Roman Štukelj is a member of the Expert Council and expert associate of the Institute. He is a member of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana and an associate member of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics, Chair of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. The scope of his work includes properties of cell and phospholipid membranes with special emphasis on small (anisotropic) structures such as extracellular vesicles and nanotubes. Extracellular vesicles are considered as transport systems within the body and were found to play an important role in different physiological and patophysiological processes such as thrombosis, inflammation, promotion of cancer and autoimmune disorders. Assessment of the concentration of extracellular vesicles in the isolates from peripheral blood underlays diagnostic methods for different widespread diseases (e.g. cancer, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases), which may supplement or replace invasive procedures (e. g. biopsies), and estimate the risk for cardiovascular diseases. Roman Štukelj is a representative of Slovenia at the European Initiative COST (BM1202) - European Network on Microvesicles and Exosomes in Health and Disease (ME-Had) and a member of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV).
His interest in cannabis started when he recognized its potential therapeutic benefits, by studying the literature. He is studying influence of different cannabinoids on the cell membrane and linking it with knowledge on mechanisms of formation and manipulation of extracellular vesicles. Also he published articles related to cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. He is attending professional meetings and conferences at home and abroad.
Roman Štukelj graduated at the Department of Food Science, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana. He was given the Prešeren award for students at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ljubljana and Krka award for his extended B. Sc. thesis. He completed postgraduate education - the interdisciplinary study of Biosciences at the Doctoral School of the University of Ljubljana. He defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Ljubljana, subject to the field of Nanoscience.