Vanda Juranic Lisnic, PhD
Vanda obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb in 2006. In 2013 she defended her PhD thesis in the field of immunology at Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka. During her PhD she performed detailed transcriptomic analysis of murine cytomegalovirus by combining classical cDNA library analysis with next generation sequencing. Recently, Vanda’s research revolved around two topics: 1) the impact of CMV infection on ovaries, and shorth and long-term consequences such infection on ongoing pregnancy and fertility in general, and 2) mechanisms by which CMVs manipulate MHC I molecules to evade NK and T cells.
She has published over 20 scientific papers in high quality scientific journals, 2 book chapters and has presented her work in numerous international scientific congresses. For her work, Vanda received multiple awards, including the Award for the best young scientist in biomedical field in 2013 awarded by University of Rijeka Science Foundation, and “Patricia Shaffer Award” for the best young speaker at International Herpesvirus Workshop in Kobe 2014. She has held Croatian Science foundation grant, and German Science foundation (DFG) collaborative grant, as well as several University of Rijeka Science Foundation grants.