Irene Miguel-Aliaga is Professor of Genetics and Physiology at Imperial College London, and MRC Investigator (and, until recently, Section Chair) at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences. She received her PhD in Genetics from the University of Oxford (UK) and investigated how neurons develop during postdoctoral work at Harvard (USA), Linköping University (Sweden) and NIMR (now Crick Institute, UK). Her research group explores the idiosyncrasies of adult organs: how they differ between the sexes or across life stages. Their work has revealed intestinal sex differences that impact food intake, gamete production and tumour susceptibility. Investigating how the intestine senses and responds to nutrients, her lab discovered an intestinal zinc sensor that promotes Tor signalling to sustain food intake and developmental growth. Irene was the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant and currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant. She was elected to the EMBO YIP programme in 2012, to EMBO in 2017 and to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. She was also awarded a Suffrage Science Women in Science award in 2018.
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