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Dr. Joana Vidigal did her doctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin where she gained extensive expertise in mammalian development and mouse genetics. Later on, as a postdoctoral researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she became well versed in cancer biology and the use of mouse models of human cancer to understand tumor initiation and progression. During this time she leveraged her knowledge of mammalian biology and her expertise in mouse genetics to stringently define the physiological roles of noncoding RNAs in animal development, homeostasis and disease. With the goal of accelerating the functional dissection of genes in mammals she also developed a number of tools to perform large-scale loss-of-function genetic screens. Since joining NCI as Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator in 2018, Dr. Vidigal’s ultimate goal is to build upon this work to understand how deregulation of RNA pathways impacts human disease in order to have actionable knowledge that can be used to design better strategies for screening, prevention, and treatment of human diseases.