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Dr. Miljan Simonovic
Associate Professor

  • B.S., Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, 1995
  • Faculty of Chemistry University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (Advisor: Prof. Vukić Šoškić)
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, 2002 Department of Biochemistry University of Illinois at Chicago (Advisor: Prof. Peter G.W. Gettins)
  • Postdoctoral training, 2003-2008, Prof. Thomas A. Steitz Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Yale University

Honors and Awards:
The Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University
The Dean's Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago
The University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Serbian Chemical Society Award
The Department of Biochemistry Award, University of Belgrade

Research Program:
More information on our research program can be found at:


Selected Publications

Schmidt RL and Simonović M (2012) Synthesis and decoding of selenocysteine and human health, Cro. Med. J. 53, 535-550.

Ling J, Peterson KM, Simonović I, Söll D, Simonović M (2012) The mechanism of pre-transfer editing in yeast mitochondrial threonyl-tRNA synthetases, J. Biol. Chem., 287, 28518-28525.

Ling J, Peterson KM, Simonović I, Cho C, Söll D, Simonović M (2012) Yeast mitochondrial threonyl-tRNA synthetase recognizes tRNA isoacceptors by distinct mechanisms and promotes CUN codon reassignment, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 109, 3281-3286.

Palioura S, Sherrer RL, Steitz TA, Söll D, Simonović M (2009) Human SepSecS-tRNASec complex reveals the mechanism of selenocysteine formation, Science, 325, 321-325.


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Office: 312-996-0059
Lab: 312-996-0077


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