UCL School of Pharmacy

Prof Jasmina Jovanovic

Prof Jasmina Jovanovic

Professor of Neuroscience


UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2012

Research summary

Many neurological and neurodegenerative diseases are initiated by impairments in the structure and function of synaptic connections in the nervous system. Dr. Jovanovic’s research is focused on GABAA receptors and their signalling and structural role in the formation and functional maturation of inhibitory synapses. Understanding the mechanisms that regulate the formation of inhibitory synapses during normal development is an essential step towards identifying changes leading to disease states and designing the appropriate therapeutic strategies.

Teaching summary

Postgraduate Teaching 

  • Director of the MSc Experimental Pharmacology & Therapeutics, a joint programme between the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL Division of Biosciences.
  • Module Leader of PHAY0028 - Investigative Pharmacology.
  • Module leader PHAY0051 - Experimental Pharmacology Research Project
  • Module leader PHAY0041 - Translational Neuroscience 
  • Supervision of MSc research projects.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Teaching on the “Body Systems and Therapeutics 3” component of the 2-year MPharm programme PHAY0008.
  • Module Leader PHAY0013-5B- The Aging brain and neurodegeneration
  • Supervision of research projects in the MPharm programme PHAY0060.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2017
The Rockefeller University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1998
University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1991


Dr. Jasmina N. Jovanovic received her BSc in Molecular Biology and Physiology from the Faculty of Science, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and her PhD in Neuroscience from the Rockefeller University, USA. During the course of her PhD, Dr. Jovanovic studied the mechanisms involved in the neurotrophin-dependent regulation of neurotransmitter release. She was a recipient of The John S. Segal Memorial Fellowship Award and The Rockefeller University Karolinska Institute Exchange Program Award. Following a short postdoctoral appointment at The Rockefeller University, Dr. Jovanovic was awarded The Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship to join the Department of Pharmacology, at UCL, where she studied the regulation of GABAA receptor phosphorylation, function and trafficking. As a recipient of The Grass Fellowship in Neuroscience in 2001, and The Grass Foundation Faculty Award in 2004, Dr. Jovanovic worked as a summer investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Jovanovic was appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy in 2003, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.