Lejla Pašić, PhD
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr. Lejla Pasic is a microbiologist, and an assistant professor in the field of microbiology and parasitology at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. She received her PhD in Biomedicine from the Medical Faculty of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Dr. Pasic’s interests include exploration of diversity and ecological function of prokaryotes in natural environments of aquatic (groundwater and hypersaline waters of marine origin) and subterranean origin. Understanding microbial complexity is extraordinarily difficult, but essential to predict issues of paramount importance for the Mankind such as the emergence of new pathogens. She combines her findings to gain insight into structure of microbial communities, their biotechnological potential and patterns of horizontal genetic exchange (e.g. spread of antibiotic resistances).
Currently, Dr. Pasic leads a project of exploring the microbiome in autistic patients at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. She is also a mother to two children, one of which has diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.