Institute of Physiology

# Publications


# Projects


# Team Members


Founded in 2005 as part of the Faculty of Medicine University of Maribor, members of our institute have since tackled many open questions in the field of physiology and in teaching new generations of scientists and health professionals.


Our team effort is focused on answering open questions in the field of physiology, especially in research of pancreatic Islets of Langerhans. We use state-of-the-art imaging techniques and cutting edge tools from the theory of complex networks to tackle these questions.

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We are also involved in the teaching of physiology to undergraduate and graduate students at the Faculty of Medicine, and in teaching of various physiology-related subjects at other faculties at the University of Maribor, Medical University of Vienna and elsewhere.

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We collaborate with other faculties and institutes in Slovenia and abroad. Among our tightest partnerships are the Medical Faculty of Vienna, the University of Szeget, and the Alberta Diabetes Center in Canada.

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We are a multidisciplinary team with members from the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine, biology, pharmacology and physics.

Nika Polšak

The newest member of our team. Loves reading criminal stories and is an enthusiastic volleyball player.

Andraž Stožer

Senior team member and head of the department of physiology.

Marjan Slak Rupnik

Full professor and senior team member who started our institute.

Jurij Dolenšek

Senior team member, electrophysiology and calcium imaging expert.

Maša Skelin Klemen

Senior member of our team. Aerial joga enthusiast who likes to construct things.

Lidija Križančić Bombek

Senior team member and big sports enthusiast.

Rudi Mlakar

Sports enthusiast who keeps our lab running smoothly.

Jasmina Kerčmar

Veterinarian who loves mountains, hiking and is a passionate coin collector.

Viljem Pohorec

Resident expert in laboratory mice.

Marko Gosak

Computational physicist, family man and sports enthusiast.

Marko Šterk

Junior member of our lab and PhD candidate in Physics who likes web development and electronics.

Eva Paradiž Leitgeb

Young researcher and PhD student who loves to travel

Nastja Sluga

Young researcher and PhD student who loves cycling and bonsai trees.

Jan Kopecky

Junior lab member, PhD student, science and nature enthusiast.

Dean Korošak

Full Professor and senior team member.

Maruša Rošer

Loves DIY projects and helps keep our lab running smoothly.


We currently run several research projects funded by either the Slovenian Research Agency or in collaboration with research agencies abroad.

All projects
Topological connectivity of microvascular networks and its alteration in diabetes and associated morbidities

Project leader: izr. prof. dr. Marko Gosak

The role of cyclic adenosine monophosphate in normal beta cell physiology and during development of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Project leader: Andraž Stožer

Multilayer network analysis of collective cellular activity in normal and diabetic pancreatic islets

Project leader: Marko Gosak

Interactive physiological simulator QuantiPhy - project with students

Project leader: University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine


We regularly publish our research in top international peer-reviewed journals. Have a look at the latest publications or check out the entire list.

All publications
Biophysical Journal
Functional characteristics of hub and wave-initiator cells in β cell networks

Marko Šterk et al.

Journal of Visualized Experiments
Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy of Calcium Dynamics in Acute Mouse Pancreatic Tissue Slices - video guide

Andraž Stožer et al.

Journal of Visualized Experiments
Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy of Calcium Dynamics in Acute Mouse Pancreatic Tissue Slices

Andraž Stožer et al.

Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Assessing the origin and velocity of Ca2+ waves in three-dimensional tissue: Insights from a mathematical model and confocal imaging in mouse pancreas tissue slices

Marko Šterk et al.


Here are some recent updates and news about our lab and team members.

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Blog, Media
Raziskave celic, ključnih za inzulin (SLO)
Blog, Science, News
New super-resolution STED microscope
Blog, Science, News
Successful PhD thesis defense of Viljem Pohorec
Science, News
Krka Prize Award for Master Thesis - Jan Kopecky


Take a look at some of the events and places our team members have visited!

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Contact Us

The Institute of Physiology is located at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maribor. The exact address is Taborska ulica 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia.
If you wish to contact us feel free to use the contact form below or give as a call.