José Pereira Leal

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Position: 
Principal Investigator

Phone: 
+351 21 446 4528
Location: 
3E09 - Ala Amerigo Vespucci
Background: 
WhenWhereWhat
2007 - presentBioinformatics Unit - IGC (Oeiras, PT)Head
2006 - presentComputational Genomics Laboratory - IGC (Oeiras, PT)Head
2004 - 2005MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - (Cambridge, UK)Post Doc (with Sarah Teichmann)
2002 - 2003EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute - (Cambridge, UK)Post Doc (with Christos Ouzounis)
1997 - 2001Imperial College School of Medicine - (London, UK)PhD student (with Miguel Seabra)
1996 - 1997Southwestern Med. Center @ Dallas (Texas, USA)PhD student (with Miguel Seabra)
1995 - 1996IGC (Oeiras, PT) Gulbenkian PhD Program in Biology and Medicine
1989- 1995Faculty of Sciences - University of Lisbon (Lisbon, PT)BSc. student (Biochemistry)
Projects: 

Evolutionary Cell Biology of intracellular compartmentalization
 
ELIXIR - an European Bioinformatics Network
 
Bioinformatics in high school education
 
Translation bioinformatics/evocell

Research Interests: 

Cells are biological entities that display heritable variation that is under selection. This makes them relevant units of evolution, but both Cell Biology and Evolutionay Biology have developed with their backs turned. Evolutionary Cell Biology is a tendency/movement/fashion/field(?) that aims to bring these two disciplines together. Evocell, in short, is my main scientific interest.
There has been a long debate about the relative merits of applied vs basic research - more than an academic discussion, when politicains seize on this discussion it has dire consequences for science funding. I personalyl don't believe that this distinction is relevant, and that the only important classifiers of science are whether it is excelent or not. Excelent science sooner or later finds its application, and the more basic it is, the more unexpected and disruptive is the application. I do have an interest in how Evolutionary Biology, the most basic area in biology, and in particular Evolutionary Cell Biology can have application to biomedical problems. Because we tend to use computational tools, this interest can be labelled 'translational bioinformatics', although I prefer the term "translational evolutionary Biology" (corny as it may sound!)