Professors hosting
Junior Fellows

Economics and Business

Sara Dolničar

Professor of Tourism, Business School, The University of Queensland

Sara Dolničar is a Professor in the Tourism Department at UQ Business School (The University of Queensland). Since her PhD, Professor Dolničar has worked to improve market segmentation methodology and refine empirical measures used in social science research. She has applied her work primarily to tourism, but has also contributed to the areas of environmental volunteering, foster care and public acceptance of water alternatives. Her current research program focuses on developing and experimentally testing measures that trigger pro-environmental behavior in tourists. In recognition of her achievements, Professor Dolničar was elected a Fellow of the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST), and the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). In 2019, she has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship to leave a creative and human legacy relating to her work into low harm hedonism. Professor Dolničar currently serves the Co-Editor in Chief of one of the three leading tourism journals globally: Annals of Tourism Research. She was awarded the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Distinguished Researcher Award in 2017, and named the Slovenian Ambassador of Science in 2016, the highest honor the Republic of Slovenia bestows on expatriate Slovenian researchers in recognition of global excellence, impact, and knowledge transfer.

Andres Drenik

Assistant Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Andres Drenik is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia University, he received a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2016. His research is concentrated in labor economics and macroeconomics. He is currently working on projects about information asymmetries in markets with search frictions, contracting and pricing in foreign currency in emerging economies, the effects of inflation uncertainty on firms’ optimal price setting decisions, as well as the labor market dynamics after large devaluations.

Nuša Fain

Assistant Professor, Smith School of Business, Queen's University, Canada

Nuša Fain is an Assistant Professor at Smith School of Business, specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation management. She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on process management within innovative organizations at University of Ljubljana (2010). Prior to joining Smith School of Business, Dr. Fain was a lecturer at Strathclyde Business School (UK), where she taught Managing Innovation, Strategic Global Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications. She has extensive consulting experience within the field of product development and innovation management with a wide diversity of firms (including oil and gas, manufacturing and retail). Her research interests are two-fold. She is exploring implementation of open innovation practices into mature organizations and looking into pedagogies that support the development of entrepreneurial mindsets in design students. At Smith School of Business, Dr. Fain teaches entrepreneurship and new venture creation courses on the Commerce program and supports the delivery of content for the individual projects on the Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.

Matevž Raškovič

Senior Lecturer in International Business, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Matevz moved to New Zealand in February 2018. Born in Slovenia, Matevz worked as Assistant Professor of international business at the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business in Slovenia prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington. Since February 2019, he is the Director of the Postgraduate Programme in International Business at Victoria University of Wellington. Matevz received his PhD and MSc from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2012 and 2007. He is the recipient of the 2013 University of Ljubljana President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement of Young Faculty. Matevz was a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, FAS Sociology in 2017 and a visiting doctoral student at Harvard, FAS Sociology in 2010-2011. Matevz is also a guest professor at Zhejiang School of Management in China at the Program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership (PIEGL). He is also a habilitated Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia. He is the recipient of a 2019 Victoria Business School Learning & Teaching Innovation grant. Through the Māmani Whakaaro project supported by the grant, he works with Maori and Pasifika students in expanding their global mindset. He is the co-author of the book “Understanding a Changing China: Key Issues for Business” with Howard Davies (Routledge, 2018).

Tina Saksida

Associate Professor of Management, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Tina Saksida is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Ph.D. (Industrial Relations and Human Resources) from the University of Toronto. Her research interests revolve around gender, racial, and age diversity at work and in business education, digitalization of work, and management in the non-profit sector, including unions; her work has appeared in such outlets as the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. She teaches primarily in the areas of organizational behaviour, research methods, evidence-based management, and negotiation. Dr. Saksida maintains close personal and professional ties in her native country of Slovenia, where she has experience working as a project manager, research collaborator, and consultant.

Sergeja Slapničar

Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Queensland

Sergeja Slapnicar is Associate Professor of Accounting within the University of Queensland Business School. Her predominantly experimental research focuses on the impact of management control, accountability and incentivising on managerial behaviour and decision-making (motivation, risk-taking, cognition). She has published in accounting, finance and psychology outlets. She held directorships and advisory roles in several public interest entities, served as a member of the Board of the Slovenian Agency for Public Oversight of Auditing and as a Chairwoman of the Slovenian statutory dispute resolution body. 


Veronika Fikfak

Associate Professor of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr Veronika Fikfak is an associate professor in law at the University of Copenhagen. Until 2019, she was a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. She is a graduate of the University of Ljubljana Law School and holds two masters and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. She previously worked at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, at the Law Commission of England and Wales in London, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and for UNESCO in Paris.

​ Her research interests are in the fields of public law, human rights and international law. Veronika is currently in charge of the European Research Council funded project "Human Rights Nudge". The project builds on her previous empirical research, which looked at how the European Court of Human Rights awards remedies for human rights violations. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, the team found surprising results, which have been featured in the European Journal of International Law and its EJIL Live! podcast, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and elsewhere. Her new project seeks to address the problems uncovered and brings together researchers from different areas, including social sciences, economics, and psychology. For more on the project please visit

John Plecnik

Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

John serves as an Associate Professor of Law with Tenure at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Prior to his current post, John served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. John earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in Accounting from Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated co-valedictorian. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. While at Duke, he was one of six inaugural executive board members to co-found the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy. John earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. While at NYU, he served as Executive Editor of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change and was the first part-time student to be selected as a member of that review. In addition, John was awarded the Certificate in Business Excellence by Columbia University Graduate School of Business for completing a number of Executive Education programs.

Verica Trstenjak

Professor of European law, Sigmund Freud University, University of Vienna (LLM Program) & University of Ljubljana

Prof. dr. Verica Trstenjak is former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and a professor of European Union law. From 2004 to 2006 she was a judge at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg and from 2006 to 2012 an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (the highest legal position in EU) and she was advocate general also in cases concerning fundamental (human) rights (e.g. asylum, fundamental social rights, judicial rights, right to property), fundamental (economic) freedoms (e.g. free movement of goods, services, companies, capital in the EU), consumer protection cases, intellectual property cases, state aid, public procurement, etc. She is Professor of European law in Austria and Slovenia (at University in Ljubljana (part time) and at different LLM and other university programs in Austria (University of Vienna, Sigmund Freud University in Vienna) and teaches European law at the summer schools (University of Vienna (Strobl), University of Salzburg, University of Innsbruck – university course in Alpbach). She has written expert opinions for law firms and arbitration in many cases concerning European law and legal protection in the EU. She has published several books and more than 300 articles (also with SSCI) and has been a lecturer at different universities and at different international and European conferences. In 2020 she got an Austrian state decoration from Austria President Van der Bellen: Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

Urška Velikonja

Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Professor Velikonja teaches at Georgetown University and previously taught at Emory University. She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review and many other journals. Prof. Velikonja’s work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times and other media. Prof. Velikonja graduated first in her class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law in 2002 & received her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2003. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to entering academia, Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit & worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia.


Maruša Bradač

Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis

Maruša Bradač is a Physics professor at University of California, Davis. Before she started to work here, she was a Hubble Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara, was spending her time as a Postdoctoral Research associate at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) in Stanford, California. She did her PhD and graduate research at University of Bonn, Germany. She spent her undergraduate years partly in Bonn and partly in her home country Slovenia.

Kristjan Haule

Professor of Physics, Rutgers University

Kristjan Haule is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, working in theoretical condensed matter physics. He obtained his undergraduate education in Slovenia (University of Ljubljana, BSC 1997) and he has done his PhD work in Slovenia and in Karlsruhe University (2002). He was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Rutgers in 2005, and was promoted to Associate Professor (2009), University Professor (2012) and Distinguished Professor (2018). He was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2008-2010, received NSF Early Career Award in 2008, and The Rutgers Board of Trustees award for Scholarly Excellence in 2009. He received prestigious Blavatnik Award in 2013 for theoretical and computational studies of strongly correlated electron systems, and became fellow of the American Physical Society in 2019.

Robert Jeraj

Professor of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin

Robert Jeraj is a Professor of Medical Physics, Human Oncology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he leads the Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Prof. Jeraj received both his undergraduate education and Ph.D in Physics at the University of Ljubljana. His main research interest is in understanding tumor heterogeneity, and the related origins and development of treatment resistance using extensive molecular imaging endpoints.

Andrej Prša

Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Villanova University

Andrej Prša is a Professor of Astrophysics at Villanova University. In 2005 Andrej earned his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. For his dissertation, Andrej built the widely used binary modeling code PHOEBE (PHysics Of Eclipsing BinariEs). Today, his field of expertise remains binary star physics, but has expanded to include multiple stellar systems, extra-solar planets, asteroseismology and astrostatistics. Most of Andrej's work is based on modeling large astronomical data-sets and applying large-scale non-linear regression models using backpropagating neural networks, stochastic embedding algorithms and Markov Chain Monte Carlo samplers. He has published a textbook on eclipsing binary stars and authored over 200 papers, 40 of which are first-author papers. Andrej is currently leading a research group that consists of 4 postdocs, 3 graduate students and 5 undergraduate students. The group is funded through his external grants, most notably from NSF and NASA, and he has an uninterrupted grant track record since 2007. In 2018 Andrej was the recipient of the prestigious Veritas Award for outstanding research. He actively collaborates on the large-scale international surveys Kepler/K2, TESS, LSST, SDSS/APOGEE and Gaia.

Uroš Seljak

Professor of Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley

Uroš Seljak joined Berkeley as a faculty in physics and in astronomy departments in 2008, jointly appointed as a senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in 1989 and M.S. in 1991 from Ljubljana University, Slovenia and his PhD in 1995 from MIT. He was a Smithsonian Fellow at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 1995 to 1998. Subsequently he served as a faculty at Princeton University, ICTP Trieste and Zurich University before moving to Berkeley. He is the recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2000), the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2001), the Helen B. Warner award of American Astronomical Society (2001), the NSF CAREER award (2002), Fellow of American Physical Society (2016) and a member of National Academy of Sciences (2019). He is a co-director of Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics and a member of Berkeley Institutes for Data Science and Foundations of Data Analysis. His research focuses on applying theory and data analysis methods to fields of astronomy, cosmology, physics, and beyond. 

Jure Zupan

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Cincinnati

Jure Zupan is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, working in theoretical high energy physics. He completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Prof. Zupan was a postdoctoral fellow at Technion, Haifa, Israel (2002-2004), Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh,PA (2004-2006), CERN, Geneva, Switzerland (2007-2009). He is also editor in chief of popular science web portal & magazine Kvarkadabra (in Slovenian language), coauthor of four popular science books, and participant in a collective blog.


Hana Beloglavec

Assistant Professor of Trombone, Louisiana State University

Trombonist and pedagogue Hana Beloglavec has a dynamic career performing as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teaching at Louisiana State University. As a core member with Seraph Brass, Beloglavec has performed and taught across the United States and the world. Seraph is a chamber group in residence at the Artosphere Music Festival. Also deeply interested in orchestral music, Beloglavec currently performs as a substitute trombonist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Hana Beloglavec received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Professors Michael Mulcahy, Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, and Christopher Davis. She completed her Master of Music degree at Yale University and her Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University, where she studied with Professor Scott Hartman and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, respectively. Applicants for ASEF Junior Fellow Program need to include recordings of two-three pieces (movements and/or etudes) in contrasting styles with their application.


Gašper Beguš

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley

Gašper Beguš is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Gašper obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Ljubljana and his MA and Ph.D. at Harvard University. At Harvard, he served as a Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator, and was awarded the Certificate of Teaching Excellence award, Mind Brain Behavior Graduate Student award, Harvard Merit/Term-Time award, and was nominated for the Star Family Prize in Excellence in Advising. The focal question of his research is how humans acquire speech and how we can computationally simulate this acquisition. He combines experimental, statistical, and computational models to address this question. He is currently exploring how the well-understood dependencies in speech data can help us understand what and how neural networks learn and how they encode learning representations. His work appeared in the Journal of Linguistics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the American Oriental Society.

Timothy J. O'Donnell

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, McGill University

Timothy J. O'Donnell is an assistant professor, and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University and a CIFAR Canada AI Chair at Mila, the Quebec AI Institute. Previously he was a research scientist at MIT in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He completed his PhD at the Harvard Department of Psychology. His research focuses on developing mathematical and computational models of how people learn to represent, process, and generalize language and music. His work draws on techniques from computational linguistics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, integrating concepts from theoretical linguistics and methods from experimental psychology and looking at problems from all these domains. His research interests include computational models of language learning and processing, lexical semantics, lexicon acquisition, grammar induction, probabilistic models of phonology and morphology, language processing, parsing, mathematical linguistics, formal language theory, probabilistic programming, universal inference algorithms.

Computer Science

Jernej Barbič

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Jernej Barbic is an associate professor of computer science at USC, working in the field of computer graphics and animation. In 2011, MIT Technology Review named him of the Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35 in the world (TR35). Jernej is the author of Vega FEM, an free C/C++ software physics library for deformable object simulation. He received his Ph.D. from CMU, and did postdoctoral research at MIT CSAIL. His research interests include computer graphics, animation, fast physics, special effects for film, medical simulation, FEM deformable objects, haptics, sound simulation, and model reduction and control of nonlinear systems. Jernej is a NSF CAREER Award winner, a Sloan Research Fellow, and holds a Viterbi Early Career Chair position at USC.

Sanja Fidler

Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Sanja Fidler is an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. Prior coming to Toronto, in 2012, she was a Research Assistant Professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, an academic institute located in the campus of University of Chicago. Prof. Fidler completed her postdoc with Prof. Sven Dickinson at University of Toronto in 2012. She finished her PhD in 2010 at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in the group of Prof. Ales Leonardis. In 2010, Sanja was visiting Prof. Trevor Darrell's group at UC Berkeley and ICSI. She received her BSc degree in Applied Math at University of Ljubljana.

Mateja Jamnik

Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Mateja Jamnik is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science and Technology of the University of Cambridge, UK. She is developing AI techniques for human-like computing - she computationally models how people solve problems to enable machines to reason in a similar way to humans. She is essentially trying to humanise computer thinking. She applies this AI technology to medical data to advance personalised cancer medicine, and to education to personalise tutoring systems. Mateja is passionate about bringing science closer to the public and engages frequently with the media and public science events. Her active support of women scientists was recognised by the Royal Society which awarded her the Athena Prize. Mateja has been advising the UK government on policy direction in relation to the impact of AI on society.

Jure Leskovec

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Jure Leskovec is an associate professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he is a member of the InfoLab and the AI lab. Prof. Leskovec joined the department in September 2009. He is also working as Chief Scientist at Pinterest, where he focuses on machine learning problems. He co-founded a machine learning startup Kosei, which was acquired by Pinterest. In 2008/09, Prof. Leskovec was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University working with Jon Kleinberg and Dan Huttenlocher. He completed his Ph.D. in Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Christos Faloutsos in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree in computer science at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004. Prof. Leskovec also worked with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dawn Song

Professor of Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley

Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Li Ka Shing Foundation Women in Science Distinguished Lecture Series Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences in Computer Security and Deep Learning. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007.

Marinka Zitnik

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard University

Marinka Zitnik is an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, Associate Member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Faculty at the Harvard Data Science Initiative. She is a computer scientist studying applied machine learning with a focus on challenges brought forward by data in science, medicine, and health. Her methods have opened up new avenues for understanding nature, analyzing health, and developing drugs and are used by major institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stanford Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before Harvard, Dr. Zitnik was a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science at Stanford. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana while also researching at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford. She was named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT and a Next Generation in Biomedicine by The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, being the only young scientist who received such recognition in both EECS and science.

Political and Social Studies

Ana Bračič

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Prof. Bračič joined the Political Science department at Michigan State University in Fall 2019. Her research is predominantly in the field of comparative politics, and focuses on questions of human rights, discrimination, the persistence of social exclusion, and ground-level effectiveness of human rights institutions, such as NGOs. Most of her research relies on lab-in-field & survey experiments. In order to gather data from severely underrepresented populations, such as the Roma in Central Europe, Prof. Bračič uses innovative approaches to measurement, like videogames. Prof. Bračič is a co-founder of Community Engagement + Experiments Lab at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Minority Politics Initiative at Michigan State. Prof. Bračič earned her PhD from the Politics Department at NYU in 2013.

Teja Pristavec

Research Assistant Professor of Statistical Sciences, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia

Teja Pristavec is a sociologist and a Research Assistant Professor of statistical sciences at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative, Social and Decision Analytics Division. She obtained her BA in cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana, received MA and PhD degrees in sociology from Rutgers University, and completed postdoctoral training in applied statistics at Virginia Tech and University of Virginia. Her research interests include spatial analysis, administrative data, quantitative methods, health, and inequality. Her work has been published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Food, Culture, & Society. In her current position, Teja collaborates with an interdisciplinary group using quantitative methods and blended data to develop evidence-based research and inform effective decision-making in government and industry. She is passionate about using data science for the public good.

Peter Verovšek

Assistant Professor in Politics/International Relations, Sheffield University, UK

Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International relations. He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He then conducted research on the continuing effects of the memories of World War II in the politics of the former Yugoslavia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University. After completing his doctorate, he spent three years as Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University (2013-16), where he also served as co-founder and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has also held appointments as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany, at the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Geoinformation Sciences and Urban Planning

Alenka Poplin

Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

Alenka Poplin is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. Her research interests include serious online games and games for change, online geogames for civic engagement, big data for smart cities, happy cities, emotions related to places, mapping emotions in a geographic information system (GIS). She is actively involved in the project Big Data for Sustainable City Decision-Making. Her recent publications include articles in the Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS), Journal of Cartography and Geographic Information, Journal of Urban Technology, The Cartographic Journal and others. She edited five books, the last one titled The Virtual and The Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications, was published in 2018 by Routledge.

Marine and Environmental Affairs

Nives Dolšak

Professor & Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle

Nives Dolšak is the Stan and Alta Barer Professor in Sustainability Science and the Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Between 2012 and 2018, she served as a visiting professor at Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She received her Joint Ph.D. from School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Dolšak serves on the Science Panel of the Puget Sound Partnership. She is the recipient of the University of Washington's College of the Environment Outstanding Community Impact (2018) and the Outstanding Teaching Faculty (2013) awards. Her co-authored paper, "Factors impacting investments in energy efficiency and clean technologies: empirical evidence from Slovenian manufacturing firms", published by Journal of Cleaner Production, was recognized among "The Ten Most Resounding Research Achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2016".

Veterinary Sciences

Gregor Gorjanc

Chancellor's Fellow in Data Driven Innovation for AgriTech, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Gregor Gorjanc is a Chancellor's Fellow in Data Driven Innovation for AgriTech (Assistant Professor) at The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh). He is also affiliated with the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security (University of Edinburgh), the Centre for Statistics (University of Edinburgh) and the Biotechnical Faculty (University of Ljubljana). He studied Animal Science (engineer) and Genetics (PhD) at the Biotechnical Faculty (University of Ljubljana) in Slovenia. He is thrilled by whole-system (population) approaches and likes to combine various data science, genetics/genomics and breeding methods to address research and applied problems. His speciality is the ability to work across a range of species, including livestock, companion animals, plants, fish, insects and even some spill-over into human populations.


Klementina Fon Tacer

Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology and Oncology, Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine

Klementina Fon Tacer is an assistant professor of reproductive biology and oncology at TTU SVM, working in the field of comparative cancer biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and germ cell differentiation. Klementina received her D.V.M. from the Veterinary Faculty and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, both at the University of Ljubljana. After postdoctoral research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, she joined a newly established School of Veterinary Medicine at TTU. Prior to returning to the USA, Klementina spent 2 years at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana teaching animal nutrition and studying metabolism and cancer. Her research interests include metabolism, cancer-testis antigens, protein ubiquitination in cancer, comparative medicine, and evolution, and reproduction. Klementina is a recent CPRIT Scholar Award winner from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas.

Andrej Šali

Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Andrej Sali received his BSc degree in chemistry from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1987, working on the sequence-structure-function relationship of stefins and cistatins under the supervision of Professor Vito Turk; and his PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, in 1991, developing the MODELLER program for comparative modeling of protein structures under the supervision of Professor Tom L. Blundell. He was then a postdoc with Professor Martin Karplus at Harvard University as a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund fellow, studying lattice Monte Carlo models of protein folding. From 1995 to 2002, he was first an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University. In 2003, he moved to University of California, San Francisco, as a Professor of Computational Biology in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). He was recognized as Sinsheimer Scholar (1996), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1998), an Irma T. Hirschl Trust Career Scientist (2000), the Zois Award of Science Ambassador of Republic of Slovenia (2007), a Fellow of International Society for Computational Biology (2014), Jubilee Professor of Indian Academy of Sciences (2017), Bijvoet Medal recipient (2018), and member of National Academy of Sciences of USA (2018). He has been an Editor of Structure since 2002. He is also a Founder of Prospect Genomix that merged with Structural Genomix (2001); Global Blood Therapeutics (2012); and Quanta Therapeutics (2018). Dr. Sali develops and applies computational methods for determining and modulating structures and functions of proteins and their assemblies.

Jernej Ule

Professor, Department of Molecular Neuroscience, University College London & The Francis Crick Institute

Jernej Ule obtained his Ph.D. in molecular neuroscience from the Rockefeller University in New York in 2004 with Robert B. Darnell. He started his own research group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, and in 2013 he became a professor at the University College London, Institute of Neurology. Since 2016, his lab is based at the Francis Crick Institute in London. In 2020, he started an additional lab at the Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia, funded by European Research Council. The two labs work closely together to study how RNA networks contribute to the development and function of nerve cells, and how faulty RNA networks lead to conditions affecting the nervous system. He is happy to host a summer student either in the London or Ljubljana lab, according to the available space.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Boštjan Kobe

Professor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Boštjan Kobe received his BSc degree in chemistry at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and his PhD degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at St. Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne, Australia, where he also started his own laboratory at the end of 1997. In 2000, he moved to the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He has been awarded by the 2001 Minister's Prize for Achievement in Life Sciences, an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2005, the 2009 ASBMB (Australian Society of Biochemitry and Molecular Biology) Roche Medal, the 2018 ASBMB Beckman Coulter Discovery Award and became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2018. He was the President of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (2012-2014). He is Editor of Acta Crystallographica Section D Structural Biology and PLoS One. His laboratory focuses on applying structural biology approaches to understanding infection and immunity.

Jernej Murn

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside

Jernej Murn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining UC Riverside as faculty in 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital where he trained with Yang Shi in epigenetics and RNA biology. Prof. Murn completed his Ph.D. in molecular biology that he shared between University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and CEA Laboratory for Functional Genomics in France. Research in his laboratory focuses on regulatory roles of RNA and RNA-binding proteins in interpreting genomic information in development and disease.

David Sarlah

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UIUC

David Sarlah received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Ljubljana in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute in 2011. Following a postdoctoral stay at ETH Zürich, he joined the faculty at Illinois in 2014. His research interests span from the synthesis of complex, biologically active natural products and the related chemical biology to methodology development. His research focuses on synthesis of natural products and the related chemical biology; methodology development; asymmetric catalysis. Professor Sarlah’s research program is aimed at providing new solutions to the problems encountered at the frontline of organic synthesis that benefit chemistry and enable advances in the allied fields of chemical biology, material science, and medicine.


Janina Golob Deeb

Associate Professor of Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Janina Golob Deeb received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1996. Following graduation she completed a year of internship at the University of Ljubljana. She continued her education at Oregon Health Sciences University graduating with a certificate in Periodontology in 2000 and a Master in Science degree in Oral Molecular Biology in 2001. Before moving to Richmond and joining VCU in 2013, she practiced as a periodontist in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Golob Deeb has been teaching in undergraduate and graduate clinics in Departments of General Practice and Periodontics. Dr. Golob Deeb is a board certified periodontist and holds dental licenses in Virginia, Arizona, Oregon and her native Slovenia. She continues to practice part-time in the Faculty intramural practice at the Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, Dr. Golob Deeb enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and languages.


Dimitri Krainc

Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University

Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD currently serves as the Ward Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Previously, Dr. Krainc spent more than 20 years at Harvard Medical School where he completed his research training followed by a neurology residency and fellowship in movement disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then served on the neurology faculty at MGH and Harvard Medical School until 2013 when he relocated to Chicago. The overarching goal of Dr. Krainc’s research is to study molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, focusing on Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, to facilitate the development of targeted therapies. In the area of PD, his group identified a positive feedback loop between alpha-synuclein and glucocerebrosidase in sporadic and genetic forms of PD (Mazzulli et al, Cell, 2011). They also described convergence of mitochondrial and lysosomal dysfunction in midbrain neurons from PD patients (Burbulla et al, Science, 2017), as well as direct contacts between lysosomes and mitochondria (Wong et al, Nature, 2018). Dr. Krainc is the principal founder of Lysosomal Therapeutics, Inc. and serves on the SAB of Intellia Therapeutics and Prevail Therapeutics. He received several awards for his work, including the Javits Neuroscience Award.

David Križaj

Adjunct Professor in Neurobiology & Anatomy and Professor in Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences, University of Utah

David Križaj is the John Frederick Carter Professor in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine, currently also serving as the Director of the Neuroscience Program at the University of Utah. He completed graduate training at the New York University School of Medicine and postdoctoral fellow in retinal neurobiology at University of California San Francisco. He joined faculty at UCSF before moving to Salt Lake City in 2007 to investigate synaptic transmission and ocular mechanotransduction. The goal of his research is to define the molecular rules that govern intraocular pressure, calcium regulation and visual signaling in the eye. Bioengineering approaches investigate cellular mechanisms that transduce pressure, strain, shear, swelling in retinal neurons and glia. Translational projects focus on developing treatments for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and corneal pain.

Mihaela Pavličev

Professor, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Dr. Pavlicev received a PhD in ecology from the University of Vienna in 2003. After PhD she worked in molecular phylogenetics at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, primarily on phylogenetic relationships in lizards and birds. During subsequent postdoctoral training in quantitative genetics, she worked on the structure and evolution of the genotype-to-phenotype map, first at Washington University in St. Louis, and later at the Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo, Norway. She subsequently spent a year at Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition in Altenberg near Vienna and combined writing with teaching at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna. She joined faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in the summer of 2013, and transferred to the University of Vienna in 2019. Dr. Pavlicev`s work is situated at the interface between organism and population: she focuses on understanding how the patterns of phenotypic variation and its underlying genetics arise in the context of past evolution, and what consequences they have. These approaches are applicable for understanding human detrimental variation, i.e., disease, in a field commonly referred to as evolutionary medicine.

Matija Peterlin

Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, University of California San Francisco

B. Matija Peterlin, MD, was educated at Duke University and Harvard Medical School. Following clinical training at Stanford U.Medical Center, he became Assistant Professor at U.California, SF.He rose through the ranks to full professor and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He defined the mechanism of action of several HIV proteins and discovered how elongation of transcription is controlled in eukaryotic systems. He was also among the first investigators to focus on the latency of HIV and its impact on the persistence of this infection. Dr. Peterlin is also a clinician and treats patients with autoimmune diseases.


Kaja Antlej

Lecturer In Industrial Design, Deakin University

Dr Kaja Antlej is interested in digital heritage/virtual museums (design and evaluation of VR/AR/MR/XR/3D printing experiences) and human-centered design. She has an MSc in Industrial Design (2008, 3D scanning and 3D printing) and a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies (2013, VR/AR, serious games and 3D printing for museum exhibitions), both from the University of Ljubljana. In 2015, Kaja completed her Endeavour Post-doctoral Fellowship ('Australia's Fulbright') at the University of Canberra. She has been involved in NMC Horizon Reports (Museum Edition 2015, 2016), eCultValue (FP7), and ViMM - Virtual Multimodal Museum TA2.2 (H2020), UDigiSH DARIAH-EU (2019-). Dr Antlej is one of the leading researchers of The Little L Project immersive experience – three times highly commended including MAGNA 2019, partially featured at Science Centre Singapore, and exhibited at BoDW Hong Kong 2018. She is a member of ICOM, AMaGA, Interpet Europe, AAM, and Joint Co-Leader for VRARA Asia Pacific Digital Heritage CoP.

Jurij Karlovšek

Lecturer of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Queensland

Dr. Jurij Karlovšek is a Lecturer at University of Queensland. His broad area of expertise is in Geotechnical Engineering: Conventional and Mechanised tunnelling, Construction Information Technology, Non-Destructive Testing, and Fire & Life safety in tunnels. As a representative of the University of Queensland, he works hard to engage with the community by creating and implementing associations that seek to inform, educate and empower young professional tunnelling engineers. There are two notable areas in which he has been able to achieve success through his engagement with the community: through his work at the Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) for both the State and National executive committees and through his creation and leadership of the International Tunnelling Association(ITA) Young Members Group (ITAYM). In both areas, he has an initiative and the desire to implement programs that seek to benefit his professional community at a local, national and international level.

Andrej Košmrlj

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Andrej Košmrlj is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University. Prof. Košmrlj has received the NSF Career Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. His research interests are in Mechanics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Košmrlj was postdoc with David R. Nelson at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT, where he was co-advised by Arup K. Chakraborty and Mehran Kardar. Before coming to MIT, Prof. Košmrlj obtained a B. Sc. (2006) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the supervision of Primož Ziherl.

Domen Novak

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming

Domen Novak received their Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. They completed their postdoctoral fellowship in August 2014 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. They are currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Novak's main research area is human-robot interaction, particularly rehabilitation robotics. To achieve their goals in this area, they make use of expertise in robotics, biomedical signal processing, sensor fusion and virtual reality.

Mitja Trkov

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University

Mitja Trkov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University, NJ. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 2016. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as an R&D engineer in the naval industry. Before joining Rowan University, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. His research interests include human-machine interactions, robotics, wearable system, ergonomics and biomechanics.

Gregor Verbič

Associate Professor of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney

Gregor Verbič received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1995, 2000, and 2003, respectively. In 2005, he was a NATO-NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Since 2010, he has been with the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. His expertise is in power system operation, stability and control, and electricity markets. His current research interests include grid and market integration of renewable energies and distributed energy resources (DER), future grid modelling and scenario analysis, wide-area coordination of distributed energy resources, and demand response. He was a recipient of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Prize Paper Award in 2006. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Miloš Žefran

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Miloš Žefran has been at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1999 where he is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he also received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and 1996, respectively. From 1997 to 1999 he was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and held a visiting position at the University of Pisa, Italy. Dr. Žefran's research interests are in robotics and control with a focus on human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles, haptics, medical training, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Žefran has received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and has been continuously supported by the NSF since.


Bojan Mohar

Professor of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Bojan Mohar is a professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Mohar's research concerns topological graph theory (graphs on surfaces, planar graphs), algebraic graph theory (laplace eigenvalues of graphs, spectrum of infinite graphs, graph algorithms), graph minors, and graph coloring (list coloring, edge-coloring, nowhere-zero flows). Mohar was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Ohio State University in 1988, and won the Boris Kidrič prize of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia in 1990. He has been a member of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering since 1999. He was named a SIAM Fellow in 2018. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in the 2020 Class.

Mateja Šajna

Professor of Discrete Mathematics, University of Ottawa

Mateja Šajna is a Professor of Discrete Mathematics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She completed her in applied mathematics at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of Bojan Mohar, and her graduate degrees in discrete mathematics at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of the renowned Canadian graph theorist Brian Alspach. In her research, she has been focusing on symmetry in graphs, graph decompositions, hypergraphs, and applications of graph theory. Dr. Šajna was a recipient of the 2003 Kirkman Medal by the Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications.