Alenka Arbeiter was born on 3rd February 1984 in Slovenj Gradec. After completing elementary school, she enrolled in the Škofijska Gimnazija A. M. Slomška high school in Maribor. During the high school years and throughout her undergraduate studies at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (Department of Biology, molecular-biologic block), she was the recipient of the Zois scholarship. She graduated under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Dunja Bandelj, Ph.D. at the Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Olive Growing with the thesis Genetic Variability of Wild Figs (Ficus carica L.) in the Eastern Adriatic Region. She gained her first laboratory working experience at the Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Olive Growing, where she has been employed since January 2010.
Cooperation in research programmes and projects:
Programme of cross-border cooperation Slovenia – Croatia 2007 – 2013: ZOOB: Decreasing Pollution and Preservation of Biotic Versatility in Agriculture with an Emphasis on Olive Growing, 01.09.2009 - 31.03.2012 (www.zoob-oljke.si)
Target research project: Determination and Evaluation of Olive Genetic Resources in Slovenian National Collections by Using DNA Markers, 2010 - 2012.