Sonata Jarmalaitė is a Professor at the Life Sciences Centre of Vilnius University and a Deputy Director for Research and Education of Lithuanian National Cancer Institute. Her Master’s and PhD theses were defended at Vilnius University, while post-doctoral work was carried out at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland. Currently she leads the Epigenetics group of a Division of Human Genome Research Centre, Institute of Biosciences, Vilnius University.

Her main research activities are related to the molecular genetics and epigenetics of cancer and the development of noninvasive diagnostic and prognostic tools. She is a co-author of more than 30 research publications and 3 textbooks. She supervises several courses for B. Sc. and M. Sc. studies, leads and consults B. Sc., M. Sc, and PhD students at Vilnius University.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the only special cancer treatment and research institution in Lithuania, which was established in 1931. In 2014 the Institute of Oncology Vilnius University was renamed into the National Cancer Institute.

The mission of the NCI is to carry out international research in the field of oncology and to achieve results, which could improve cancer treatment efficiency and reduce mortality from cancer, to train scientists and highly qualified specialists, to strengthen the scientific potential and competitiveness of Lithuania in the European Research Area.

The main goals of the NCI:
• to carry out research studies in Oncology and related fields, to participate in Lithuanian and international research programs;
• to provide a research and education base for scientists and highly qualified specialists preparation in the field of Oncology through cooperation with Vilnius University and other institutions
• to provide a health care
• to provide a specialized cancer diagnostic, treatment and cancer care services.