Mariastefania Antica graduated from the Faculty of Science, Zagreb University, Croatia in 1981. She obtained and her PhD in Immunology from Ludwig Maximilian’s University, Munich, Germany in 1987 prior to becoming a visiting scientist (WEHI, Melbourne, Australia, 1990-1994, Institute of Immunology, Munich, Germany, 1996, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, 1998), and a principal investigator of national and international scientific projects. She is employed as Senior Scientist at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute, and a professor at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Croatia, teaching both undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty and Medical School, Zagreb University. In regard to her scientific achievements, she was awarded the National Science Award for young scientists (1984), the Award of the Academy of Sciences and Arts (1999), and the Award of Croatian Government (2000). She was the vice president of the Croatian Immunological Society from 1996 – 2001, editor of the Internet Journal of Hematology, and member of the Croatian Medical Journal Editorial Board. She is a life member of the UICC, and referee for international journals as well as European grant applications.