Sanja Pajovic, PhD

Senior Research Associate

BSc, University of Belgrade, Molecular Biology Program

MSc, University of Belgrade, Molecular Biology and Physiology

PhD, University of Belgrade


What’s your background?

I was born and educated in the former Yugoslavia. I specialized in molecular and cell biology for my undergraduate studies and finished my doctoral studies through the cooperation of the University of Belgrade and Roswell Park Institute in Buffalo. I finished two postdoctoral fellowships prior to coming to Toronto, where I focused on pediatric oncology.  

Why science?

I love biology for the dynamics and challenges that it presents. I like to believe that the work I do as a researcher is important and helps in some small way to make the world a better place.


Do you have any advice for someone interested in a career in research?

You have to love science and understand that the biggest reward is the miracle of discovery. 

What do you like to do for leisure?

I love to read and collect books. I love to cook for family and friends. I enjoy children’s company very much and am always ready to babysit.

Any song or book recommendations?

There are many; I very much enjoy short stories and some of the true masters would include Hemingway and Chekov.


If someone were to make a movie about your life, what would the title be?

Life is Beautiful (The only thing is, that title has been already taken and the movie is amazing.)