Dr. Polona Žigon is a senior scientist at the Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Center Ljubljana and is teaching assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Primorska. She obtained MSc in Clinical Biochemistry in 2008 and PhD in Biomedicine in 2014 at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. During her post-graduate studies, she completed a 6-month research internship in the School of Medicine at the Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan. She is a member of Slovene Chamber Laboratory Medicine, a working member of EMEUNET and a member of the Autoimmunity Network. Her research in the field of systemic autoimmune diseases resulted in more than 30 original scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, six chapters and one patent application.