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Name: Luisa Alexandra Meireles Pinto

Office: G2.31

School Phone: +351 253 604 947

Email: luisapinto@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: Neurogenesis Gliogenesis Epigenetics Transcription factors Depression


Luísa Pinto (35 years old, PhD) started her research work in the Karolinska Institute, where she did an internship with Prof. Ernest Arenas. Luísa did her PhD in the Helmholtz Zentrum München, in Neurosciences under the supervision of Dr. Magdalena Goetz. Luísa obtained her PhD degree by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, in 2008 and did then post-doctoral research in the lab of Prof. Nuno Sousa, at the Institute of Health and Life Sciences Research, University of Minho. 

Luísa Pinto is now a Member of the Portuguese Society of Neuroscience and an Associate Member of EpiGeneSys, a FP7 European Community-funded Network of Excellence.

Luísa Pinto is an Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Health and Life Sciences Research since 2013 and Invited Assistant Professor of the Medical Course at the School of Medicine since 2009.

Luísa Pinto is manager of a spin-off enterprise “BNML – Behavioral & Molecular Lab” of the ICVS. 

Luísa Pinto has published 29 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been cited above 500 times and she has an accumulated impact factor of 214.5. She is frequently invited for peer-reviewing for Journals such as CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, Neuroscience, Plos One, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, British Journal of Pharmacology, Neuropharmacoloy, Molecular Neurobiology and Molecular Psychiatry and is now editor of the Journals Advances in Biology and  Matters.

Luisa is a project reviewer for the University of Bordeaux Postdoctoral IdEx Programme of Excellence and for the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Luisa organizes a Post-graduation course "Stem Cells Get Pratical: Approaches on stem cell isolation, characterization and differentiation", School of Health Sciences of the University of Minho, since 2011
1.  Patents
- Luisa Pinto, António Pinheiro, João Bessa, Mónica Morais, Nuno Sousa, “Immuno-Golgi as a tool for analyzing neuronal 3D-dendritic structure in phenotypically charaterized neurons”, National patent nº105555, 2011

2.  Selected Publications
- Mateus-Pinheiro A., Alves N.D, Patrício P.,Machado-Santos A.R., Campos E.L., Silva J., Sardinha V.M., Reis J., Schorle H.,Oliveira J.F., Ninkovic J., Sousa N., PintoL. (2016). AP2? controls adult neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, butnot anxiety or depressive-like behavior, Molecular Psychiatry, in press, doi:10.1038/mp.2016.169 
- Patrício P., Mateus-Pinheiro A., Irmler M., AlvesN.D., Machado-Santos A.R., Morais M., Correia J.S., Korostynski M., PiechotaM., Stoffel R., Beckers J., Bessa J.M., Almeida O.F., Sousa N., Pinto L. (2015). Differential andConverging Molecular Mechanisms of Antidepressants' Action in the HippocampalDentate Gyrus. Neuropsychopharmacology,Jan;40(2):338-49 

-Mateus-Pinheiro A.,Patrício P., Alves N.D., Machado-Santos A.R., Morais M., Bessa J.M., Sousa N., Pinto L. The Sweet Drive Test: Refining phenotypic characterization of anhedonic behavior in rodentsFront. Behav. Neurosc., 2014, 8:74.
-António Mateus-Pinheiro, Patricia Patricio, João Bessa, Nuno Sousa and Luisa Pinto, Cell genesis and dendritic plasticity: a neuroplastic pas de deux in the onset and remission from depression, Molecular Psychiatry, 2013, Jul;18(7):748-50.
-António Mateus-Pinheiro*, Luísa Pinto*, João M. Bessa, MónicaMorais, Nuno D. Alves, Susana Monteiro, Patrícia Patrício, Osborne F.X. Almeida and Nuno Sousa, Sustained remission from depressive-like behavior depends on hippocampal neurogenesis. Transl. Psychiatry.2013, Jan 15;3:e210. (*authors contributed equally to this work)
-Luísa Pinto, António Mateus-Pinheiro, Mónica Morais, João Miguel Bessa and Nuno Sousa, Immuno-Golgi as a tool for analyzing neuronal 3D-dendritic structure in phenotypically characterized neurons. Plos One 2012;7(3):e33114. 
-Jovica Ninkovic, Luisa Pinto, Stefania Petricca, Jian Sun Michael A. Rieger, Timm Schroeder, Ales Cvekl, Ruth Ashery-Padan, Jack Favor and Magdalena Götz,“The transcription factor Pax6 regulates survival of dopaminergic olfactory bulb neuron via crystalline alpha”, Neuron
-Luisa Pinto, Daniela Drechsel, Marie-Theres Schmid, Jovica Ninkovic, Martin Irmler, Monika S. Brill,Laura Restani, Laura Gianfranceschi, Chiara Cerri, Susanne N. Weber, Victor Tarabykin, Kristin Baer, Francois Guillemot, Johannes Beckers,Nada Zecevic, Colette Dehay, Matteo Caleo, Hubert Schorle and Magdalena Götz, “AP2gamma regulates basal progenitor fate in a region- and layer-specific manner in the developing cortex”, Nat. Neurosci.2009 Oct;12(10):1229-37. Epub 2009 Sep 13
-Luisa Pinto, Michael T. Mader, Martin Irmler, Marco Gentilini, Federico Santoni, Daniela Drechsel, Robert Blum, Ronny Stahl, Alessandro Bulfone, Paolo Malatesta, Johannes Beckers, and Magdalena Götz, “Prospective isolation of functionally distinct radial glial subtypes – lineage and transcriptome analysis”, Mol Cell Neurosci,Vol 38, 15-42, May 2008 
-Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou, Nicolas Plachta, Nicolas D.Allen, Luisa Pinto, Magdalena Götz and Yves-Alain Barde, “ Neurotrophin receptor-mediated death of misspecified neurons derived from embryonic stem cells lacking Pax6”, Cell Stem Cell, Vol 1,529-540, 15 November 2007 


Selected Publications

Mateus-Pinheiro A, Patricio P, Bessa J, Sousa N, Pinto L. Cell genesis and dendritic plasticity: a neuroplastic pas de deux in the onset and remission from depression, Mol Psychiatry, 18:748-750 (2013).

Lima A, Sardinha VM, Oliveira AF, Reis M, Mota C, Silva MA, Marques F, Cerqueira JJ, Pinto L, Sousa N, Oliveira JF. Astrocyte pathology in the prefrontal cortex impairs the cognitive function of rats. Mol Psych, 19:834-841

Patrício P, Mateus-Pinheiro A, Irmler M, Alves ND, Machado-Santos AR, Morais M, Correia JS, Korostynski M, Piechota M, Stoffel R, Beckers J, Bessa JM, Almeida OF, Sousa N, Pinto L. Differential and converging molecular mechanisms of antidepressants action in the hippocampal dentate gyrus. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Jan;40(2):338-49. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.176. Epub 2014 Jul 18.

Patrício P, Mateus-Pinheiro A, Sousa N, Pinto L. Re-cycling Paradigms: Cell Cycle Regulation in Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Implications for Depression. Mol Neurobiol, 2013 Aug;48(1):84-96.

Pojo M, Gonçalves CS, Xavier-Magalhães A, Oliveira AI, Gonçalves T, Correia S, Rodrigues AJ, Costa S, Pinto L, Pinto AA, Lopes JM, Reis RM, Rocha M, Sousa N, Costa BM. A transcriptomic signature mediated by HOXA9 promotes human glioblastoma initiation, aggressiveness and resistance to temozolomide. Oncotarget, 6(10):7657-7674 (2015).

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