Martin is interested in understanding the entanglement of epithelial tissue, immune system, and microbiome during mucosal organogenesis and their interconnectedness during host-pathogen interactions.  After receiving his PhD in biomedical technology from the Medical faculty, University of Maribor, Slovenia he joined the Sanjabi lab to investigate the mechanisms involved during chronic viral infections through biomimetic 3D modeling and the use of iPS cells. He is passionate about music composition and art as much as he is about science and nature.


2010 - Young Researcher PhD scholarship awarded by the Slovenian research Agency (ARRS)


Trapecar M, Goropevsek A, Gorenjak M, Gradisnik L, Rupnik M. A co-culture model of the developing small intestine offers new insight in the early immunomodulation of enterocytes and macrophages by lactobacillus spp. through Stat1 and Nf-kB p65 translocation. Plos One, 9(1), 1-8. 2014

Gorenjak M, Gradisnik L, Trapecar M, Pistello M, Pinto Kozmus C, Skorjanc D, Skok P, Langerholc T, Cencic A. Improvement of lipid profile by probiotic/protective cultures : study in a non-carcinogenic small intestinal cell model.The New Microbiologica, 37(1), 51-64. 2014

Kocic H, Langerholc T, Trapecar M. Novel metabolic roles of L-arginine in body energy metabolism and possible clinical applications. The Journal of nutrition, health and aging, 18(2), 213-218. 2014

Kelc R., Trapecar M, Vogrin M, Cencic A. Skeletal muscle derived cell cultures as potent models in regenerative medicine research. Muscle & Nerve, 47(4), 477-482. 2013

Trapecar M, Cencic A. Application of gut cell models for toxicological and bioactivity studies of functional and novel foods. Foods, 1(1), 40-51. 2012

Trapecar M, Goropevsek A, Zbontar Zver L, Cencic A. Natural mineral waters enhance the intestinal health and stimulate anti-inflammatory immune response in functional cell model of a noncancerogenic human gut. Journal of food research, 1(2), 217-223. 2012

Gorenjak M, Trapecar M, Gradisnik L, Skok P, Cencic A. (2012) A Novel polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based assay for authentication of cell lines or tissues from human, pig and chicken origin. Journal of bioscience and biotechnology, 1(1), 1-7. 2012

Trapecar M, Leouffre T, Faure M, Jensen HE, Granum PE, Cencic A, Hardy SP. The Use of a porcine intestinal cell model system for evaluating the food safety risk of Bacillus cereus probiotics and the implications for assessing enterotoxigenicity. APMIS, 119(12), 877-884. 2011