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Guneet Walia

Senior Director, Research and Medical Affairs, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Guneet Walia, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research & Medical Affairs, joined Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation in 2014 to oversee research programs. She has a distinguished career as a multi-disciplinary research scientist with expertise in oncology and infectious disease biology and nine years of experience in the laboratory working in molecular biophysics, biochemistry and drug development. Most recently she worked at the Prostate Cancer Foundation as Manager, Scientific Programs, where she managed PCF's medical affairs, the global Knowledge Exchange Enterprise and grants portfolio of over $500 million. Her knowledge and experience in scientific alliance management, program management, science policy and biomedical research are all critical skills that she will use as ALCF's first Director of Research & Medical Affairs. Walia has published numerous scientific papers and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Award and the Intel Science Talent Discovery Award for the North Zone of the Pan-Country Competition. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science, and a B.S. with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Delhi. When not in the lab, looking through a microscope or reading a scientific journal, she enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines. Walia calls herself an internet-addict and a technology enthusiast.