Joana Paredes

i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde / Ipatimup, Portugal

Joana Paredes is Principal Investigator and core CV of the Epithelial Interactions in Cancer group at i3S, Porto, Portugal. Her research is mainly focused on understanding how cell adhesion molecules regulate cancer cell invasion, metastatic capacity, and cancer stem cell biology, as well as their crosstalk with the tumor microenvironment.

Joana Paredes graduated in Biology at Coimbra University and holds a PhD in Human Biology from the Medical Faculty of Porto University. For 4yrs, she worked at the Cancer Research Lab of Gent University (Belgium) and at Ipatimup (Porto, Portugal), both reference labs in cell adhesion molecules and cancer. She then performed a postdoc in oncobiology and started her research career as an independent scientist in 2010.

Joana Paredes is co-author of 64 publications in international peer-review journals, with more than 2000 citations and a h-index of 28. She is Vice-President of ASPIC (Portuguese Association for Cancer Research) and member of the Direction of SPCE-TC (Portuguese Society of Stem Cells and Cell Therapy). Currently, she is leading the CANCEL_STEM national consortium entitled: “Tackling Cancer Stem Cells: a challenge and an opportunity to advance in anti-cancer therapy”.