Metka Filipic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She completed the B.S. degree in food technology in 1978, the M.S. degree in microbiology in 1986 and obtained a Ph.D. degree in biology in 1996 at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was employed as a Researcher in biotechnology in the pharmaceutical company Lek in Ljubljana from 1978 till 1987 when she got the position of the Head of the Laboratory for Genetic Toxicology at the National Public Health Institute in Ljubljana. In 1996, she joined the Department for Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology at the National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and since 2002 she has been the Head of the department. In 2001, she was a Visiting Researcher at Centre for Radiological Research, Columbia University, NY, USA. She is also an Associate Professor of toxicology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. She is mainly interested in genetic toxicology; in particular her interest is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of environmental and food borne genotoxins, new emerging contaminants such as nanoparticles and residues of pharmaceuticals in the environment as well as on the mechanisms of chemoprevention of cancer and DNA damage by natural and dietary factors. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Radiology and Oncology and a Member of Scientific Panel on Contaminants in Food Chain at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Biography Updated on 5 April 2011