Ana Luísa Cardoso graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra (UC) in 2004, being awarded a merit prize as one of the 3% top students of the Faculty for Science and Technology of UC. In the same year she received a Ph.D scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) and initiated her Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Conceição Pedroso de Lima at the Biochemistry Department of UC. Between 2004 and 2008 she worked in the development of lipid-based nanoparticles for siRNA delivery to the CNS, aiming at generating new therapeutic tools for treatment of acute brain lesion. Her Ph. D. project was performed in collaboration with Prof. Ernst Wagner and Dr. Carsten Culmsee, at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Ludwig-Maximillian University (LMU) and with Prof. Dr. Nikolaus PLesnila, at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (LMU) in Munich, where she had the opportunity to develop research work during 2006 and 2007.
Ana Luísa Cardoso obtained her Ph.D. degree in Biochemical Technology from the University of Coimbra in 2008. In 2009 Ana Luísa Cardoso integrated the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) as a PosDoc, where she had the opportunity to develop research focusing on miRNA involvement in CNS diseases, including glioblastoma and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2012 she was awarded a grant from FCT to develop a new lentiviral-based platform to modulate miRNA levels in AD animal models, aiming at decreasing APP and BACE levels and improving neuronal deficits.
In 2013 Ana Luísa Cardoso was awarded a position as Invited Auxiliary Investigator at CNC. Since this date her research work has been dedicated to investigating miRNA contribution to neuroinflammation in aging and neurodegenerative disorders, focusing on Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Since 2005, Ana Luísa Cardoso has published 4 book chapters and 27 papers in international peer-reviewed journals with over 629 citations, which resulted in an h-index of 13 and she has successfully supervised 8 Master students, 1 Ph.D. student and is currently supervising 3 Ph.D. students and 2 Master students.