Mafalda Pinto was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1975 and received her B.S. degree in microbiology from the Catholic University of Porto, Portugal, in 1997. After receiving her M.S. degree in biotechnology from the De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, in 1998, she returned to Portugal and was accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Medical Faculty in the University of Porto. She performed her laboratory research work at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, Portugal (IPATIMUP) under the supervision of Professor Raquel Seruca, and at the Department of Medical Genetics in Groning, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Professor Robert Hofstra. In 2004, she obtained her Ph.D. degree with the thesis entitled “Mutator Phenotype in Sporadic Gastric Carcinomas: Causes and Consequences.” From 2004 to 2008, she developed her postdoctoral project at the Department of Genetics of the Portuguese Oncology Institute Porto, where she worked on the molecular basis of kidney tumors, under the supervision of Professor Manuel R. Teixeira. She currently holds a position of Associate Researcher at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) in Porto, Portugal, where she is a PI in projects involving T-cell activation and gene expression, focusing on the study of the role of CD6 in T cells and leukemias; she also lectures classes to the GABBA Ph.D. Program.
Biography Updated on 12 August 2012