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Željko Kućan, F.C.A.

Date of birth:

  • 05/24/1934

Place of birth:

  • Zagreb

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Academic titles:

  • fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • doctor of Science

Institutions:

  • Professor (retired) - Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Functions in Academy:

  • deputy secretary - Department of Natural Sciences (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2014)
  • secretary - Department of Natural Sciences (01/01/2007 - 12/31/2010)

Membership in Academy:

  • full member - Department of Natural Sciences (07/24/1991 - ...)
  • izvanredni član - Department of Natural Sciences (05/17/1990 - 07/24/1991)
  • associate member - Department of Natural Sciences (06/07/1977 - 05/17/1990)

Born

  • May 24, 1934, Zagreb, Croatia

Education:

  • 1941-1953 Elementary and High Shool in Zagreb
  • 1953-1958 Study of Chemistry (orientation: Biochemistry) Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (K. Balenović)
  • 1964 Ph. D. in Biochemistry, University of Zagreb (B. Miletić)

Fellowships:

  • 1956-1958 Ruđer Bošković Institute fellowship
  • 1961-1962 International Atomic Energy Agency Fellowship

International experience:

  • 1961-1963 - The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y. (work on protein biosynthesis with Fritz Lipmann).
  • 1969 - 1972 - research associate, and
  • 1977/78 and 1978/79 - visiting associate professor at Department of Biochemistry, New York University School of Medicine, N.Y., with R.W. Chambers

Employments:

  • 1958 - 1983 Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb (assistant in the Department of Radiobiology, then at various positions in the Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • 1972-1976 Head of the Department
  • 1972-1983 joint appointment as Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.
  • 1983- Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science
  • 1985-1988 Chairman, Department of Chemistry 1990-1994 Dean, Faculty of Science

Teaching experience (permanently since 1972):

  • General Biochemistry for students of Chemistry and Biology
  • Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis - an advanced course, offered also to graduate students of Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Scientific societies:

  • Croatian Chemical Society
  • Croatian Biochemical Society ( Former President)
  • Croatian Biophysical Society

Honors:

  • 1991 Member, Croatian Academy of Science and Arts
  • 1991 National Award “Ruđer Bošković”

Scientific interest:

  • Nucleic acids and protein synthesis; structure-function relationships in tRNA and aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases

Publications:

  • Over 50 papers in major international journals, over 80 conference papers, numerous contributions to domestic journals and books.