Helena Podgornik graduated from chemical engineering at the University of Ljubljana, where she later on received her masters and PhD in the field of biochemistry, specialising in the use of white rot fungi enzymes in decomposition of synthetic dyes. She was involved in scientific as well as educational aspects of the biotechnological field and for her achievements she was awarded the title of assistant professor. Since 2004, she has been working in the Ljubljana University Medical Centre where she established a cytogenetic laboratory at the Haematology Department. In 2007, she obtained a specialisation in clinical biochemistry, in 2008, a diploma in the field of molecular cytogenetics from the University of Montpellier and in 2015, a specialization in medical genetics. Since 2007, she has been the head of Cytology, Immunology and Cytogenetics department of the Specialized Haematology Laboratory. Her research and pedagogic activities focus on hemato-oncology and laboratory diagnostics in haematology. She has been an associate professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ljubljana and has supervised many under- and postgraduate students. As a member of SZKKLM she coordinates a working group for Laboratotory haematology.