Prof Miren Iturriza Gomara (SW)
Foundation for Appropriate Technology in Health
Miren Iturriza-Gomara is a Clinical Virologist, working as the Initiative Team Leader for Rotavirus Vaccines at PATH, in Geneva. She obtained a first degree in Molecular Biology, at the University of Granada, in Spain, an International MSc in Biotechnology studying in The Netherlands, the UK and Belgium, and a PhD in Virology while working at the Cambridge Public Health Laboratory, in the UK. In 2001 Miren was awarded an MRC postdoctoral training fellowship, registered as a Clinical Scientist in Virology in 2004, and became Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologist specialized in Clinical Virology in 2009.
Miren has more than 25 years’ experience of research in Enteric and Diarrheal Disease, her research has been funded by the MRC, DFID, Wellcome Trust, EU, ECDTP, BMGF and NIHR, as well as industry, and has collaborated extensively with research institutes internationally, mostly in Africa, India, and Europe. Miren was head of the Enteric Virus Unit at the Health Protection Agency in Colindale, UK, and prior to joining PATH in 2020, she was full professor at the University of Liverpool, and Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with Public Health England and the University of Warwick. She has published more than 200 research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, as well as various book chapters, and has contributed to WHO committees and expert groups on gastrointestinal infections and poliovirus, was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of food at the Food Standards Agency, UK between 2014 and 2020, and was an expert advisor to The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, UK, on Rotavirus vaccines.