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Marina is a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Theoretical Biochemistry (UPR9080) at the French National Research Center (CNRS), where she works with Guillaume Stirnemann. She builds computational  models of complex biological phenomena, with the goal of understanding the key ingredients pertaining to these phenomena. Her current postdoctoral project focuses on understanding the formation of the genetic code and the informational content of genetic polymers.

Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dave Thirumalai at UT Austin (USA), where she developed a model that simulates the spreading of epigenetic markers. Katava earned her PhD from the University of Paris, while working with Fabio Sterpone (CNRS, France) on the subject of thermophilic proteins. During her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Zagreb, she has spent a year in the laboratory of Gerhard Gompper (Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany). She subsequently did an  internship in the laboratory of Paolo De Los Rios (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland). 

Marina is a two-time grantee of the European Commission, at the postdoctoral and undergraduate level, and has won awards at every stage of her career.