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International Day of Women and Girls in Science:  IMMUNO-model Women Make Impact

International Day of Women and Girls in Science:  IMMUNO-model Women Make Impact

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Women play a crucial role in the COST Action IMMUNO-model by holding leadership positions as well as participating in this network. Their contribution to the Action’s main objectives is central in fostering research and innovation in the field of preclinical immuno-oncology models.

On February 11th, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is a reminder that women and girls play a crucial role in science and technology and that their participation should be encouraged and strengthened. Although Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are widely regarded as critical to national economies, so far most countries, no matter their level of development, have not achieved gender equality in STEM (International Day of Women and Girls in Science | United Nations).

On this occasion, IMMUNO-model celebrates women in science and acknowledges their continuous outstanding contribution by presenting some of the IMMUNO-model female scientists working in the field of immuno-oncology across the world.

Pictured are female scientists from the IMMUNO-model in action:

  • Eva Martinez-Balibrea
    IMMUNO-model Action’s Chair, Group Leader at IGTP, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain
  • Leticia Oliveira-Ferrer
    IMMUNO-model Action’s Vice Chair, Head of Research Laboratory, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
  • Devrim Pesen Okvur
    IMMUNO-model WG1 Leader, CTO and co-founder of Initio Cell BV, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
  • Laura Belver
    IMMUNO-model WG4 leader, Junior Group Leader, Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute, Spain
  • Barbara Breznik
    IMMUNO-model Science Communication Coordinator and WG5 Leader, Group Leader, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  • Hanne Haslene-Hox
    IMMUNO-model TGRC3 Leader, Senior research scientist, SINTEF, Norway
  • Metka Novak
    Principal Investigator, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  • Tina Kolenc Milavec
    PhD Student, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  • María Julia Lamberti
    Teaching Assistant – Assistant Researcher, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto – INBIAS-CONICET, Spain
  • Jessica Dal Col 
    Assistant Professor, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Sweta Rani
    Lecturer, South East Technological University, Waterford, Ireland
  • Inês Pinto
    PhD Student, University of Coimbra, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (IIIUC), Portugal
  • Sara Orehek
    PhD Student, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
  • Virag Piroska
    Senior Researcher, Head of Laboratory and Associated Teacher, “Prof. Dr. I. Chiricuta” Oncology Institute, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Melissa García Caballero
    Distinguished Researcher, Professor Beatriz Galindo and Team Leader, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Seyhan Turk
    Assistant Proffesor, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Delia Dima
    Hematologist, Ion Chiricuta Oncology Institute, Turkey
  • Ahsen Morva Yilmaz
    Senior Researcher, TÜBİTAK-MRC Life Sciences, Turkey
  • Altijana Hromić-Jahjefendić
    Associate Professor, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sanem Gökçen
    Laboratory Supervisor, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Turkey
  • Mangala Srinivas
    Professor and Dept. Head, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
  • Verónica Rodilla
    Junior Group Leader, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute Foundation, Spain
  • Lucie Janstová
    PhD Student, Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Czech Republic
  • Veronika Švubová
    PhD Student, Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Czech Republic

Latest Updates

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Job title: Postdoctoral Scientist- Cellular and Molecular Oncoimmunology As part of the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza, PNRR), IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas has started...
3rd IMMUNO-model webinar entitled “Mathematical Oncology” was streamed live on the ZOOM platform on June 25th, 2024 at 5.00 pm CET. The webinar consisted of two presentations and a question...
This event took place in Bratislava, Slovenia from the 13th and 15th of May 2024. The Annual Meeting workshop on “pre-clinical Models to the search for biomarkers in Immuno Oncology”...
Action number: CA21135Grantee name: Tina Kolenc Milavec Dissemination: During my 2-months long stay at the University Medical Center in Amsterdam, in the group of Febe van Maldegem, PhD, I learnt...

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The COST Action IMMUNO-model welcomes research-active scientists working in the field.

How to Get Involved

  • Read the Project Description MoU;
  •  Inform the Main Proposer/Chair of your interest (email);
  • Apply to join your Working Groups of interest;
  • You will be informed by the working group leaders as soon as your application has been reviewed;
  • Please note, Management Committee nominations are carried out through the COST National Contact Points.

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