Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division

RepFail: Understanding Replication Failure in Animal Research – Lack of Scientific Rigor, Low Statistical Power, or Standardization?

Dr. Ivana Jaric

Advanced postdoc

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Postal Address
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Länggassstrasse 120
3012 Bern

Current research

  • Environmentally induced behavioral and neural plasticity: The role of epigenetic mechanisms
  • The effects of rearing environment on behavioural and physiological phenotype of mice
  • Natural variation in stress response from molecular to behavioral levels

More Info: RepFail Project


I earned my PhD degree in Biology in December 2013 at Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Research part of my PhD thesis was done at Institute for Biological Research and aimed to investigate the effects of phytoestrogens of natural origin on the female reproductive system during two hormonal sensitive windows of exposure (immature and middle-aged) in rats. Thereafter I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the same Institute where the core of my research was the assessing of the efficiency and safety of dietary polyphenols on the rat neuroendocrine system.

From 2016 I had been working as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neuroepigenetic Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University, New York City. My postdoctoral research was directed toward understanding of whether the estrous cycle and fluctuating estrogen levels have significant effects on anxiety-like behavior in mice and whether these effects are mediated via epigenetic mechanisms. Another project I had been working on examined the causal link between combined early life stress and adolescent stress and later life neurobehavioral outcomes in mice and explored the role of epigenetic mechanisms in mediating these effects.

Since December 2018, I have been working as postdoctoral researcher at Division of Animal Welfare, University of Bern. As a team member of RepFail Project, I am investigating the effects of the rearing environment on phenotype of mice from behavior to the molecular level.

For the full publication list, please check here.