I am a passionate biologists with ambition to create connections between biology, technology, economy and social sciences. With this ambition I arrived at the EPFL in 2015 to create/develop/enrich/animate Biomimetic and Bio-inspired research, education and links with the industry on the topic. For more info see our web page: bioinpired.epfl.ch
My PhD (2010-2013) focused on social behaviors in microorganisms, within which I studied the problems of competition within a social group and conflict of individual over group interests. Second axe of my research looked at how nature adapts to ever-changing and unpredictable environments. The similarities between nature and business faced problems have been recognized by a multinational investment banking firm AXA, who financed my research (AXA Research Fund).
I am passionate about the science of creativity which I put in practice whatever I work on. I am a certified Bio-TRIZ practitioner, mixing together techniques of creativity and a biomimicry approach.
Combining biology, physics and mathematics I obtained a PhD in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Evolutionary Biology - 2013. (University Paris Descartes, Paris). I also hold a Master degree in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences - 2010. (University Paris Descartes, Paris) and in Molecular Biology - 2009. (University of Zagreb, Croatia).
I am very interested in education and transmission of information and knowledge by using new education techniques such as; peer to peer learning, learning by doing, project based learning, creative and critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning. In this spirit I co-created in 2007, with a group of biology and physics students, science workshops for kids called Summer Science Factory (www.tvornica-znanosti.org). The workshops are still gioing on, so I guess we made it!!
Fields of expertise
biomimicry, bio-inspired, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, cooperative behaviours, microbiology, interdisciplinary projects, creativity techniques
|BioTRIZ Training||BioTriz.org and University of Bath||26.-28.5.2015.|
|Coaching Flow Training||Syncro-Center for personal and professional development||20-28.11.2014.|
|Creating Interdisciplinary Research Projects Workshop||Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Paris) and Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (Split)||1 week in 2006., 2008. & 2009.|
|PhD Thesis: Quantitative evolutionary analysis of the life cycle of social amoebae||evolutionary biology, social amoebae, cooperative behaviours, bet-hedging||Universite Paris Descartes and Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire||2010-2013|
|Master 2 "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences"||Universite Paris Descartes Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity||2009-2010|
|Diplopma in Molecular Biology||University of Zagreb||2004-2009|
|D. Dubravcic, M. van Baalen, C. Nizak
F1000Research 2014, 3:133
|An Evolutionary Significant Unicellular Strategy in Response to Satvation Stress in Dyctiostelium Social Amoebea|
|D. Dubravcic and T. Miloevi?
Proceedings of NYEX Conference on Science of Education of Gifted Students (2007, Petnica). 57-66
|Summer Science Factory an Alternative Approach to Science Education|
Teaching & PhD
- Life Sciences Engineering,