Prof. dr. Janez Plavec is the head of the Slovenian NMR center and Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Ljubljana. He obtained his diploma degree (B.Sc.) in 1987 at the UL Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and received his M. Sc. degree in 1990 at the same faculty. His Ph.D. degree was conferred by Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden in 1995. He was a Fulbright fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA in 2002. He has co-authored over 230 original scientific papers, over 100 invited lectures at international conferences, was a mentor of 17 graduate students. In 2017, he was awarded the Zois award for Excellent Achievements in structural studies of nucleic acids with nuclear magnetic resonance, and in 2018 the Prize for Excellence by Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists.
His recent projects have been focused on structure and dynamics of G-rich DNA segments, NMR spectroscopic studies of small (organic) molecules and biomolecular systems, cation binding and interactions of small molecules with nucleic acids, structural characterization of prion proteins in relation to prion disease, etc. He has coordinated and led several projects including establishment of EN-FIST Centre of Excellence. He is a member of the Slovenian Chemical Society, American Chemical Society, AAAS and IS3NA. He is a member of Board of Directors of CERIC ERIC.