Ivana studied biology in Serbia, where she obtained her PhD in 2000. She held positions at the University of Montenegro for 5 years working mostly in the laboratory for Human Genetics, and specializing in prenatal diagnostics. At the same time she developed interest in the animal systematics and evolution and has chosen one of the oldest crustacean groups (class Ostracoda) as the model organism of her research interests. Since obtaining her PhD and until 2009, Ivana worked for 7 years in the Western Australian Museum in Perth, and two years at the University of Tasmania. As recognition of her research Ivana was awarded with the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for senior researches, and has spent almost 2 years at the University of Hamburg (Zoological Museum). From 2011 she has been working at Hanyang University (Seoul), coupling undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. Ivana is a well-known ostracodologist with 76 per-reviewed publications (of which two are books), and has contributed to biodiversity awareness immensely by describing close to 300 new taxa. Her current research projects focus on the evolutionary adaptations to extreme environments. She is an active contributor and editor of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Ivana’s hobbies include running (marathons included), cycling and sailing.