Academic Rank:
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Biochemical Geneticist, Newborn Screening and Biochemical Genetics Labs, Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine, BCCH
Short Bio:

Dr. Rakić finished her BSc in organic chemistry from the University of Belgrade. She received an international fellowship for postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her PhD in biological chemistry where she studied the effects of small molecules’ on hepatitis C virus replication. She was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Withers at UBC where she investigated the function, mechanism, and kinetics of sialyltransferase enzymes. Currently, Dr. Rakić is a Biochemical Genetics Fellow and is interested in developing new methods for identifying inborn errors of metabolism of children and adults. She enjoys spending time with her kids, listening to music, cross country skiing and dinghy sailing.

Academic background

  • Fellowship (CCMG, Biochemical) University of British Columbia.  2015
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of British Columbia. 2012
  • PhD (Biological Chemistry), University of Ottawa / NRC. 2007
  • BSc (Chemistry), University of Belgrade, Serbia. 2000
Primary Research Area
Genetics, genomics proteomics and related approaches
Secondary Research Area
Scholarship of Teaching OR Education Research
Endocrinology, Metabolism & Nutrition

Research Interest

  • Clinical application of mass spectrometry for diagnosing inborn errors of metabolism
  • Case investigation of novel genes implicated in inborn errors of metabolism

My research focuses on clinical applications of mass spectrometry, including the development of plasma and urine amino acid methods for diagnosis of inborn errors of metabolism.

I am actively involved in the validation of new technologies and assays for use in biochemical genetics and newborn screening laboratories.

Teaching Interest

  • Course coordinator PATH 301