Candidate selected: Lea Knežević
Lea Knezevic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated from secondary school with the International Baccalaureate diploma. She then obtained her bachelor’s degree at University College Utrecht, The Netherlands, and subsequently obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Utrecht. During the master’s degree, she first worked on a short project related to molecular determinants of depression, at the Laboratory of Molecular Neuropsychiatry at Ruder Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. Afterwards, she performed a 10-month internship at University Medical Centre in Utrecht, where she worked on generating AML-specific T cells for use in combinational therapy with dendritic cell vaccines. Before starting the PhD in Bristol, she finished a 6-month project in lymphatic and blood microvasculature engineering at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna. Currently, as a part of the ENACTI2NG network, she is undertaking a PhD research project at University of Bristol in CD8 T cell engineering.