Iris studied medicine at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Focusing on the differentiation of human neural stem cells, she conducted her MD thesis work in the lab of Hans-Dieter Hofmann at the Department of Neuroanatomy. In 2014, she started her medical specialization in neurology at the University hospital Frankfurt and joined the neurooncology research group of Prof. Joachim Steinbach. Funded by the Frankfurt Research Funding and the Else Kröner-Kolleg, she started a joint project with the Münch lab in July 2018. In particular, her project focuses on autophagy and mitophagy as mechanisms of therapy resistance in glioblastoma cells.