Irene Coin studied chemistry at the University of Padua (Italy) and completed her Diploma work in the group of Claudio Toniolo. She did her Ph. D. work at the Leibniz-Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) in Berlin (Germany) under the guidance of Michael Beyermann, and defended her thesis at the University of Leipzig in 2008. After a post-doctorate in the group of Sidney Hecht at the Biodesign Institute at ASU (Tempe, AZ, USA), she joined in 2009 the group of Lei Wang at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, CA, USA) as DFG and Marie Curie Fellow. She returned to Germany in 2013 as research associate in the group of Claus Scheidereit at the MDC-Berlin. In the same year she was awarded the Emmy-Noether Grant by the DFG to set up her independent research group.