Perpétua da Conceição Pinto do Ó
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Function: Assistant Investigator
Background: PhD in Developmental Biology/Molecular Genetics
Short Biography

After completing a degree in Biology and a three years research period in Pharmacology (Faculty of Medicine, Porto University/Department for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm), Perpétua enrolled in the Gulbenkian PhD Program in Biology and Medicine (Oeiras, Portugal) in 1995. This was the opportunity to get in touch with the blooming field of stem cell biology in which she got a PhD degree from Umeå University, Sweden (1996-2002). During postdoctoral training at Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular-IBMC (2003-2006) got acknowledged with molecular immunology and late in 2007 became a researcher at INEB where she now leads the SCMIR - Stem-cell microenvironments in repair/regeneration Team. Parallel to her long-time interest on basic stem cell biology mechanisms Pinto-do-Ó got interested on understanding the role stem/progenitor cells allocated to specific tissue/organs might have on the regeneration in the adult organism. Perpetua’s Team started by using the heart as model in this investigation; a series of in vivo and in vitro tools were established that contribute for the establishment of a new research line on cardiovascular repair/regeneration at INEB. The latter is presently represented by the integrative efforts applied to identify cells/molecular cues (cellular and non-cellular, e.g. extracellular matrix) implied in heart development and cardiac tissue (re) genesis (a term we coined for adult tissue remaking/regeneration). New research lines addressing the biology of regenerative systems, e.g. hematopoietic system (collaborative work with Dr Ana Cumano, Pasteur Institut, Paris, France), are presently being launched. She is also course responsible and lecturer of Stem Cell Biology and an Adjunct Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto (2012-). Further details on the current scientific activity are provided in the “Homepage” SCMIR link.

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