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Pedro Castelo Branco

Principal Researcher

Pedro Castelo Branco


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Institutional Address:Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, Bld 2 – Campus de Gambelas – Universidade do Algarve, 8005-139 Faro – Portugal.

Present Position: Assistant Professor

Education and Positions:

2000-2005 – D.Phil in Molecular Biology, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
1993-1998 – Degree in Biology, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.

2014-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, University of the Algarve, Portugal.

2008-2014 Research Fellow, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada.

2006-2008 Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, USA.

1999-2000 Researcher, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Portugal.

1998-1999 Researcher, National Sports Institute, Portugal.


Main Interests: Relapse is still the major cause of cancer death. Most cancers are able to recur by gaining limitless self-renewal. This hallmark of cancer is governed by telomere maintenance and results from constitutive telomerase activation through TERT expression.

Our research group is interested in developing platforms that can deliver therapeutic agents that can exhaust cancer self-renewal capacity, on one hand.

On the other is to explore the potential diagnostic and prognostic value of epigenetic cancer biomarkers in order to help designing therapeutic approaches in an era of personalized medicine.