Marina Klemenčič received her PhD in biochemistry in 2013 at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of Professor Brigita Lenarčič. After that she joined the research group of Professor Marko Dolinar at the same institution, where she got introduced to the new field of biotechnology of algae and cyanobacteria. From 2016 to 2018 she was a Post-doctoral fellow at Umeå University, Sweden, in the laboratory of Professor Christiane Funk. After returning to University of Ljubljana, she became an assistant professor. Her research focuses on structural and functional characterization of algal and cyanobacterial proteases, enzymes of key importance in maintaining life and executing death in these organisms.