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Snezna Sodin-Semrl

Dr. Snezna Sodin-Semrl, PhD is leader of the National Research Program for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in the Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Center Ljubljana since 2010. Dr. Sodin-Semrl grew up in Slovenia, as well as in Toronto, Canada. She is a molecular/cellular biologist, graduated from the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, with a Master’s degree from Hunter College, New York and Doctorate from University of Illinois/Chicago (UIC). She pursued her Postdoctorate in the Department of Medicine/Rheumatology/UIC with a 3 year fellowship from the Arthritis Foundation, awarded to top US investigators. Dr. Sodin-Semrl was employed at UIC as Faculty/Medical Instructor until she obtained the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant in 2005, with which she returned to Slovenia. Altogether, Dr. Sodin-Semrl has worked for 18 years in the USA. She has published over 40 scientific articles, 60 abstracts, 7 chapters and presented 5 invited lectures (e.g. Northwestern University, Chicago; Queen Mary, University of London and University Hospital Zurich). Dr. Sodin-Semrl is one of the discoverers of the patent method for innovative detection of anti-dsDNA antibodies. She is an expert evaluator/rapporteur of EU FP7, Horizon 2020 and EUSTARS/EUREKA projects. She holds an Assistant Professorship at the University Of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies. To summarize, Dr. Sodin-Semrl is an experienced scientist specializing in the field of inflammation in Rheumatology, working with multiple cell models, anti-inflammatory mediators, cellular signaling, cytokines, chemokines, adhesion molecules and acute phase proteins, such as serum amyloid A.