Jelena Patrnogić

Dr. Jelena Patrnogić

Curriculum Fellow, Landry Cancer Biology Consortium
Lecturer, Department of Cell Biology, HMS

Jelena Patrnogić is the Curriculum Fellow for the Landry Cancer Biology Consortium (LCBC), an educational consortium that brings together students and faculty across Harvard and its affiliates, interested in cancer biology research.

Jelena’s role as a CF for the LCBC is multifaceted, providing the Consortium with programmatic and administrative support. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing professional development programming
  • Collaborating with course directors and faculty in planning and designing the curriculum
  • Providing instructional support and coordinating cancer biology related courses
  • Advising students during their graduate training

In addition to her service work, Jelena’s scholarship includes various projects and collaborations across HMS, including work on the HMS Rigor, Reproducibility and Responsibility (R3) initiative and Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR). Jelena’s interests include graduate training programs, skills development, and higher education administration.


PhD in Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Biology, University of Strasbourg, France
MSc in Molecular Biology and Physiology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
BSc in Molecular Biology and Physiology, University of Belgrade, Serbia


Instructor, George Washington University, Washington DC 2017-2019
Planned, designed and taught various courses for science and non-science majors.

  • Scientific Reasoning and Discovery: Science of Microbes HONR1033, and Genetics HONR1034
  • The Biology of Nutrition and Health BISC1005
  • Ecology and Evolution of Organisms BISC1006
  • Introductory Microbiology BISC2337
  • Introduction to Biomolecular Research BISC1120

Director of Harlan Undergraduate Summer Research Program, George Washington University, Washington DC 2018-2019
Plan, organized and executed the undergraduate summer research program.

Postdoctoral Scientist, George Washington University, Washington DC 2015-2017


  • Patrnogic J, Heryanto C, Ozakman Y, Eleftherianos I. Transcript analysis reveals the involvement of NF-kB transcription factors for the activation of TGF-b signaling in nematode-infected Drosophila. Immunogenetics. July 2019. doi: 10.1007/s00251-019-01119-8
  • Patrnogic J, Castillo JC, Shokal U, Yadav S, Kenney E, Heryanto C, Ozakman Y, Eleftherianos I. Pre-exposure to non-pathogenic bacteria does not protect Drosophila against the entomopathogenic bacterium Photorhabdus. PLoS One. October 2018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205256
  • Patrnogic J, Heryanto C, Eleftherianos I. Transcriptional up-regulation of the TGF-β intracellular signaling transducer Mad of Drosophila larvae in response to parasitic nematode infection. Innate Immunity. August 2018. doi: 10.1177/1753425918790663.
  • Patrnogic J, Heryanto C, Eleftherianos I. Wounding-induced upregulation of the Bone Morphogenic Protein signaling pathway in Drosophila promotes survival against parasitic nematode infection. Gene. June 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2018.06.052.
  • Eleftherianos I, Yadav S, Kenney E, Cooper D, Ozakman Y, Patrnogic J. Role of Endosymbionts in Insect-Parasitic Nematode Interactions. Trends in Parasitology. May 2018. doi: 10.1017/
  • Patrnogic J, Leclerc V. The serine protease homolog spheroide is involved in sensing of pathogenic Gram-positive bacteria. PLoS One. December 2017. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188339
  • I. Eleftherianos, Casillo JC, Patrnogic J. TGF-β signaling regulates resistance to parasitic nematode infection in Drosophila melanogaster. Immunobiology. December 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.imbio.2016.07.011.

Contact Information

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