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. Since 2019, she is full professor of Synthetic Biochemistry at the University of Leipzig.
- 2015 German Life Science Award by the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V., sponsored by Roche Diagnostic GmbH
- 2015 Research fellowship by the Max-Buchner-Forschungsstiftung
- 2013 Emmy-Noether Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
- 2010 Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship of the European Commission, IOF-FP7
- 2009 Post-doctoral fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
- 2009 Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin-Preis (Young Scientist Award) by the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
- 2009 Friedrich-Weygand-Award (Outstanding Ph.D. Student) by the Max-Bergmann-Kreis
- 2004 Research fellowship by "Fondazione Aldo Gini" (Italy)