Joana Almeida Palha, PhD

Joana Almeida Palha, PhD


Regular Full Professor School of Medicine, University of Minho

Braga, Portugal


October 2016

Joana Almeida Palha

Date of birth: July 7th 1969
Place of birth: Porto, Portugal
Address: Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine
University of Minho
Campus Gualtar
4710-057 Braga
Tel: 351-253-604817
Fax: 351-253-604847

Current Position
Vice-Dean, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Full Professor, Functional and Organic Systems (Biochemistry) of the medical degree. School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

1991-Biochemistry degree, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal

1995-PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), Biomedical Institute (ICBAS), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. Experimental work done at Columbia University, NY, USA.

1995-1996-Postdoctoral fellow at the New York University Medical Center, NY, USA.

2008-Aggregation title. School of Health Sciences, University of Minho. Braga. Portugal

2016-Master in Public Health (Epidemiology). Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Major scientific expertise
Molecular mechanisms of aging.
Genetics of psychiatric disorders.

Funded projects
Since 1997, as principal investigator or team member, from the Portuguese Science Foundation, European Commission, Dana Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

National and international scientific committees

Western European Committee of the International Brain Organization (IBRO). Elected member.

Scientific Committee of the BIAL foundation.


Secretary of the Portuguese Society for Neurosciences.

COST Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences Domain. Nominated member.

Society for Neurosciences, Chapters and International committees.

Advisor of the Portuguese Science Foundation directive board.


Participation in review boards

Member of the jury of national and international prizes (Portuguese Society of Neurosciences,
L'Oreal Portugal for women in science, BIAL prize, Janssen prize for Neurosciences).

Member of evaluation panels for projects and for scholarships for various national and international funding agencies (European Science Foundation, European Commission, IBRO, Portuguese Science Foundation, National Science Foundation USA).

Member of the selection board for international meetings (International Bioiron Society, Yes-Young European Scientist-Meeting, 4th Forum of European Neurosciences).

Reviewer for several journals on neurosciences, endocrinology, psychiatry and molecular biology.


In biomedical sciences 
(1933 citations, H index 26). Updated information at

Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Disorders of the Nervous System
Neuroregeneration and Repair
Neuroscience of Aging

Committee Participation

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Membership & Chapters CommitteeMemberPast
International Affairs CommitteeLiaisonPast
Finance CommitteeMemberCurrent