President's biography

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María Iraburu


Born in Pamplona in 1964. Graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Navarra. thesis She defended her doctoral thesis at departmentof Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1992 and between 1993 and 1996 she did a post-doctoral stay at the Liver Research Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. In the 2018-19 academic year, she completed the Senior Management Programme (PADE) at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra.

She joined the University of Navarra in 1996. Since then, she has combined her research work degree program with teaching and university government. She has been principal investigator of 7 research projects funded by the Government of Navarra, the Ministry of Health and Consumption and the Plan de research of the University of Navarra, and she has directed 8 doctoral studies thesis . Her work has focused on the study of molecular mechanisms involved in liver physiopathology. Professor at Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she has taught teaching at the Schools of Medicine and Science, of which she has also been vice-dean. She currently teaches Structural and Functional Biochemistry and Biosynthesis of Macromolecules and their regulation at Degree of Biochemistry of the School of Sciences.

She has been a member of Office of the Executive Council since 2005: as Vice-Rector for Students from 2005-2012 and, from 2012 until 2021, as Vice-Rector for academic staff. Since January 2022, she has been President of the University.

She has inspired and driven the Women for Science and Technology initiative, to highlight the role of women in science and to foster the academic progress of female undergraduate and graduate students in STEM.

In 2020 she joined the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America. She is a member of the University's Academic and Student Affairs and academic staffcommittees.


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