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irene munoz director of reserarch happy lungs project RET lung cancer

Irene Guijarro Munoz

Director of Research

Irene Guijarro Munoz joined the Happy Lungs Project (HLP) as Director of Research in 2022.

She oversees and coordinates the RET research program at HLP, including the studies that are currently being funded by HLP and conducted at four major US cancer centers. She assists with the development of RET research funding proposals and coordinates collaborations between the academic investigators and commercial contractors. In addition, she helps lung cancer patients and their families in the understanding of the RET positive lung cancer biology and the potential treatment options available.

She has a scientific background and she completed a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, a Master of Biotechnology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where she is originally from. 

She worked in lung cancer research as a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. John Heymach’s laboratory at Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2018, she started a new position as Research Project Manager at Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology where she assisted with the development of multiple grant submissions and research proposals, oversaw the progress of the projects carrying out in the lab and progress report submissions, and assisted with the critical review of abstracts, presentation, etc.