Leonor Saúde

  • Lecturer
  • Invited Associate Professor
Biographical note

Leonor Saúde graduated in Biology from the University of Aveiro and completed a Master's degree in Biochemical Engineering at instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. In 2001, Leonor Saúde obtained his PhD in Developmental Biology from University College London, UK and in the following years she completed her Post-Doctorate at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science.
Leonor Saúde established her own laboratory in 2005 at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science and then in 2008 moved to the Institute of Molecular Medicine to lead a research team.
Leonor Saúde is also an Invited Associate Professor at Lisbon School of Medicine, which she has been a member of since 2003.
Leonor Saúde received the Pfizer Basic Research Award (2005 and 2021), a highly competitive financing of "Fundación La Caixa" in 2019 and the Santa Casa Neurociências Award in 2020.
Leonor Saúde is the founder of the Portuguese Society of Developmental Biology, in which she served as Secretary (2011-2013), Vice-President (2013-2015) and President (2015-2017). Leonor Saúde was part of the Consultative Commission of the Maratona de Saúde (Health Marathon), a fundraising initiative launched in 2014 and she is the founder and Vice-President of the Viver A Ciência (Living Science) Association, a science communication initiative launched in 2004.


2022 - present
Representative of the Board of Researchers at the IMM 2022 General Assembly

2022 - present
Member of the Committee on Gender Equality, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination of the FMUL

2022 - present
Scientific Committee of the Master's Degree in Biomedical Research, FMUL

2022 - present
Coordinator of Master's Studies at iMM Training Hub

2021 - present
Commissioner of the iMM Communication Office

2020 - present
Review Editor for Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

2019 - present
Associate Editor for BMC Developmental Biology

2018 - present
Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of the Portuguese Society of Developmental Biology

2016 - present
Member of the Executive Committee of the iMM Training Hub

2008 - present
Director of the iMM Zebrafish Bioterium


Research Area

Tissue microenvironment in development and regeneration
Repair and regeneration of the spinal cord