Dr Poljuha graduated from molecular biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (Croatia), where she also holds a PhD degree in natural sciences in the field of biology. She has worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, The Institute of Agriculture and Tourism Porec, and The Materials Research Center METRIS Pula. She has participated in 29 national and international projects and has published over 50 scientific papers. She is the founder of two laboratories and a Biotechnical Department. Her research interests are focused on invasive plants' phytochemistry, plant genetics, and molecular markers' application in the conservation of plant genetic resources. She is also involved with the popularization of science.