Prof. Dr. Tamara Lah Turnšek

SCIENTIFIC COUNCILLOR, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia, Research on cannabis in cancer

Prof. Tamara LahTurnšek was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She holds a BS in Organic Chemistry, a PhD in Biochemistry, both from the University of Ljubljana. Pioneer in research for over 40 years,Lah has been the Director of National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana since 1996, leading the 3rd largest public research institution for natural sciences in Slovenia till March 2018. She established the Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology and is the Programme leader of this research group. Since 2004 she is also Professor at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, teaching Cancer Biology, as well as Stem cells and Proteases at the Josef Stefan Postgraduate School. Basic research interests of Prof. Lah comprise the role of proteolytic enzymes and their inhibitors in pathophysiological conditions, particularly in cancer. Recently, her research has focused on brain tumours – glioma and the role of normal stem cells in tumour progression and therapy (www.nib.si.tamara).