Karin Stana Kleinschek, obtained her PhD degree at 1996 from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Graz, Austria. Her field of expertise is surface modification and characterization of polymeric materials with special attention on polysaccharides and its usability in biomedical applications. From 2004 to 2016 she was the head of the Institute of Engineering Materials and Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor and is Head of the Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers (LCPP), which is a part of the institute. Since 2007, she works as Full Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor, where she teaches various courses on Polymer Chemistry and Materials, Surface Characterization of Polymeric Materials and Textile chemistry. From 2011- 2015 she was a Vice Rector for Research and Development of the University of Maribor. She is a member of various scientific organizations. Since 2013 she is a member of the European Academy for Science and Art and from 2014 associate member of Slovenian Academy of Engineering. Since October 2016 she is visiting professor at TU Graz.
She participates and coordinates numerous national as well as international projects. In addition, she acts as thesis adviser and member of organizing committees. Her scientific bibliography consists of more than 1052 units, including 194 scientific peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.