Ioanna received her BSc in Biological Sciences in 2018 from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. She performed her Bachelor’s thesis project on potential treatments against triple-negative breast cancer, which inspired her to pursue a career within the cancer research sector. To achieve this goal, she came to Sweden and Karolinska Institutet as a student in the Master’s Program in Biomedicine. During this time, she had the chance to work in the Baryawno lab during her Master’s thesis with the aim of using single-cell RNA sequencing to investigate novel therapeutic targets within the tumor population in human neuroblastoma.
After receiving her MSc from Karolinska Institutet, Ioanna has returned to the Baryawno lab in 2021 as a PhD student. Her research will focus on using single-cell RNA sequencing as well as other cutting-edge methods to uncover the role of the tumor microenvironment in the progression of childhood cancers neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma. The results of this research could spearhead a new generation of targeted therapies against childhood cancers that could save many lives.