The research group headed by A. Cristina Rego (PhD, Tenure Assistant Professor with ‘Agregação’ at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra) will be further composed by two researchers at CNC, namely Ildete Luísa Ferreira (PhD, CNC Investigator) and Jorge Valero (PhD, a new group member), constituting the 3 core CVs. Elisabete Ferreiro (PhD), a senior post-doc in the group, has also a strong CV. Therefore, Ildete Luísa Ferreira, Jorge Valero and Elisabete Ferreiro are expected to supervise PhD and Master students in the laboratory and run independent research within the main interests of the group. They are also expected, together with A. Cristina Rego, to raise funds by submitting innovative projects to national and international institutions. Jorge Valero has recently submitted a proposal to FCT investigator and has been contracted by the University of Coimbra to work at the CNC (QREN project: “New strategies to manage brain diseases”) as an invited scientist fellow.
Moreover, 3 other young post-docs are CNC integrated members, namely Mário Laço (PhD, also a MD student, co-supervised by Miguel Castelo-Branco, at IBILI), Sandra Mota (PhD, co-supervised by Ana Luísa Carvalho, at CNC) and Rita Perfeito (PhD) will develop independent work in different research projects of the group. Additionally, the group is composed by 1 foreign non-integrated CNC member, Tatiana Rosenstock (PhD). Five (5) PhD students, namely Márcio Ribeiro, Luana Naia (co-supervised by Catarina R. Oliveira, at CNC), Carla Lopes (co-supervised by Luís Pereira de Almeida, at CNC), António Carvalho (co-supervised by Rodrigo Cunha and John Jones, at CNC) and Marta Cerejo (co-supervised by Helena Vieira, at Bioalvo, Lisbon), are supervised by A. Cristina Rego and develop a relevant research activity in the group. In addition, three Master students have recently integrated the group, being supervised or co-supervised by Elisabete Ferreiro and Ildete Luísa Ferreira.
The group has been using molecular, cellular (including peripheral blood cells from human subjects) and animal experimental approaches. The current integrated CNC members have large expertise in cellular and animal studies, including animal behavior. Thus, considering the objectives of the group (defined in next section), the group will largely benefit by contracting post-docs with technical expertise in molecular biology, human pluripotent stem cells (e.g. induced pluripotent stem cells) and the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
The group intends to be as cohesive as possible in terms of research questions as well as organizational structure. In this respect, it’s important that all members share a common space at CNC, which facilitates sharing ideas, experiments and reagents, and also have regular (weekly) meetings to discuss experimental problems and novel research developments. Young members are highly encouraged to participate in the meetings and discuss novel scientific questions.
Besides, the group will be actively engaged in the organization of workshops, conferences, seminars and PhD courses. Additionally, the group will participate in the dissemination of neuroscience in activities in primary and secondary schools, as well as conferences to the general public.
To achieve the main goals, the group relies on strong collaborations with several groups at CNC, IBILI, University of Coimbra Centre Hospital (CHUC), University of Braga (at ICVS) and foreign groups, as described below.