Irene Vázquez Domínguez




Junior Post-Doc





Scientific background

I obtained both my BSc in Biology with a double specialization in Genetics and Health Biology and a MSc in Genetics and Cell Biology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. During that time, I had the opportunity to participate in research projects in what would later become my major focus: the field of non-coding RNA (such as miRNAs or siRNAs) and rare diseases. My interest in the RNA therapeutic field grew with this  research and I decided to develop my academic career in that area. After my master’s degree I obtained a PhD studentship that enabled me to pursue my interests in a project that investigated miRNAs as both a prognostic and a therapeutic tool in cancer (T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma). I developed this research at the Molecular Biology Centre Severo Ochoa (Madrid) under the supervision of Dr. José Fernández Piqueras and Dr. Laura González Sánchez. I defended my PhD thesis in September 2018 and obtained a mark of Excellent Cum Laude, the highest score available in Spain. Once my PhD viva was done and I received the PhD title I looked to increase my knowledge in RNA therapeutics by investigating in a different area that was at the same time related to my previous experience. Therefore, I started as a junior post-doc at the Collin and Garanto’s lab, where I am currently studying AON-based splice modulation approaches to develop novel therapeutic strategies for inherited retinal disorders.

Hobbies outside science

In my leisure time I like to read and enjoy writing short stories, such as short novels, to relax myself. Besides this, I love cooking desserts (but not other kinds of food), swimming and drawing as well as spending time with family and friends.


Radboud university medical center

Department of Human Genetics

Route 855

Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 30

6525 GA Nijmegen

The Netherlands