Susana Lopes - Short Bio

susana lopes

Susana Lopes works at the Chronic Diseases Research Centre (CEDOC), NOVA Medical School, in Lisbon CEDOC. She did her PhD at the University of Bath (UK) studying cell specification of pigmentation in zebrafish. As a postdoc she got interested in the Notch signaling pathway and its impact in body laterality. In her lab she studies the early events that break embryonic symmetry. Susana Lopes is a biologist who loves to explore the interface between Physics and Biology by investigating cilia driven flow forces and how those impact the conserved left-right cascade of gene expression. Her lab has developed specific micromanipulation techniques and image analysis tools for the evaluation of flow and cilia beating frequency and pattern. Cilia and ciliopathies are central in their studies, and they devote a special interest to Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia and Polycystic Kidney Disease.