Irene Rebollo

Past Boards of Directors

Scientific background: Irene studied psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, specializing in research methods for the social sciences. With an FPU scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, she gained expertise in behavioural genetics methodology in the USA and the Netherlands, and finally obtained her PhD on the Genetics of Personality, from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2006. After a few years as postdoc at the Biological Psychology department of the VU University in Amsterdam, she moved to the UK in 2009, with a Marie Curie Senior Fellowship to study the genetics of schizophrenia at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. In December 2009, she took a position as Research Fellow in Biostatistics at the MRC Centre for Transplantation, Guy’s Hospital, driven by a strong wish to move into translational research. In this position she has gained expertise and great interest in diverse areas of medical research, from laboratory studies all the way to large clinical trials, with a special focus in biomarker studies to predict clinical outcomes. Her efforts and dedication were rewarded in 2011 with a promotion to Lecturer in Biostatistics.Irene studied psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, specializing in research methods for the social sciences. With an FPU scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, she gained expertise in behavioural genetics methodology in the USA and the Netherlands, and finally obtained her PhD on the Genetics of Personality, from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2006. After a few years as postdoc at the Biological Psychology department of the VU University in Amsterdam, she moved to the UK in 2009, with a Marie Curie Senior Fellowship to study the genetics of schizophrenia at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. In December 2009, she took a position as Research Fellow in Biostatistics at the MRC Centre for Transplantation, Guy’s Hospital, driven by a strong wish to move into translational research. In this position she has gained expertise and great interest in diverse areas of medical research, from laboratory studies all the way to large clinical trials, with a special focus in biomarker studies to predict clinical outcomes. Her efforts and dedication were rewarded in 2011 with a promotion to Lecturer in Biostatistics.

Opinion about SRUK: I have followed closely the development of the SRUK from its infancy. I’m proud to meet bright and hard-working Spanish researchers who have found their way to a successful career in science, despite the little support that we sadly receive from our own country. I believe that together we can make our voices heard, and show our great potential. Whether we plan to stay in the UK for a long time, or for a short period, the SRUK can serve as support platform for all of us, socially and professionally. Now that the society is taking off, thanks to the great effort of a large number of people, I’m looking forward to make the best contribution that I can, and that is of course ‘managing numbers’. I’m proud of being part of CERU, and I’m sure it is going to make a great difference in the way we live as an ‘expats’ by helping us feel at home in the UK.