Priv.-Doz. Dr.
Anja Palandačić

collection manager, staff scientist
  • Collection and databank management
  • Assisting the curator
  • Scientific advice and support for the guests
  • Research
  • Project management
  • Supervision of students
  • International collaboration


Anja Palandačićs ORCID record:
Phone: 01 52 177 212

31.10. 2019 – 29.04.2024 „Dispersal of Aquatic Organisms in Karst Landscapes” Awarded by FWF Austrian Science Funds
Joint Project with Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana; No.: I 4131-B25

12. 2016 – 12. 2017 „Gibt es Wiener Elritzen?“ Awarded by Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien No.: H-275981/2016


  • 01.10. 2007 – 06.04.2012 PhD in Genetics
    • University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of Animal Science, Groblje 3, SI-1230 Domzale, Slovenia
  • 01. 10. 2001 – 05. 06. 2007 Bachelor of Science in Biology
    • University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 01. 09. 1997 – 30. 08. 2001 High school graduate
    • Gimanzija Bežigrad, Peričeva 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professional history

  • 28. 09. 2021 Habilitation at the University of Ljubljana in Evolution Biology
  • Since 01. 07. 2013 Fish collection manager, I. Zoological Department, Natural History Museum Vienna, Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria
  • 01. 06. 2012 – 01. 05. 2013 Researcher University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Clinical institute for Medical Genetics, Šlajmerjeva 3, Ljubljana
  • 01. 10. 2007 – 31. 03. 2012 Junior Researcher University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of Animal Science, Groblje 3, 1230 Domzale, Slovenia


  • 22. – 26. 11. 2021 Basic Collections Techniques/the Shipping Workshop, at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, online
  • 11. – 12. 11. 2021 muse-OMICS workshop organized by the DFG SPP 1991 Taxon-Omics, online
  • 20. – 24. 06. 2016 NGS Sequencing Workshop, Plant Molecular Ecology & Evolutionary Genomics, University of Vienna
  • 23. – 25. 02. 2016 A workshop on the Nagoya Protocol and Access and Benefit Sharing, The Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich, Germany
  • 20. – 25. 05. 2012 25th Course in Medical Genetics (Remote Center Split) European Genetics Foundation, Bologna, in collaboration with Medical Faculty of Split
  • 27. 09 – 01. 10. 2011 Workshop CONGEN (Pop. Genetics Data Analysis Course) University of Montana (USA) and CIBIO (Portugal)
  • 04. 06. – 04. 10. 2010 Internship Walter Salzburger Laboratory, Evolutionsbiologie, Zoologisches Institut, Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • 09. – 30. 01 2010 Workshop on Molecular Evolution
  • 09. 01. – 02. 02. 2009 Internship Ben Koop Laboratory, Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Victoria, Canada


Slovene (Mother tongue), English (fluent), German (fluent), Croatian (fluent), Serbian (fluent), Spanish (basic)


TSAPARIS D, KONSTANTINIDIS I, PALANDAČIĆ A, KALOGIANNI E, TH. STOUMBOUDI M, BARBIERI R, VARDAKAS L, KOUTSIKOS N, TSIGENOPOULOS CS. DNA barcoding provides new insights on the distribution, systematics and conservation of the freshwater genus Pelasgus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in Greece. Hydrobiologia, 2021, 848, 1163–1176.

BRAVNIČAR J, PALANDAČIĆ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S, SNOJ A. Neotype designation for Thymallus aeliani Valenciennes, 1848 from a museum topotype specimen and its affiliation with Adriatic grayling on the basis of mitochondrial DNA. ZooKeys, 2020, 999: 165-178.

BRAVNIČAR J, PALANDAČIĆ A, JELIĆ D, PODGORNIK S, SNOJ A. Molecular data reveal distinct phylogenetic position of Cottus metae, establish its distribution range, and invalidate the species status of C. scaturigo. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 2020, doi: 10.1111/jzs.12434.

ENGLMAIER G, VIÑUELA RODRIGUEZ N, WAIDBACHER H, PALANDAČIĆ A, TESFAYE G, GESSL W and MEULENBROEK P. New data on Garra makiensis (Cyprinidae, Labeoinae) from the Awash River (Ethiopia) with remarks on its relation to congeners on the Arabian Peninsula. Zookeys, 2020, 984: 133-163. 10.3897/zookeys.984.55982

PALANDAČIĆ A, KRUCKENHAUSER L, AHNELT H, MIKSCHI E. European minnows through time: museum collections aid genetic assessment of species introductions in freshwater fishes (Cyprinidae: Phoxinus species complex). Heredity, 2020, 124, 410–422.

SIDELEVA V G, NASEKA A, NOWAK M, PALANDAČIĆ A. The finding of holotype and redescription of Cottus microstomus Heckel 1837 (Cottidae). Ichthyological Research, 2019, 66, 249–257.

PALANDAČIĆ A, NASEKA A, RAMLER D, AHNELT H. Contrasting morphology with molecular data: an approach to revision of species complexes based on the example of European Phoxinus (Cyprinidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2017, 17 (1), 1.

MAVER A, LAVTAR P, …, PALANDAČIĆ A, …, PETERLIN B. Identification of rare genetic variation of NLRP1 gene in familial multiple sclerosis. Scientific Reports, 2017, 7(1): 3715.

RAMLER D, PALANDAČIĆ A, DELMASTRO GB, WANZENBÖCK J, AHNELT H. Morphological divergence of lake and stream Phoxinus of Northern Italy and the Danube basin based on geometric morphometric analysis. Ecology and Evolution, 2017, 7(2): 572-584.

PALANDAČIĆ A, BRAVNIČAR J, ZUPANČIČ P, ŠANDA R, SNOJ A. Molecular data suggest a multispecies complex of Phoxinus (Cyprinidae) in the Western Balkan Peninsula. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 2015, 92, 118-123., doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.05.024.

BROWNSTEIN AB, BEGGS AH, …, PALANDACIC A, …., MARGULIES DM. An international effort towards developing standards for best practices in analysis, interpretation and reporting of clinical genome sequencing results in the CLARITY Challenge. Genome Biolology, 2014, 25;15(3):R53. doi: 10.1186/gb-2014-15-3-r53.

SIVKA U, SNOJ A, PALANDAČIĆ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S. Identification of candidate genes involved in marble color pattern formation in genus Salmo. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part D, Genomics and proteomics, 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3. 244-249., doi: 10.1016/j.cbd.2013.06.003.


PALANDAČIĆ A, BONACCI O, SNOJ A. Molecular data as a possible tool for tracing groundwater flow in karst environment: example of Delminichthys adspersus in Dinaric karst system. Ecohydrology, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 6. 791-797., doi: 10.1002/eco.269.


PALANDAČIĆ A, MATSCHINER M, ZUPANČIČ P, SNOJ A. Fish migrate underground: the example of Delminichthys adspersus (Cyprinidae). Molecular Ecology, 2012, vol. 21, issue 7, 1658-1671., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05507.x.


STARČIČ ERJAVEC M, PALANDAČIĆ A, ŽGUR-BERTOK D, AMBROŽIČ J. Genetic background of uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolates from Slovenia in relation to fluoroquinolone and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim resistance. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 2011, vol. 54, issue 2, 5-13.


PALANDAČIĆ A, ZUPANČIČ P, SNOJ A. Revised classification of former genus Phoxinellus using nuclear DNA sequences. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 2010, vol. 38, issue 5, 1069-1073., doi: 10.1016/j.bse.2010.09.021.


FIŠER C, KEBER R, KEREŽI V, MOŠKRIČ A, PALANDAČIĆ A, PETKOVSKA V, POTOČNIK H, SKET B. Coexistence of species of two amphipod genera: Niphargus timavi (Niphargidae) and Gammarus fossarum (Gammaridae). Journal of Natural History, 2007, vol. 41, issue 41/44, 2641-2651., doi: 10.1080/00222930701661225.




PALANDAČIĆ A, ZUPANČIČ P, MATSCHINER M, SNOJ A. Genetic evidence of subterranean migration of imotska gaovica Delminichthys adspersus (Pisces: Cyprinidae). 20th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, Postojna, Slovenia, 2010.


PALANDAČIĆ A, PUSTOVRH G, SNOJ A. Populacijska genetika imotske gaovice (Delmminichthys adspersus) [Population genetics of D. adspersus], Vukovar, Croatia, 2010.


SIVKA U, PALANDAČIĆ A, SNOJ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S. Searching for candidate genes responsible for skin colouration in Salmo sp. using microarrays. Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference, San Diego, California, 2009-2010.


PALANDAČIĆ A, SIVKA U, SNOJ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S. Identification of candidate genes involved in skin colouration in Salmo sp. by microarray analysis. European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Torino, Italy, 2009.


SIVKA U, PALANDAČIĆ A, SNOJ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S. Microarray analysis of candidate genes involved in skin colouration and colour pattern formation in trout (Salmo sp.). Joint Congress of the Slovenian Biochemical Society and the Genetic Society of Slovenia with International Participation, Otočec, Slovenia, 2009.


PALANDAČIĆ A, SUŠNIK BAJEC S, SNOJ A. Phylogeny, population genetic and biology of the genus Delminichthys. Joint Congress of the Slovenian Biochemical Society and the Genetic Society of Slovenia with International Participation, Otočec, Slovenia, 2009.


AMBROŽIČ J, PALANDAČIĆ A, TRKOV M, GRABNAR M. Ciprofloxacin resistance, virulence determinants and phylogenetic background of uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolates from general practice patients in Slovenia. European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Barcelona, Spain, 2008.


FIŠER C, BOGDAN A, GAL M, HORVAT M, KEBER R, KEREŽI V, KOVAČEC Ž, LUŠTRIK R, MOŠKRIČ A, NOVAK S, OGOREVC E, PALANDAČIĆ A, PETKOVSKA V, PUSTOVRH M, SEČEN T, SLANA D, ŠKRGET M, TURJAK M, POTOČNIK H, SKET B. Teaching speleobiology for understanding biology: an ecology case study (interaction of surface and subterranean amphipods in springs). 19th International Symposium of Subterranean Biology, Fremantle, Western Australia, 2008.




PALANDAČIĆ A. Molecular ecology of imotska gaovica (Delminichthys adspersus (Heckel, 1843)): doctoral dissertation. Ljubljana: [A. Palandačić], 2012. XIII, 75 str., [6] f. pril., ilustr.


PALANDAČIĆ A. Imotska gaovica mala ali čudesna [Imotska gaovica - small but wonderful]: brochure. Ljubljana: Department of Animal Science, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, 2011.


PRPAR S, KUNEJ T, PUSTOVRH G, PALANDAČIĆ A, SIVKA U, PETRIČ N, DOVČ P. Study literature for Biotechnology studies. Domžale: Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Animal Science, 2011.


PALANDAČIĆ A. Skrivnostne gaovice. Trdoživ, 2012, letn. 1, št. 1, str. 19, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 3265416]

Reviewer for the ERC (European Research Council) 2020 -

Co-organizer of ConsGen18: Third Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics 2018 in Vienna

Reviewer on Synthesys Panel in Natural History Museum Prague, Czech Republic, 2014

1. zoology

Ahnelt Harald
associate scientist
Auer Helga
project researcher ECSA 2024
Bacher Florian
project researcher
Balaka Pia
Berg Hans-Martin
collection manager
Bibl Alexander
collection manager
Bogutskaya Nina
associate scientist
Chai Min
Project researcher
Duda Michael
Project researcher
Engelmaier Gernot
associate scientist
Ernst Karin
project researcher
Franzke Jennifer
associate scientist
Friedrich Rok
Project researcher
Gassner Georg
collection manager
Grillitsch Heinz
associate scientist
Grunstra Nicole D. S.
affiliated scientist
Haring Melina
Hengl Marietta
project researcher
Herzig Barbara
associate scientist
Illek Robert
head taxidermist
Kamschal Denise
technical assistant
Kirchner Sandra
Poject researcher for TETTRIs, Laboratory manager
Langnitschke Tim
scientific assistant
Leeb Christoph
project researcher „C321083 Biodiversitätsfonds“
Mikschi Ernst
head of department
Querner Pascal
Project researcher
Reier Susanne
Project researcher
Renner Swen
curator, senior scientist
Riedel Bettina
staff scientist & assistant to the head of department (1. zoology)
Rubin Iris
model and diorama builder
Saliari Konstantina
curator, staff scientist
Schedl Benjamin
project researcher Harrison Collection
Schiller Katharina
employee project digitization (currently on parental leave)
Schweiger Silke
curator, staff scientist
Sonnleitner Ria
project researcher "Gefährliche Fauna " (ÖBH)"
Sontag Walter, A.
associate scientist
Stefke Katharina
staff scientist
Stückler Susanne
project researcher "Synthesys"
Sumasgutner Petra
associate scientist
van den Elzen Renate
associate scientist
Viehauser Christof
scientific assistant
Wallner Nathalie
Administrative management, taxidermist
Witthoff Ronja
Wolf Paul
Project researcher
Wöss Günther
scientific assistant
Zachos Frank Emmanuel
curator, staff scientist