research and insights specialist, scientific business associate
As a Sixsense research and insights specialist, Ivana specializes in connecting science and strategy to help our clients achieve their business goals.
Ivana graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc degree in Biochemistry (Molecular Biology specialization) and completed a thesis studying the structure-function relationship of membrane enzymes. She is currently in the final stage of her PhD degree (Chemical Engineering) at McMaster where her projects focused on developing biomaterials for ophthalmic drug delivery applications, optimizing polymeric drug delivery platforms, and understanding polymer-cell interactions.
She further refined her interdisciplinary research skills completing an internship in the start-up industry and working at a US-based synthetic cornea development company. In her spare time, Ivana volunteered at non-profit organizations where she developed tactical plans, modernized communication materials, and established cross-functional communication platforms. As a result of these experiences including her time with Sixsense Strategy Group, Ivana is able to fluently navigate and synthesize interdisciplinary literature data for both medical and commercial implementation.