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Prof Maria Carmo-Fonseca

My main driver to work in science is the thrill of being free to have new ideas and conceiving experiments to test them.

Ser cientista fascina-me pela liberdade de ter ideias e conceber experiências para as testar.

Maria Carmo-Fonseca is Professor of Molecular Cell Biology and Oncobiology at the University of Lisbon Medical School.

 

Maria Carmo-Fonseca is Professor of Molecular Cell Biology and Oncobiology at the University of Lisbon Medical School.

Currently, she acts as President of the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes.

Carmo-Fonseca is member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Portuguese Academy of Sciences, and she is editor for the Journal of Cell Science and the RNA journal.

She was visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School (2011 to 2013), and Director of the Harvard Medical School-Portugal Program (2009 to 2015).

She has received the Iberian DuPont Science Award (2002), the Gulbenkian Science Award (2007), the Prémio Pessoa National Award in Arts, Science and Culture (2010), and the Prémio D. Antónia Ferreira Portuguese award for Entrepreneurial women (2013).

Her work on basic mechanisms of pre-mRNA splicing aims to contribute to a better understanding of how disease-specific perturbations in RNA metabolism can be translated into novel diagnostics, prognostics and therapy tools.