QuantOCancer ERA Chair @ Champalimaud Foundation

Meet the research team and their projects

Raquel Soares, MSc - Research Technician / Lab Manager 

Bio: Raquel graduated in Biology in 2017 at the University of Lisbon and obtained her Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine from the NOVA University of Lisbon in 2019. She joined the Sánchez-Danés Lab in February 2020.

Project: to provide support to the different projects of the lab. (QuantOCancer-funded position)

Patrícia Borges, PhD - Senior Research Technician

Bio: Patrícia obtained her PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London in 2016. In February 2020, Patrícia joined our lab as senior researcher.

Project: to uncover the mechanisms that drive initation, progression and resistance to therapy in medulloblastoma. (QuantOCancer-funded position)

Sanata Canato, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio: Sara Canato gained her PhD in 2018 from the University of Lisbon. Then she started her postdoctoral work in Porto at i3S. Sara joined our laboratory as Postdoctoral Researcher in June 2021. 

Project: uncovering the differences in initation and progression between pediatric and adult cancers. (QuantOCancer-funded position)

Ana Lúcia Rebelo, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio: Ana Lúcia obtained her PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway in Biomedical Engineering with focus on neuroscience (2021). Ana Lúcia joined our laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2022. 

Project: Mechanisms behind tumor initiation and progression in medulloblastoma. (QuantOCancer-funded position)

Ana Raquel Tomás, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio: Raquel obtained her PhD in Biomedicine from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) in 2011. Following postdoctoral studies, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA) and Champalimaud Foundation, Raquel then joined the Molecular and Transgenic Tools Platform in late 2017, as a Molecular Tools Project Manager. As of February 2020, Raquel is now a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sanchéz-Danes Lab.

Project: where her project focuses on  dissecting tumour heterogeneity using state-of-the-art molecular tools in combination with genetic mouse models. (QuantOCancer-funded position)

Ana Sofia Marques, MSc - PhD Student

Bio: Sofia obtained her BSc in Biochemistry in 2017 and then a MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2019, both at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Sofia joined our laboratory as a PhD student in September 2020. 

Project: Sofia aims at uncovering the differences/similarities in pediatric and adult melanoma formation and progression. (Other funding)

Sara Ferreira, MSc - PhD Student

Bio: Sara Ferreira obtained her MSc from University of Porto, in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar in 2019. She joined our laboratory as a PhD Student in April 2022.

Project: to uncover the mechanisms involved in neuroblastoma progression and resistance to therapy. (Other funding)

Angelina Sanserson, MSc - PhD Student

(Other funding). 

Maria Ana Pachecho, BSc

Bio: Maria obtained her Bachelor's degree in Cell Molecular Biology from the Nova University of Lisbon in 2021. She started her Master's degree in Biomedical Research at Nova Medical School. Maria joined our laboratory as a Master's Student in September 2022. (Other funding). 

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