Mario Kekez

dr. sc. Mario Kekez

Staff Scientist

Tel: +385 1 4606 233
Mail: mario.kekez[at]

2016. PhD degree, thesis on “Functional characterization of cytosolic seryl-tRNA synthetase from plant Arabidosis thaliana”, under mentorship of doc. dr. sc. Jasmina Rokov-Plavec, Division of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Zagreb

2006. Diploma in Biology, thesis on “Radioprotective effects of quercetin in mice”, under mentorship of prof. dr. sc. Nada Oršolić, Division of Animal Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Zagreb

Research interests
Functional characterization of cytosolic seryl-tRNA synthetase from plant Arabidosis thaliana, elucidation of its interaction partners in vivo and characterization of the interaction in vitro.

Importance of protein intrinsic conformational dynamics and transient nature of non-covalent interactions in ligand binding affinity
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 192 (2021), 692-700, doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2021.10.045
Mario Kekez; Vladimir Zanki; Ivan Antičević; Jasmina Rokov-Plavec; Aleksandra Maršavelski

Arabidopsis seryl‐tRNA synthetase: the first crystal structure and novel protein interactor of plant aminoacyl‐tRNA synthetase
The FEBS Journal (2018), doi: 10.1111/febs.14735
Kekez Mario; Zanki Vladimir; Kekez Ivana; Baranasic Jurica; Hodnik Vesna; Duchene Anne-Marie; Anderluh Gregor; Gruic Sovulj Ita; Matković-Čalogović Dubravka; Weygand Durasevic Ivana; Rokov Plavec Jasmina

Exclusive Cytosolic Localization and Broad tRNASer Specificity of Arabidopsis thaliana Seryl-tRNA Synthetase.
Journal of Plant Biology. 59 (2016); 44-54

Kekez Mario; Bauer Natasa; Saric Ela; Rokov-Plavec Jasmina.