Županović, Milan Brumen, Davor Juretić: "Maximum entropy production and maximum Shannon entropy as the germane principles for the evolution of enzyme kinetics". Published as a book chapter in Beyond the Second Law: Entropy Production and Non-Equilibrium Systems (R.C. Dewar, C. Lineweaver, R. Niven, K. Regenauer-Lieb, eds.), str. 361-382, Springer (2014).
  • Nada Ilić, Mario Novković, Filomena Guida, Daniela Xhindoli, Monica Benincasa, Alessandro Tossi, Davor Juretić: "Selective antimicrobial activity and mode of action of adepantins, glycine-rich peptide antibiotics based on anuran antimicrobial peptide sequences". BBA-Biomembranes 1828, 1004-1012 (2013). Available online from 26. November 2012. (
  • Nédia Kamech, Damir Vukičević, Ali Ladram, Christophe Piesse, Julie Vasseur, Viktor Bojović, Juraj Simunić, Davor Juretić: "Improving the selectivity of antimicrobial peptides from anuran skin". Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling,  52 (12), 3341–3351 (2012)  Available online from 24. October 2012. (
  • Mario Novković, Juraj Simunić, Viktor Bojović, Alessandro Tossi, Davor Juretić: "DADP: the Database of Anuran Defense Peptides". Bioinformatics J. 28, 1406-1407 (2012).
  • Valentina Tessera, Filomena Guida, Davor Juretić, Alessandro Tossi: “Identification of antimicrobial peptides from teleosts and anurans in expressed sequence tag databases using conserved signal sequences"FEBS Journal 279, 724–736 (2012). [PDF]
  • Domagoj Kuić, Paško Županović, Davor Juretić:"Macroscopic time evolution and MaxEnt inference for closed systems with Hamiltonian dynamics"Foundations of Physics 42, 319-339 (2012).
  • Davor Juretić, Damir Vukičević, Dražen Petrov, Mario Novković, Viktor Bojović, Bono Lučić, Nada Ilić, Alessandro Tossi: “Knowledge-based computational methods for identifying or designing novel, non-homologous antimicrobial peptides". Eur. Biophys. J. 40, 371-385 (2011).
  • Andrej Dobovišek, Paško Županović, Milan Brumen, Željana Bonačić-Lošić, Domagoj Kuić,  Davor Juretić: “Enzyme kinetics and the maximum entropy production principle" Biophysical Chemistry 154, 49-55 (2011).
  • Paško Županović, Milan Brumen, Marko Jagodič, Davor Juretić: “Bacterial chemotaxis and entropy production” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365, 1397-1403 (2010).
  • Paško Županović, Srećko Botrić, Davor Juretić, Domagoj Kuić:"Relaxation Processes and the Maximum Entropy Production Principles” Entropy 12, 473-479 (2010).
  • Paško Županović, Domagoj Kuić, Davor Juretić, Andrej Dobovišek: "On the Problem of Formulating Principles in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics” Entropy 12, 926-931 (2010).
  • Paško Županović, Domagoj Kuić, Željana Bonačić-Lošić, Dražen Petrov, Davor Juretić, Milan Brumen: “The Maximum Entropy Production Principle and Linear Irreversible Processes” Entropy 12, 996-1005 (2010).
  • D. Juretić, Damir Vukičević, Nada Ilić, Nikolinka Antcheva, Alessandro Tossi: "Computational Design of Highly Selective Antimicrobial Peptides” J. Chem. Inf. Model. 49, 2873-2882 (2009).