Prof. Nenad Pavin

Professor of Physics at the Faculty of Science University of Zagreb (Department of Physics)

Fields of interest:
Biophysics of cells, Microtubules and molecular motors, Mitotic spindles

Five selected publications:

  • J. Kajtez, A. Solomatina, M. Novak, B. Polak, K. Vukusic, J. Rudiger, G. Cojoc, A. Milas, I Sumanovac Sestak, P. Risteski, F. Tavano, A.H. Klemm, E. Roscioli, J. Welburn, D. Cimini, M. Gluncic, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolic.
    Overlap microtubules link sister k-fibers and balance the forces on bioriented kinetochores.
    Nat. Commun. 7, 10298 (2016).
  • M. Gluncic, N. Maghelli, A. Krull, V. Krstic, D. Ramunno-Johnson, N. Pavin, and I.M. Tolic.
    Kinesin-8 Motors Improve Nuclear Centering by Promoting Microtubule Catastrophe.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 078103 (2015).
  • V. Ananthanarayanan, M. Schattat, S.K. Vogel, A. Krull, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolic-Norrelykke.
    Dynein motion switches from diffusive to directed upon cortical anchoring.
    Cell 153, 1526-1536 (2013).
  • I. Kalinina, A. Nandi, P. Delivani, M Chacón, A. Klemm, D. Ramunno-Johnson, A. Krull, B. Lindner, N. Pavin, I.M. Tolic-Norrelykke.
    Pivoting of microtubules around the spindle pole accelerates kinetochore capture.
    Nat. Cell Biol. 15, 82-87 (2013).
  • L. Laan, N. Pavin, J.Husson, G. Romet-Lemonne, M. van Duijn, M. Preciado López, R. D. Vale, F. Jülicher, S. L. Reck-Peterson and M. Dogterom.
    Cortical Dynein Controls Microtubule Dynamics to Generate Pulling Forces that Position Microtubule Asters.
    Cell 148, 502 (2012)

Scientific projects:

  • 2015- Collaborator at the Scientific Center of Excellence for Quantum and Complex Systems – QuantiX
  • 2013-2017 Co-principal investigator of the project Kinetochore oscillations in mitotic metaphase funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (research grant together with Iva Tolić).
  • 2013-2015 Principal investigator of a project The role of microtubule pivoting in formation of complex structures such as microtubule bundles and mitotic spindles funded by the Unity through Knowledge Fund (research grant together with Iva Tolić).


    • Tel: ++385 1 4605663
    • Location: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
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