Damjana obtained her PhD in 2009 jointly from the University of Paris XI and University of Ljubljana in biological sciences. During her three years of postdoctoral research at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK, she worked on the establishment of high-throughput screening systems employing recombinant antibodies as part of EC FP7 consortium. Afterwards, she decided to pursue an independent project in cancer research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, where she currently leads a project investigating the use of nanobodies (a special type of naturally occurring antibodies with unique properties) for novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications. She also serves as a member of the PhD selection committee and thesis advisory board.
As a docent, Damjana lectures on the topic of molecular biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg. Apart from her lectures, she enjoys training students and scientists to improve their scientific presentation and communication skills. Based on her rich personal experiences from working in several international research institutes, she has conceived a new lecture series entitled: “How to choose the right lab for your PhD?”. Joining the hfp consulting team is a great opportunity for Damjana to share her leadership experiences in science with the broader scientific community.