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Marisa Skaljac



Telefon: +49 641 99-37747

E-Mail: marisa.skaljac@ime.fraunhofer.de

Raum: 738

Gebäude: HBR58


Seit 2017 Gruppenleiter am Fraunhofer IME, Gießen
07/2015-01/2017 Postdoc am Fraunhofer IME, Gießen
06/2014-06/2015 Postdoc, Institut für Phytopathologie und angewandte Zoologie,  JLU Gießen, Deutschland.
12/2012-06/2014 Postdoc, Institute for Adriatic Crops, Kroatien
10/2010-03/2012 Mitglied im Management Komitee, COST FA0701
02/2009-06/2010 Doktorandin, Volcani center (Department of Entomology), Israel
06/2008-12/2012 Doktorandin, Universität Zagreb, Kroatien
03/2008-12/2012 Doktorandin, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Institute for Adriatic Crops, Kroatien
01/2008 Diplom in Biologie und Chemie, Universität Split, Kroatien


  • Gen-Silencing bei Aphidoidea
  • Wirkung von Antibiotika auf bakterielle Symbionten von Blattläusen
  • Insekt-Symbiont Interaktion
  • Diversität und Lokalisation von bateriellen Symbionten in Insekten
  • Übertragung von bakteriellen Symbionten
  • Funktionsanalyse von bateriellen Symbionten


Dr. Marisa Skaljac, group leader

Phillipp Kirfel, PhD student

Jens Grotmann, technical asisstent

Olga Lang, technical asisstent

Maximillian Seip, technical asisstent

Svenja Thöneböhn, student helper (HiWi)


Skaljac M, Vogel H, Wielsch N, Mihajlovic S, Vilcinskas A (Forthcoming 2019) Transmission of a protease-secreting bacterial symbiont among pea aphids via host plants. Frontiers in Physiology,
Heep J, Klaus A, Kessel T, Seip M, Vilcinskas A, Skaljac M (2019) Proteomic Analysis of the Venom from the Ruby Ant Myrmica rubra and the Isolation of a Novel Insecticidal Decapeptide Insects, 10 (2)
Skaljac M, Kirfel P, Grotmann J, Vilcinskas A (2018) Fitness costs of infection with Serratia symbiotica are associated with greater susceptibility to insecticides in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Pest management science, 74 (8) , 1829-1836.
Baumann A, Skaljac M, Lehmann R, Vilcinskas A, Franta Z (2017) Urate Oxidase produced by Lucilia sericata medical maggots is localized in Malpighian tubes and facilitates allantoin production Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 83 , 44-53.
Luna-Ramirez K, Skaljac M, Grotmann J, Kirfel P, Vilcinskas A (2017) Orally Delivered Scorpion Antimicrobial Peptides Exhibit Activity against Pea Aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) and Its Bacterial Symbionts. Toxins, 9 (9)
Skaljac M, Kanakala S, Zanic K, Puizina J, Pleic IL, Ghanim M (2017) Diversity and Phylogenetic Analyses of Bacterial Symbionts in Three Whitefly Species from Southeast Europe. Insects, 8 , 113.
Will T, Schmidtberg H, Skaljac M, Vilcinskas A (2017) Heat shock protein 83 plays pleiotropic roles in embryogenesis, longevity, and fecundity of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Development Genes and Evolution, 227 (1) , 1-9.
Skaljac M (2016) Bacterial Symbionts of Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae). , in Biology and Ecology of Aphids, Vilcinskas A (Eds.) , 100–126. CRC Press:
Kliot A, Kontsedalov S, Lebedev G, Brumin M, Cathrin PB, Marubayashi JM, Skaljac M, Belausov E, Czosnek H, Ghanim M (2014) Fluorescence in situ hybridizations (FISH) for the localization of viruses and endosymbiotic bacteria in plant and insect tissues Journal of Visualized Experiments, 84 e51030
Prijovic M, Skaljac M, Drobnjakovic T, Zanic K, Peric P, Marcic D, Puizina J (2014) Genetic variation of the greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae), among populations from Serbia and neighbouring countries, as inferred from COI sequence variability Bulletin of entomological research, 104 , 357–366.
Skaljac M, Zanić K, Hrnčić S, Radonjić S, Perović T, Ghanim M. (2013) Diversity and localization of bacterial symbionts in three whitefly species (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) from the east coast of the Adriatic Sea Bulletin of entomological research, 103 (1) , 48–59.
Gottlieb Y, Zchori-Fein E, Mozes-Daube N, Kontsedalov S, Skaljac M, Brumin M, Sobol I, Czosnek H, Vavre F, Fleury F, Ghanim M (2010) The transmission efficiency of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci is correlated with the presence of a specific symbiotic bacterium species Journal of Virology, 84 (18) , 9310–9317.
Skaljac M, Ghanim M (2010) Tomato yellow leaf curl disease and the plant-virus vector interactions Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, 58 , 103–111.
Skaljac M, Zanic K, Goreta Ban S, Konstedalov S, Ghanim M (2010) Co-infection and localization of secondary symbionts in two whitefly species BMC Microbiology, 10:142 , 1–15.