Prof Miren Iturriza-Gómara MSc PhD FRCPath
I am a virologist with an interest in gastrointestinal infections. After completing a PhD on the molecular epidemiology of rotavirus infections in the UK, I moved to the Health Protection Agency in Colindale, London (now PHE) where I became Head of the Enteric Virus Unit and continued conducting research on enteric viruses alongside laboratory diagnostic and reference work. I moved to the University of Liverpool in 2012 where I have continued with my interest on enteric viruses and vaccines, with one of my main areas of interest aiming to understand the reasons why live attenuated vaccines, and in particular rotavirus vaccines, are less efficacious in those populations worst affected by diarrhoeal disease.
I currently lead the rotavirus strain surveillance network EuroRotaNet, and am a member of the Laboratory Technical Working Group (TWG) for the WHO Rotavirus Surveillance Network, the Rotavirus Classification Working Group and the UK Food Standards Agency advisory committee for the biological safety of food. I have published >150 scientific papers on gastrointestinal infections and have been invited as keynote speaker on rotavirus and norovirus infections to numerous national and international scientific meetings.