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University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Pharmacy
Early career investigator (ECI):
Short biography of member:
Nace Zidar is an assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. He defended his PhD thesis in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Danijel Kikelj. During the years 2007-2011, he collaborated on the EU FP6 Project INTAFAR, where he was involved in the design and synthesis of new inhibitors of peptidoglycan biosynthesis. During the years 2011-2015 he worked on the EU FP7 Project MAREX, with the aim of discovering new bioactive compounds based on marine sources. In 2013 he obtained a two-year postdoctoral project on the design, synthesis and evaluation of voltage-gated sodium channel modulators, funded by the Slovenian Research Agency. From 2015, he collaborates in the EU H2020 MSCA-ITN INTEGRATE, where he is involved in the discovery of compounds with the activity against Gram-negative bacteria. In 2017, he did a post-doctoral training at the Department of Chemistry, University of Milan. His research interests involve rational design, synthesis and evaluation of new bioactive compounds, especially with the activity against voltage-gated ion channels, bacterial topoisomerases and with anticancer activity. He is a co-author of more than 30 SCI publications, MC member in two COST Actions (BM1406 and CA16225), and MC substitute in two COST Actions (CM1106 and CM1407). He is a recipient of the 2010 Faculty of Pharmacy award for high-impact publication, and the winner of 2011 Krka prize for his PhD thesis.