Joana is from Cologne, Germany. She received her MSc in Neuroscience from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2016. During this time, she studied sleep-wake disturbances in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease at the University Hospital Zurich. After her master studies, she studied synaptic plasticity of human neurons transplanted into mice at Imperial College London. She joined the flysleep lab in October 2017. In her free time, Joana enjoys traveling, photography, scuba diving, and snowboarding.