Rafael Yáñez-Muñoz
professor of advanced therapy, Royal Holloway University of London

Rafael Yáñez-Muñoz is professor of advanced therapy, and director of planning and resources, at Royal Holloway University of London’s School of Biological Sciences. There, he leads the Advanced Gene and Cell Therapy laboratory.

He is also editor-in-chief of the journal Gene Therapy (published by Nature Publishing Group), a trustee of the charity Genetic Alliance UK, and treasurer of the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy. He has a strong interest in research translation, and extensive experience in gene and cell therapy for both common and rare diseases.

He is particularly involved in the development of safer methods, using genome editing and modified viral vectors. He also believes it is very important for scientists and doctors to engage with wider society, and he organises an annual outreach event on Rare Disease Day.

Previously, he held positions at King’s College London and University College London. He obtained his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain.

Follow Rafael on Twitter @ryanezmunoz