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Ana Teresa Maia

Ana Teresa Maia


Ana Teresa Maia


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Institutional Address: Edf.2 – Departamento de Ciências Biomédicas e Medicina – Campus de Gambelas – Universidade do Algarve, 8005-139 Faro – Portugal.

Present Position: CBMR Vice-Director and Assistent Professor at the University of Algarve. 

Education and Positions:

  • 1997 B.Sc. Applied Chemistry New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1999 M.Sc Human Genetics Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K.
  • 2003 Ph.D. Human Molecular Genetics Institute of Cancer Research, London, U.K.
  • 2003-2011 Senior Research Associate, Department of Oncology, Cambridge Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K.
  • 2012 – present Assistant Professor and Group Leader, Departamento de Ciências Biomédicas e Medicina, Centro de Investigação Biomédica, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • 2015 – present Vice-Director of Centre for Biomedical Research, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Main Interests:  Interested in studying allelic imbalance in gene expression, a common feature of our genome. Due to regulatory polymorphisms, which can occur both in cis- and in trans-, a large number of our genes are preferentially expressed from one allele. This unequal expression can contribute to susceptibility to common diseases. My main aim is to try to use this concept to develop a new method to study predisposition to breast cancer. Additionally, I am investigating the role that this imbalance can play in tumour biology, namely in the effect of mutations and treatment response.