Sergej Djuranovic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cell Biology and Physiology

Molecular Cell Biology Program
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program

  • (314)362-9706

  • (314)362-8936

  • (314)362-7463

  • 514 McDonnell Science Building



  • biochemistry, miRNA, RNA, Ribosome, translation, gene expression, translational control, cancer, malaria

  • Molecular mechanisms of translational control

Research Abstract:

Dr. Djuranovic`s research examines the cellular processes that are regulated by changes in RNA metabolism. The primary focus of his research are molecular mechanisms of gene expression control by miRNAs and RNA-binding proteins. Dr. Djuranovic group studies also mechanism of action as well as evolutionary conservation of RNA and protein motifs that regulate gene expression by direct interaction with protein synthesis machinery.

Selected Publications:

Pavlovic Djuranovic, S., Erath, J., Andrews, R. J., Bayguinov, P. O., Chung, J. J., Chalker, D. L., Fitzpatrick, J. A., Moss, W. N., Szczesny, P., and Djuranovic, S. (2020). Plasmodium falciparum translational machinery condones polyadenosine repeats. eLife, 9, e57799.

Verma, M., J. Choi, K. A. Cottrell, Z. Lavagnino, E. N. Thomas, S. Pavlovic-Djuranovic, P. Szczesny, D. W. Piston, H. S. Zaher, J. D. Puglisi and S. Djuranovic (2019). A short translational ramp determines the efficiency of protein synthesis. Nature Communications 10(1): 5774.

Erath, J., S. Djuranovic and S. P. Djuranovic (2019). Adaptation of Translational Machinery in Malaria Parasites to Accommodate Translation of Poly-Adenosine Stretches Throughout Its Life Cycle.; Frontiers in Microbiology 10: 2823.

Manasvi Verma, Junhong Choi, Kyle A Cottrell, Zeno Lavagnino, Erica N. Thomas, Slavica Pavlovic Djuranovic, Pawel Szczesny, David W Piston, Hani Zaher, Joseph D Puglisi, Sergej Djuranovic. Short translational ramp determines efficiency of protein synthesis. bioRxiv 571059;

Pavlovic Djuranovic S, Erath J, Andrews JR, Bayguinov OP, Chung JJ, Chalker LD, Fitzpatrick JAJ, Moss NW, Szczesny P, Djuranovic S. PolyA tracks and poly-lysine repeats are the Achilles heel of Plasmodium falciparum, bioRxiv 420109; doi:

Cottrell KA, Chaudhari HG, Cohen BA, Djuranovic S. PTRE-seq reveals mechanism and interactions of RNA binding proteins and miRNAs. Nature Communications, 9: 301, 2018 Jan 19

Cottrell KA, Szczesny P, Djuranovic S. Translation efficiency is a determinant of the magnitude of miRNA-mediated repression. Sci Rep. 2017 Nov 2;7(1):14884.

Arthur L. L., Chung J. J., Jankirama P., Keefer K. M., Kolotilin I., Pavlovic-Djuranovic S., Chalker D. L., Grbic V., Green R., Menassa R., True H. L., Skeath J. B, and Djuranovic S., Rapid generation of hypomorphic mutations. Nature Communications. 2017 8, 14112 doi:

Cottrell K.A., Djuranovic S., Urb-RIP - An Adaptable and Efficient Approach for Immunoprecipitation of RNAs and Associated RNAs/Proteins. 2016, PLoS One, 11(12):e0167877.

Habich M., Djuranovic S., Szczesny P., PATACSDB—the database of polyA translational attenuators in coding sequences. 2016, PeerJ Computer Science 2:e45

Daane JM, Rohner N, Konstantinidis P, Djuranovic S, Harris MP. Parallelism and Epistasis in Skeletal Evolution Identified through Use of Phylogenomic Mapping Strategies. Mol Biol Evol. 2015 Oct 8.

Arthur LL, Pavlovic-Djuranovic S, Smith-Koutmou K, Green R, Szczesny P, Djuranovic S. Translational control by lysine-encoding A-rich sequences. Science Adv. 2015 Jul;1(6).

Koutmou KS, Schuller AP, Brunelle JL, Radhakrishnan A, Djuranovic S, Green R. Ribosomes slide on lysine-encoding homopolymeric A stretches. Elife. 2015 Feb 19;4.

Hur JK, Zinchenko MK, Djuranovic S, Green R. Regulation of Argonaute slicer activity by guide RNA 3` end interactions with the N-terminal lobe. J Biol Chem. 2013 288(11):7829-40.

Djuranovic S, Nahvi A, Green R. miRNA-mediated gene silencing by translational repression followed by mRNA deadenylation and decay. Science. 2012 336(6078):237-40

Grbić M, Van Leeuwen T, Clark RM, Rombauts S, Rouz P, Grbić V, Osborne EJ, Dermauw W, Ngoc PC, Ortego F, Hernndez-Crespo P, Diaz I, Martinez M, Navajas M, Sucena , Magalhes S, Nagy L, Pace RM, Djuranović S, Smagghe G, Iga M, Christiaens O, Veenstra JA, Ewer J, Villalobos RM, Hutter JL, Hudson SD, Velez M, Yi SV, Zeng J, Pires-daSilva A, Roch F, Cazaux M, Navarro M, Zhurov V, Acevedo G, Bjelica A, Fawcett JA, Bonnet E, Martens C, Baele G, Wissler L, Sanchez-Rodriguez A, Tirry L, Blais C, Demeestere K, Henz SR, Gregory TR, Mathieu J, Verdon L, Farinelli L, Schmutz J, Lindquist E, Feyereisen R, Van de Peer Y. The genome of Tetranychus urticae reveals herbivorous pest adaptations. Nature. 2011 479(7374):487-92.

Djuranovic S, Nahvi A, Green R. A parsimonious model for gene regulation by miRNAs. Science. 2011;331(6017):550-3.

Varnay I, Truffault V, Djuranovic S, Ursinus A, Coles M, Kessler H. Optimized measurement temperature gives access to the solution structure of a 49 kDa homohexameric β-propeller. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 132(44):15692-8.

Djuranovic S, Zinchenko MK, Hur JK, Nahvi A, Brunelle JL, Rogers EJ, Green R. Allosteric regulation of Argonaute proteins by miRNAs. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2010 Feb;17(2):144-50.

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