Prof. dr. sc. Iva Tolić is one of the world's leading scientists in the field of cell division biophysics, a permanent scientific advisor at the Ruđer Bošković Institute and a full professor at the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. She received her PhD in 2002 from the University of Zagreb, and she pursued further scientific training at Harvard University in Boston, the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and the University of Florence. Since 2004 she has been the leader of the research group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, and since 2014 she has been the leader of the research group at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. In her interdisciplinary research, she combines molecular cell biology and genetics with state-of-the-art microscopy techniques. She is the author of over 90 scientific papers and has given more than 120 invited lectures in more than 15 different countries, and under her mentorship 11 doctoral students have received their doctorates. She is a member of the European Organization for Molecular Biology (EMBO) and an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU). For her outstanding scientific discoveries in the field of molecular cell biology, she received numerous awards such as the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the figure of Ruđer Bošković, the State Award for Science, the Influential Croatian Women Award, the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award, the European Biophysical Association Medal and Award, the prize of the European Society for Microscopy and the Ignaz L. Lieben Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), which is also called the Austrian Nobel Prize. She is the holder of numerous scientific projects, among which the most prestigious projects of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator and Synergy stand out, known as the "Scientific Oscars".