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nuno santos leal

Nuno Leal

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About me

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at Professor Maria Ankarcrona trying to understand the interconnection between mitochondria-ER contact sites, mitochondria function and autophagosome formation in Alzheimer's disease.

Research description

Our group is studying the role of mitochondria and mitochondria-ER contact sites in Alzheimer's disease. The aim of my project is to understand the interplay between this subcellular region, Aβ production and autophagosome formation.

I am also involved in side projects with my colleagues including:

- Identify new proteins and their respective functions at MAM;

- Characterisation of mitochondria in differentiated neuronal cells;

- Characterisation of MAM in synapses.


  • Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Sciences from Karolinska Institutet (Sweden).
  • Master of Science (MSc) from Stockholm University (Sweden).
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Univeristy of Porto (Portugal).

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) (2018)

  • Gun and Bertil Stohnes Forsknings Stipendium (2018)

  • JSPS Postdoctoral Summer Program (2014)

  • Sven and Lilly Lawskis association fund for Natural Science research (2013)

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