Sandra Casimiro

  • Lecturer
  • Invited Assistant Professor
Biographical note

I obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Universidade de Lisboa, 2007; and joined Luis Costa Lab at iMM, where I am now Senior Staff Scientist, in the same year. In 2008 I was trained in Animal Research at Utrecht University, obtaining my FELASA-C Coordinator-Researcher certification. In 2009, I was awarded a prestigious Short Term EMBO Fellowship for an internship at Theresa Guise Lab (UVA, USA) where I was trained in rodent models of bone metastasis. Currently Senior Staff Scientist, my research focus is the therapeutic RANK pathway blockade in breast cancer. I use PDX, xenograft and allograft models, to study the biology of RANK pathway in vivo, as well as for therapeutic studies; having over 14 years of hands-on experience. My work is supported by competitive grants (PI of 7 projects, 335K EUR), including: Pfizer RFP (2021), FCT project (2018), Pfizer/LPCC Grant (2017), Fundo iMM - Laço Clinical Research Grant (2016), Oncology Research Award Terry Fox Foundation/LPCC (2014). I published 46 papers (plus 1 under revision), h-Index 13 and over 740 citations. I have strong mentoring and supervision skills, with 2 PhD, 25 MSc, and 15 Graduation students. My institutional responsibilities include iMM Biobank Scientific Committee and Review Panel of the iMM Rodent Facility Animal Welfare Committee. At the academic level, I am Invited Assistant Professor of Oncobiology at Lisbon School of Medicine since 2016 (regular lecturer since 2009), and Executive Coordinator and regular lecturer of Oncobiology Master Course since 2012.


Senior Researcher (Staff Scientist) LCosta Lab - iMM
Invited Assistant Professor, Oncobiology and Medical Oncology University Clinic


Research Area

Breast Cancer
Bone metastases