Ana Magalhães
Name: Ana Magalhães
Academic Degree: PhD

Ana Magalhães
Ana Magalhães
Member of
Junior Researcher of Glycobiology in Cancer

Short CV

I am a Biochemist (2005) and a PhD in Biomedicine (2011) by University of Porto. Through my international curricular pathway, I got trained in proteomics at the BRC-Centre of Excellence of the European Union (Hungary), in Proximity Ligation Assays at Uppsala University (Sweden), in oncobiology and glycobiology at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of University of Porto (Portugal) and in bacterial adhesion and pathogen adaptation at Umea University (Sweden). My research experience has resulted in a solid publication record in cancer glycobiology as I contributed to 49 peer-reviewed publications (6 with IF>10), with more than 250 different co-authors: 8 as first author and 7 as senior corresponding author. My publications have received more than 1700 citations (H-index 23). My scientific findings have been translated in two international patents. I have been distinguished with several prizes including: Fundação Eng. António de Almeida (2005); EMBO fellowship (2012) and FEBS Letters award (2019). I have successfully complete the supervision of 3 PhD and 6 MSc students, as main or co-supervisor. All these theses articulate fundamental and clinical research.

Since 2017, I am Junior Researcher at i3S/University of Porto, where I established a new line of research focused on the mechanistic roles of proteoglycans in cancer-extracellular matrix dynamics and cell communication. I have been successful in raising competitive funding as Principal Investigator (238K from FCT), and as participant researcher in national and international project grants (>1,5M from FCT, EU Regional Development Fund, EU-funded Marie Curie ITN GastricGlycoExplorer and INNOGLY COST action). These grants allowed me to build a dedicated research team, which is currently composed one 1 pos-doc and 2 PhD students. I additionally co-supervise a medical PhD student from the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto.

My international recognition in cancer glycobiology is reflected by the organization of 3 international meetings, my roles in European consortiums, invitation for 3 keynote lecturers and 14 selected oral presentations. 

In addition to my main research activities, I teach in post-graduate courses of University of Porto; I participate in juries of academic degrees; I act as reviewer for several journals and I am an Associated Editor of Frontiers in Oncology and a Topic Board Member of Biomolecules.

Identification of Syndecan-4 functional role in Helicobacter pylori adhesion and injection of virulence factors.

Glycophenotype characterization of human gastric mucosas representing different stages of the gastric carcinogenic cascade. We aim to find combinations of glycans that are differently expressed according to disease stage and to identify glycoforms selected by gastric cancer cells.

Understanding of the biological relevance of sialylated glycan structures in modulating gastric cancer cell behaviour and putative involvement in gastric carcinogenesis.

Designing of novel therapeutic strategies to prevent bacterial binding which explore the H. pylori-host glycans interactions.

Supervisor of
Catarina Marques, PhD Student
PhD student
João Antunes, PhD Student

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First Author
Aberrant Glycosylation in Cancer: A Novel Molecular Mechanism Controlling Metastasis. Cancer cell 31: 733-735, 2017. [Editorial Material] 
2. Magalhães A, Rossez Y, Robbe-Masselot C, Maes E, Gomes J, Shevtsova A, Bugaytsova J, Borén T, Reis CA
 doi: 10.1038/srep25575 PMID: 27161092.
3. Magalhães A, Mereiter S, Reis C
4. Magalhães A, Marcos-Pinto R, Nairn AV, Dela Rosa M, Ferreira RM, Junqueira-Neto S, Freitas D, Gomes J, Oliveira P, Santos MR, Marcos NT, Xiaogang W, Figueiredo C, Oliveira C, Dinis-Ribeiro M, Carneiro F, Moremen KW, David L, Reis CA
Helicobacter pylori chronic infection and mucosal inflammation switches the human gastric glycosylation pathways. BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-MOLECULAR BASIS OF DISEASE 1852: 1928-39, 2015. [Article] 
Helicobacter pylori adhesion to gastric epithelial cells is mediated by glycan receptors. Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas médicas e biológicas / Sociedade Brasileira de Biofísica ... [et al.] 43: 611-8, 2010. [Review] 
 PMID: 20521012.
6. Magalhães A, Ismail MN, Reis CA
Sweet receptors mediate the adhesion of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori: glycoproteomic strategies. Expert review of proteomics 7: 307-10, 2010. [Editorial Material] 
 doi: 10.1586/epr.10.18 PMID: 20536299.
7. Magalhães A, Gomes J, Ismail MN, Haslam SM, Mendes N, Osório H, David L, Le Pendu J, Haas R, Dell A, Borén T, Reis CA
8. Magalhães A, Marcos N T, Carvalho A S, David L, Figueiredo C, Bastos J, David G, Reis C
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