Ana Cristina Rego (Ph.D.) is tenure Assistant Professor since 1999, lecturing classes of Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Neurobiology, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra (UC), where she initiated as Teaching Assistant in 1997 and received the 'Agregação' degree in 2010. She is also head of the research group ‘Mitochondria and Neurodegenerative Disorders’ (current designation) at the CNC-Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), UC, since 2003. AC Rego received the Master degree in Cell Biology in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology in 1999 at UC, under the supervision of Prof. Catarina R. Oliveira, and was postdoctoral researcher and visiting researcher in the Lab of Prof. David G. Nicholls, at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK, and at the Buck Institute, Novato, CA, USA, from 1998-2000. In 2004 and 2005 AC Rego was the coordinator of the BEB PhD Programme at CNC. The research group coordinated by AC Rego at CNC-UC investigates molecular mechanisms of familial and age-related neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington’s, Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s diseases, focusing on mitochondrial dynamics and metabolic deregulation, glutamatergic postsynaptic dysfunction, the role of lysine deacetylases on mitochondrial function and modified neurogenesis. Funding has been garnered by HighQ Foundation (USA), Lundbeck Foundation, ‘Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar’ (IIIUC), Faculty of Medicine-UC, ‘Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia’ (FCT), ‘Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa’ (SCML), and ‘Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento’ (FLAD) projects or prizes/awards. AC Rego holds an H factor of 39 (i10=84) and more than 5000 citations, published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles (85 original publications), 23 book chapters (11 in portuguese language) and more than 110 abstracts in research meetings, and is a member of the board of the ‘Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurociências’ (SPN) since 2007, acting as Vice-President since 2015. AC Rego also supervised/co-supervised the work of several post-doctoral fellows, 18 Ph.D. students and 34 Master students (concluded degrees).