Dr. Ankica Kondić Špika, graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, and has a
Master’s degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding. From 1995 to 2001 she worked at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, as a scholar of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia. She performed a one-year specialization in the field of molecular biology and plant transformation between 2000–2001, at ICGEB, in New Delhi, India. In 2001, she worked as a biotechnologist at the Department for Small Grains. Ankica was the project manager of two national projects, and team coordinator in eight international projects from different programs (FP7, COST, EPPN, EMPHASIS). In 2005, she defended her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. Ankica is a member of FESPB, EUCARPIA, ECPGR wheat working group, Serbian Genetics Society, Serbian Plant Physiology Society, Serbian Association of Food Technologists, the Editorial Board of national journal “Ratarstvo i povrtarstvo”, and international journal “Genetika”. Presently, she is the Head of the Biotechnology Laboratory within the Department of Small Grains.