Welcome to my site!
My name is Ivana and you will be following my personal experience in the World Chicago Tech Innovation, Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. I am now a visiting postdoc at Prof. Omar Farha’s MOFia Research Group at the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
I have earned my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Zagreb, while doing my scientific research at the University Paris Sud, CNRS France and University of Split, Croatia, where I currently work as a postdoc/senior assistant in the Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, Department of Biochemistry. I work in the field of natural product compounds research and their biological activity in the project of Prof. Mladen Miloš BioActCom, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (IP-2014-09-6897). We are working on volatile and non-volatile plant extracts made from Mediterranean plants and their antioxidant, antimicrobial, cytotoxic activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibition.
Besides chemistry, I am very interested in education and projects connected with different forms of learning, service learning, development of students’ soft skills and entrepreneurship, and quality assurance of higher education. I am involved as well in teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate studies of chemistry, chemical technology, environmental sciences, food production and pharmacy.
In my free time, I like to be active, so I hike and cycle with my family and my hiking club. I like cooking a lot and photography, and I started painting last year and discovered a new talent I was not aware that I have. I volunteer in few NGOs and have been a breastfeeding advisor in local NGO for couple of years.
I have two children, 8 and 11 years old, girl and boy, going to the primary school. My husband is a doctor and works in a Split hospital as a specialist in infectious diseases. He also has PhD in medicine and teaches infectious diseases at the University of Split School of Medicine. My mum and my parents-in-law will be support for my kids and my husband while I am in Chicago. Thank you all for doing that for me, I’ll take the best from this experience, I promise!
The idea for a blog title comes from the time I will spend in Chicago and my very old-fashioned way of sending postcards to my friends while I am traveling. To more quickly share my experience on this amazing opportunity I’ll write a blog and give my very personal perspective on the things I have seen and learned.
I hope you will all enjoy reading and following!