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Nuno Leal

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Institution och organisatorisk tillhörighet:

Om mig

I first started at Karolinska Institutet in 2013, where I wrote my master thesis. Currently I am on my last year of my PhD studies at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society (NVS) at the Center for Alzheimer Research, working with Associate Professor Maria Ankarcrona.

I also am a member of the Student Council at NVS as a Deputy Chairman. 


The main field of interest of our group is mitochondria and mitochondria-ER contact sites in Alzheimer's disease. The aim of my PhD project is to enlighten 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.


  • Master of Science from Stockholm University (Sweden).
  • Bachelor of Science from Univeristy of Porto (Portugal).

Akademiska priser och utmärkelser

  • 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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