Himy Muniz-Talavera, PhD
- Clinical Research Associate I
Himy is originally from Puerto Rico where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagϋez. Upon finishing her bachelor’s degree, she decided to continue her studies in biomedical science and she obtained her doctorate degree from The University of Illinois-Chicago.
Himy is a basic scientist who has dedicated most of her career trying to understand illnesses affecting pediatric populations. In 2016, Himy was looking for postdoctoral opportunities and when she interviewed at St. Jude, she immediately fell at awe at the cutting-edge research and she was encouraged to see an institution where science and medicine connected in so many ways. She then decided to join St. Jude as a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Paul A. Northcott in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology, where her work focused on the development of preclinical models for medulloblastoma – the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor.
After three years as a researcher in St. Jude, Himy had a change of heart and she began looking for clinical positions hoping to transfer her expertise from the bench and provide a new perspective into the clinical world. Coming from a different culture has taught Himy to truly value the outstanding resources provided by St. Jude, and in this role as a CRA I in GPM she looks forward to contributing into making an impact on the accessibility of quality care for children worldwide. Her work in GPM consists in the fostering of global partnerships and collaborations with physicians in partnering sites to promote quality care and improve patient outcomes globally.