The 2019 IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award goes to Ana Janic

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Ana Janic received her PhD in 2011 after completing her doctoral studies in Cayetano González’s Cell Division Laboratory. The jury for the prize acknowledged the outstanding quality of Ana Janic’s contributions to science, and her seniority along her career.

Last 19 July, IRB Barcelona alumni Ana Janic (Serbia, 1978), Group Leader in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS- UPF) in Barcelona, was presented the 2019 IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award. The jury for the prize —formed by senior IRB Barcelona researchers with expertise in several fields— acknowledged “the exceptional quality of her research achievements, and for the level of seniority that she has demonstrated at every step in her research career”.

When asked about her favorite memories about the training period that she spent at IRB Barcelona, she said: “Being a member of the IRB community. I really liked the way we interacted, we exchanged our scientific opinions. It was a very stimulating environment to be in, and especially in the lab meetings, the retreats, and the Christmas parties”. A piece of advice that Ana gives the PhD community is: “You can do it. Try different things. Go out of your comfort zone, and you will learn a lot of things. And always remember why science is fun”.

This was the fourth year of the Alumni Award—a prize given in recognition of outstanding contributions to science and the scientific community by young researchers who have completed a significant part of their training and careers at IRB Barcelona. Previous winners of the award are David Vilchez (2016), Group Leader at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne (Germany), Marc Liesa (2017) , Assistant Professor in-residence of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA), and Joan Font-Burgada (2018), Assistant Professor at the Fox Chase Cancer Centerin Philadelphia (USA).

Supported by Eppendorf, the IRB Barcelona Alumni Excellence Award consists of a commemorative certificate, a prize of €2,000, and an expenses-paid trip to IRB Barcelona to give a plenary talk in the Barcelona Biomed seminar series.

Watch the award event pictures here.

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Background photo: Skin cancer stem cells to study biological processes related to different types of cancer and metastasis. Lorenzo Rinaldi, Alumni.