Joana Marques is an investigator at the Medical Genetics service in the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Porto. She has a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences and a PhD in Human Biology from the Medical Faculty, both from University of Porto. She also has a postdoc from Cambridge University. She specialized in the study of epigenetic regulation of embryonic and neural stem cells as well as human spermatogenesis. In 2013, she was distinguished with the L’Oreal Medal of Honor for Women in Science.