Jana is a geneticist and bioinformatician with a long-standing interest in molecular diagnostics and advancing genetic-driven personalised treatment. After obtaining her PhD (2006) in Biomedicine on the genetics of colorectal cancer (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and Charles University, Prague) she received postdoctoral training at the Institute of Neurology, UCL (2006-2010) and later at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London (2011-2014).
During this time Jana was involved in genomics and next generation sequencing projects in several clinical areas including neurodegeneration, familial hypercholesterolemia and connective tissue disorders.
Jana has always been drawn to large scale computational data analysis and its potential to revolutionise patient care. In 2010 Jana undertook a master’s degree in bioinformatics at Birkbeck, London and a subsequent one-year employment as a user support officer at the European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton. In 2014, she returned to the Institute of Neurology to continue research into the genetics of neurological diseases and became a bioinformatics lead of several rare diseases and dementia focused projects. Jana’s work incorporates genetic mapping, genomic analysis as well as gene expression profiling and plays an important role in novel gene discovery.