Dr. Jadranka Boljunčić, research associate
Jadranka Boljunčić was born in Zagreb where she was educated and graduated from the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb. She gained her master’s (MA) and PhD degree also at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb.
Jadranka Boljunčić has been employed at the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb. In 2008 she was elected a Research Associate in Humanities at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Zagreb. She participated in long term scientific projects on medieval archaeological heritage in Croatia [Medieval archaeological heritage of continental Croatia and Medieval archaeological heritage of Croatia (5 – 17 century) (197-1970677-0676)]. She also participated in dozens of international congresses in both Europe and Africa.
Jadranka Boljunčić continued her professional development abroad (Bosnia and Herzegovina) working at the International Commission on Missing Persons in Lukavac near Tuzla (2006), where she volunteered as a forensic anthropology intern in the identification of the Srebrenica 1995 massacre victims.
Boljunčić participated in a variety of researches: from archaeology, over historiographic and standard bioarchaeological/paleopathological studies to molecular and paleoradiological (CT) analyses, the latter mainly in collaboration with the Clinical Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology of the University Hospital „Sestre milosrdnice“ in Zagreb, continuing with her research on stable isotopes in collaboration with the “Ruđer Bošković” Institute in Zagreb, and “Jožef Štefan” Institute in Ljubljana, introducing, as well, some new researches not often seen in Croatian bioarchaeology.
Jadranka Boljunčić has lately paid her attention particularly to the research on rare cases in bioarchaeology – some of which being unique cases on a global view.
Among other, J. Boljunčić was a scholar of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York), Swedish Institute, and was especially granted by Afrolympic Travel Foundation (South Africa) for her work on Vindija Neanderthals and Velika pećina hominid(s) on the recommendation of Professor dr. Philip V. Tobias.
Boljunčić was also invited to participate, as an author, i.e. co-author, in the archaeological exhibition “Zvonimirovo and Josipovo – Zvonimirovo and Josipovo, Graveyards from the Croatian Early Mediaeval Period in the Virovitica-Podravina County” by Prof. dr. Željko Tomičić. She has been a member of the “Paleoanthropology Society“ (Arlington VA, SAD) and Croatian anthropological society, and others as well.
Jadranka Boljunčić is a polyglot, also an ex-student of Portuguese language at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Zagreb
Boljunčić's scientific interests vary from historiography, over bioarchaeological/paleopathological studies to molecular bioarchaeology. Lately, she is most interested in paleoradiology (CT) investigating the inner structure of human bones and teeth remains from various historical periods in collaboration with distinguished radiologists, as well as in the studies on stable isotopes and other most advanced research methods in bioarchaeology.