Rita Perfeito got a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2005. In 2006, she received a FCT PhD fellowship to develop her PhD research in the group of Professor Ana Cristina Rego at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Coimbra, Portugal, with the thesis entiltled "Interplay between alpha-synuclein and oxidative stress in Parkinson's disease cell models". From 2010 to 2013, she worked as a Research Technician also in the research group of Prof. Cristina Rego.
In February 2014, Rita joined the group of Professor Luís Pereira de Almeida at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (Vectors and Gene Therapy group), University of Coimbra, Portugal, where she has been working in a project that aims to identify the mechanisms of alpha-synuclein spreading in Parkinson’s disease using in vitro and in vivo models of this disorder. Rita has recently been awarded a post-doctoral grant by FCT (SFRH/BPD/100130/2014), with the project "Role and mechanisms of alpha-synuclein spreading in Parkinson’s disease". This project has great relevance in the field of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders characterized by the presence of aggregate-prone proteins, as it aims to identify possible common mechanisms of pathology dissemination, therefore giving rise to the development of new therapeutic strategies.
Rita is first author of 6 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. Since 2010, Rita participated in 4 research projects, having supervised two master thesis and collaborated in the supervision of several undergraduate research students.