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Cell Architecture

Connecting the nucleus to the cytoskeleton is relevant for multiple cellular processes and disruption of these connections result in multiple pathologies. Nuclear positioning within cell cytoplasm requires de connection between nucleus and the cytoskeleton.

We are interesting to understand the processes involved in these connections and the role for nuclear positioning in cell function.

We study cell migration and skeletal myofiber formation which required the connection between the nucleus and the cytoskeleton and precise nuclear positioning. We use different molecular and cellular approaches in combination with time-lapse imaging analysis to address these questions.


Research Team

Ana Soares
Postdoctoral Researcher

Bruno Freitas
Lab Technician

Catarina Sequeira
PhD Student

David Barata
Postdoctoral Researcher

Francisco Calero
Postdoctoral Researcher

Graciano Leal
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Helena Pinheiro
PhD Student

Hélia Cristina Oliveira Neves
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Inês Martins
Lab Technician

Isabel Alcobia
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

João Martins
PhD Student

Judite Costa
Lab Manager

Katharina Hennig
Postdoctoral Researcher

Luis Oliveira
Lab Technician

Raquel Pereira
Postdoctoral Researcher

Sara Ferreira
Lab Technician

William Roman
Postdoctoral Researcher

Thomas Matthew Huckaba
Visiting Researcher

Research Areas

  • Mechanisms of nuclear movement during cell migration and skeletal muscle formation
  • Role for nuclear positioning in skeletal muscle formation

Ongoing Research Projects

2019-2025 ERC Synergy

2018-2022 FETOPEN - MyoChip Project

2018-2021 FCT LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-031075

2018-2020 AFM-Telethon


Previous Research Projects

2016-2018 ERC proof of concept Grant

2016-2019 Coordinator of H2020-TWINN-2015 Cancer Biology consortium

2014-2019 ERC Consolidator Grant

2014-2019 EMBO Installation Grant

2014-2019 Investigador FCT

2014-2019 EMBO Installation Grant

Selected Publications

group leader :
Edgar R. Gomes