Dr. Ivan Pilipović
Immunology Research Centre “Branislav Janković”
Institute of Virology
Vaccines and Sera “Torlak”
Belgrade | Serbia
Ivan Pilipović is a senior researcher at the Immunology Research Centre “Branislav Janković” of the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak”. Working in a research group of Prof. Gordana Leposavić, he graduated in molecular biology and physiology from University of Belgrade-Faculty of Biology, and subsequently acquired a PhD degree in the field of neuroendocrine immunology. Over the career course, his research interests have mainly been focused on the modulatory role of catecholamines, primarily noradrenaline, in the immune system, ranging from thymic T-cell development, to the primary immune responses in the secondary lymphoid organs, to the effector immune responses in the target tissues. Aside from characterizing basic β- and α-adrenoceptor-mediated cellular and molecular mechanisms of noradrenergic immunomodulation, his research has generally been directed towards elucidating the contribution of these mechanisms to sex specificities in age-related changes affecting the immune system. His current work is aimed at clarifying the putative role of sex differences in peripheral and central noradrenaline action for the sexual dimorphism in development of acute experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a model of early inflammatory stage of multiple sclerosis.