Marina is the project leader of POLINFO. She builds computational models of complex biological phenomena, with the goal of understanding the key ingredients pertaining to these phenomena. POLINFO is a research project that focuses on understanding the formation of polymers and the informational content of genetic polymers. The project was developed at the French National Research Center (CNRS).
Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin (USA), where she developed a model that simulates the spreading of epigenetic markers. Katava earned her PhD from the University Paris Cité (Diderot) on the subject of thermophilic proteins. During her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Zagreb, she spent a year at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and she subsequently did an internship at EPFL Lausanne in 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.