Ivana Peran

Croatia | Fulbright S&T awardee 2009 | Georgetown University | Tumor Biology

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Ivana Peran is a Ph.D. candidate in Tumor Biology at Georgetown University, where with the support of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, she is investigating more effective diagnoses and treatments of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most difficult cancers to treat today, with a five-year survival rate of only 5%. This extremely low survival rate makes enhanced efforts for a greater understanding of the development and treatment of this disease all the more important. Ivana hopes that the miRNAs she is researching will have a formative role in pancreatic cancer and would facilitate improved disease diagnosis and treatment by predicting response to therapy.

Ivana received undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Zagreb in her native Croatia. While in Zagreb, she completed volunteer work at the University Hospital “Merkur” while she carried out her academic research on multiple myeloma. Ivana enjoys painting, swimming and dancing. She hopes that her research will impact cancer research for the benefit of humanity.