Dunja Dizdarevic

Class of 2016/2017 Valedictorian

Graduated from King’s College London with a First Class degree in BSc (Hons) Business Management. Received a 100% scholarship to represent King’s College London on a student exchange in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018.


Pursued multiple internships at the largest European investment bank, BNP Paribas, where she now works full-time in the capacity of a Sales and Trading Analyst and continues to live in London.

Lana Milenkovic

Valedictorian of 2012/2013

She graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Belgrade in 2019, GPA 9.56. She has been doing an internship at the Clinics of the Faculty of Dentistry since May 2020.


During her studies she wrote student scientific papers:

·  Early childhood caries – what is the cause? (first author, poster presentation at the IV Congress of Pediatric Dentists of Serbia, November 2019)

·  Early childhood caries – why is it still one of the most common diseases of the 21st century? (author, 60th Congress of Biomedical Sciences Students with International Participation, 2019, Kopaonik)

·  Early childhood caries – how to stop the problem? (co-author, 60th Congress of Biomedical Students with International Participation, 2019, Kopaonik)·         Attitude of future dentists towards working with people with special needs (co-author, 59th Congress of Biomedical Sciences Students with International Participation, 2018, Kopaonik)

·  Ana Vukovic, Dejan Markovic, Jovana Tajevic, Lana Milenkovic, Tamara Peric. Impact of Special Care Dentistry training on attitudes of undergraduate students towards dental patients with disabilities a pilot study. 24th Congress of International Association of Disability and Oral Health, Dubai UAE, 2018 (first prize in the category of the best research paper in the field of education)

Jovana Maksic

Generation 2013/2014



Charité – Universitätsmedizin – Berlin, Germany October 2018 – Present
MSc Medical Neuroscience

New York University Shanghai – Shanghai, China September 2014 – May 2018
BSc Neural Science (GPA: 3.3/4.00)



Laboratory of Michael Brecht and Laboratory of John-Dylan Haynes, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt University – Berlin, Germany
Neural Correlates of Cannibalistic Imagery  processing
Master thesis, March 2020 – Present

-Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
-Behavioral paradigm development
-Ethics proposal writing

Laboratory of Michael Brecht, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt University – Berlin, Germany
Play and the Periaqueductal Gray
Lab rotation and student intern, July 2019 – Present

-Stereotaxic surgery in rats
-Anterograde tracing
– Deep brain stimulation
– Ultrasonic vocalization recordings
-Whole animal perfusion fixation
-Histology and Anatomy
Laboratory of Dietmar Schmitz, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Neuroscience Research Center – Berlin, Germany
Electrophysiological Investigation of Medial Entorhinal Cortex Neurons
Lab rotation, January – March 2019

-Mouse brain slice preparation
– Whole-cell electrophysiology in acute brain slices
– Data analysis

Laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, New York University School of Medicine, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine – New York, NY
Exploratory ERP Study: A human auditory go/no-go task
Student intern, January – December 2017

-Facilitated collaboration between lab of Robert C. Froemke (NYU Langone Medical
Center) and the Laboratory for Translational Auditory Research (Bellevue Hospital)
-EEG recordings (normal-hearing & cochlear implant patients)
-Artifact reduction
-Data analysis

Pediatric Neurology EEG Lab , General Hospital Djordje Joanovic – Zrenjanin, Serbia
Summer Internship, June – August 2016

-Assisted with clinical EEG recording and admission of epilepsy patients
– Detecting, monitoring and reporting on clinically significant events during recording
-Extensive literature review on clinical electroencephalography

NeuroCure – Cluster of Excellence Scholarship
New York University – Shanghai Dean’s list for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
New York University – Full tuition scholarship
Rudjer Boskovic School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Scholarship –
Tuition Reduction Scholarship


Basic Course on Laboratory Animal Science (Mouse/Rat)
Goethe Zertifikat B2 (82/100)
TOEFL iBT (115/120)



-Electroencephalography (EEG)
– Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
– Patch clamp
– Behavioral assays in rodents
– Stereotaxic surgery in rats
– Whole animal perfusion fixation
– Histology and Anatomy
– Light microscopy imaging
– Data analysis


Software – MATLAB, R, MS

Office Languages – Serbian (Native), English (Fluent), German (Fluent), Mandarin Chinese



Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia
“The Intersection of Neuroscience and Philosophy”
Lecture organizer and presenter, December 2016

-Organized and presented a series of lectures at the University of Belgrade, discussing
key issues in neuroscience and philosophy


Shanghai High School International Division – Shanghai, China
National High School Academic Debate Tournaments Shanghai Regional Second Round
The Chinese Nat ion al Speech and Debate Association
Debate Judge, May 2016

-Successfully fulfilled debate judge responsibilities including organization of the debate
teams, debate timing, speaker points calculation, feedback and final winner decision


-Dr. Robert C. Froemke, Principal Investigator
Froemke Lab
New York University School of Medicine
Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine

-Prof. Dr. John Rinzel, Professor of Neural Science and Mathematics
Center for Neural Science and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

-Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht
Animal Physiology / Systems Neurobiology and Neural Computation
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Humboldt University Berlin


Jovana Boskovic

Generation 2011/2012

After graduating from Rudjer Boskovic School, she enrolled at the Faculty of Political Sciences, majoring in journalism. She graduated at the beginning of 2017 and went to Prague with the desire to enroll in Master’s studies at Charles University. She got a job as a project manager at “Kantar” in Prague, which does market research (they test TV commercials). She spent two months in South Korea, traveling and volunteering. Then moved to Madrid where she taught English. She was there until the beginning of COVID 19 pandemic, when she decided to return to Prague. Since April 2020, she has been working at the marketing firm “Wunderman Thompson” as a project manager.

Damjan Spasojevic

Generation 2015/2016


Primary School Rudjer Boskovic, Certificate of Excellence; 2004

High School Rudjer Boskovic, Certificate of Excellence; 2012

2016 Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade

2020 Fourth – year student at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Department of International Law and International Relations By his engagement in Rudjer, he contributed to the improvement of extracurricular and creative activities of the school.


·         Editor-in-Chief of the elementary school magazine “Đački kutak” (multi-award winning school magazine at the national competition for the selection of the best school magazine, organized by the Society for Serbian Language and Literature) ·         Lector and journalist of the high school magazine “Sokolske novine” ·         Multiple student of the Petnica Research Station ·         Member of the Student Parliament – vice-president in primary school and secretary in high school ·         Initiator of the humanitarian activity “Donate a Book, Give Joy to the Villagers” (collecting books for survival of rural libraries in Serbia)·         Participation in the regional activity BaLMUN (Banja Luka Model of UN) – BANJA LUKA with IB high schools from the region; 2015;2016·         As one of the members of the team of High School Rudjer Boskovic participated in an international project “SEE THE FACE BEHIND THE LABEL “, on the topic of integration of migrants, refugees, in the organization of ACES (Academy of Central European Schools), SOLIDARITY AWARD, awarded to the team at a ceremony in BratislavaThis project was implemented in cooperation with IB High School from Bulgaria. ·         “Damjan Spasojevic’s Literary Afternoon”, organized by the school in the form of classes open to public on a specific topic.

Uros Trifunovic

Generation 2017/2018


Graduated from IB DP in 2019


Sports career:



Started training in the 2006-2007 season in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the Marculionis Academy

2008-2009 club Proteas Vulas in Athens

2009-2010 club Spartak Saint Petersburg (Russia)

2010-2012 Red Star



2012-2014 Zemun

2015-2017 Mega Bemax,

2015-2016 finals for juniors Next Generation INGT Adidas playing for Mega Bemax

2015-2016 final tournament for Serbian cadets



2017-2018 Kasiyaka Izmir, Turkey



2018-2019 Professional contract for Partizan. Played on a dual license for Mladost KLS

2019-2020 Played on a dual license for Mega Bemax until October, from October plays for Partizan

2018-2019 Radivoje Korac Cup winner

2019-2020 Radivoje Korac Cup winner

At the moment of the league break due to COVID 19: the first place in the championship and first place in the ULEB CUP competition

2020-2024 Partizan



2018 – European champion with the Serbian national team U182019 – 7th place at the World Cup with the national team U19

Nadja Snegic

Generation 2018/2019

Rudjer Boskovic School and IB Programme provided the fantastic foundation for what awaited me after enrolling in college.

I am currently a second year student of International Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and I always fondly remember my high school days.


Nastasija Celebic

The valedictorian of 2018/19

She is studying Psychology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).


Part of the interview from our school magazine Sokolske novine (issue 34, June 2020, year XVII)


How has the experience of the Diploma Programme helped you at the university? Unlike the other students at the university, I was pretty prepared for the amount of material and I knew how to deal with it. I was also used to stress (in this case, a blessing in disguise) and I already had developed techniques on how to deal with a large amount of stress. Writing essays and reading articles as well as referencing were completely familiar to me, so I had no problems.

Did you have a favourite teacher?

My homeroom teacher Ivana Mandic. Economics classes always passed quickly, although it was not easy to master the subject at all; in the end, we were ready to achieve excellent results on the exam. Although Economics has not been my choice for further education, it helped me a lot to learn how to think and how to approach problems.  I am grateful to my homeroom teacher for teaching me that.

Djordjo Matic

Generation 2018/2019

The first in the history of the Education System Ruđer Bošković to enrol in the Military Academy, Department of Defence Management, and the first at the Military Academy to come from the private education system and the international programme.

Ivana Nikolic

Ivana Nikolić, the valedictorian of 2005, postdoctoral researcher, Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), Madrid (Spain)

I graduated Molecular biology and physiology at Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia in 2010. The same year I started my PhD studies in Immunology at the same Faculty, which I finished in October 2014. In my PhD project I studied pharmacological modulation of autoimmune type 1 diabetes by carbon monoxide-releasing molecule CORM-A1 (Diabetologia and Scand J Immunol). I won the prize from “Goran Ljubijankić” Foundation for
the best doctoral dissertation in the field of molecular biology for 2014. During the PhD, I was awarded very competitive Albert Renold Fellowship granted by the EFSD and I spent three months in the laboratory of Dr. Stellan Sandler at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

In April 2015 I started my post-doctoral investigation at the laboratory of Dr. Guadalupe Sabio: Stress kinases in Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease, at CNIC, Madrid, Spain.

For my postdoctoral research I was selected for a highly competitive, international fellowship: CNIC IPP FP7 Marie Curie Program (2015-2018). One of my postdoctoral project was the study of the role of stress activated protein kinases p38g and p38d in development of non-alcoholic liver disease and steatosis. We found that obese patients have increased expression of p38g/d
in liver and that these two kinases control liver steatosis by modulating neutrophil infiltration. I was selected to present these results at the Annual Meeting of Immunological Society of Serbia in April 2016 (oral presentation) and we published it in EMBO Journal (González-Terán B*, Matesanz N*, Nikolic I*, et al, EMBO J 2016; 35(5):536-52. *shared the first authorship).
Later on, I focused my investigation on adipose tissue-specific role of p38d in brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis. To work in this project, I won a very competitive EFSD/Lilly Young Investigator Research Award Programme (2017; 50 000 EUR) that is given to a young, innovative investigator in the fields of diabetes and its complications and to promote excellence in medical education. During this project, I had opportunity to show my leadership
abilities and we found that that lack of p38a in adipose tissue protected mice against high fat diet-induced obesity by increasing energy expenditure and BAT thermogenesis the activation of the other p38 isoform, p38δ. Our results were published in PLOS Biology (Matesanz N*, Nikolic I*, et al, PLOS Biol 2018; 16(7):e2004455. *shared the first authorship) and I was selected to give a short talk at XL SEBBM Congress in Barcelona, 2017.

In 2019 I started a project to study the role of stress kinases in T cells in obesity. For this project I was granted for the second time EFSD/Lilly Young Investigator Research Award (2019), I was also awarded prestigious and competitive EFSD Rising Star Fellowship, aimed for promising and innovative young researchers, and Fellowship Juan de la Cierva Incorporacion (2019-2022) funded by Spanish State Programme for the Promotion of Talent and its Employability in R&D&I.As a result of my professional engagement, I published 20 research articles (8 as a first author, 1 review as a co-corresponding author) in different peer-reviewed journals in the field of Immunology and Diabetes. Multitasking across simultaneous projects allowed me to further develop my leadership abilities and to manage and lead projects in all aspects (budget, study design, execution of experiments, study results dissemination).

Since the science is not only the research, but also sharing the knowledge and experience, I am actively involved in the mentoring of undergraduate students: mentor of 2 CICERONE students at CNIC (2017); mentor at XL SEBBM Congress in Barcelona – Supervisor “Iniciación a la Investigación” (2017), and a co-mentor of MSc Thesis (2018) and PhD Thesis (ongoing).

I was also invited lecturer at MSc program 2019/2020 Animal models in immunology at Faculty of Medicine, Complutense University of Madrid. Furthermore, I participated in the organization of CNICPhDay 2015 and 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19), annual meeting organized by PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from CNIC. I presented my results at more than 13 national and international congresses (oral presentation: 13th Young Scientists Forum, FEBS, St Petersburg 2013; Annual Meeting of Immunological Society of Serbia in 2012, 2014 and 2016, XL SEBBM Congress in Barcelona 2017, 55th EASD Annual Meeting in Barcelona in 2019; and IMMUNOLOGY AT THE

Also, I won the Best Poster Award at the 2nd Congress of Serbian Society for Mitochondrial and Free Radical Physiology, 2013.