Paulo Pinheiro graduated in Applied Biology, University of Minho, in 2001, having then moved to Coimbra due to his desire to work with animal models in the field of neuroscience. His PhD work with Prof. João Malva was focused on identifying and functionally/pharmacologically characterizing presynaptic glutamate receptors of the kainate subtype. This work led him to Prof. Christophe Mulle’s laboratory, in Bordeaux, where he continued such line of research and became an expert in brain slice electrophysiology. In 2009 he moved to Prof. Jakob Sorensen’s lab, in Copenhagen, seeking to better understand presynaptic function and the mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. In 2012 he obtained a 5-year FCT Investigator position at the CNC, Coimbra, which he effectively took in 2015. Among others he is:
- First author and co-author of 29 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, including 2 shared last authorships, with over 1400 citations; H-index = 18;
- First author and co-author in 20 conference proceedings, including 1 speaker invitation;
- Recipient of 8 awards/grants, including a 2.0 million Danish Kroner (~270K €) grant from Lundbeckfonden, Denmark, a 2 year Marie Curie IEF and a 0.5 million Danish Kroner prize from the University of Copenhagen for securing European funding.
- Experienced teacher in undergraduate, Master and PhD courses and in student supervision.