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Ricardo Rodrigues

  • PhD
  • Auxiliary Investigator
  • Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology
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Recent publications

  • Glutamate-induced and NMDA receptor-mediated neurodegeneration entails P2Y1 receptor activation

    • Simões A
    • Silva C
    • Marques J
    • et al.
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  • Purinergic signalling and brain development

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Professional experience

Auxiliary Investigator

Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

February 2012 - Present

PhD Investigator (Juan de la Cierva programme)

Instituto de Neurociencias

December 2009 - January 2012(2 years)

Postdoctoral fellow

Instituto de Neurociencias

October 2007 - September 2009(2 years)

PhD student

Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

October 2003 - September 2007(4 years)

Project investigator

Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

September 2002 - August 2003(a year)

Graduate student

Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

September 2001 - July 2002(10 months)


After my graduation in Biochemistry in 2002 by the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, I performed my PhD at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, and in other internationally recognized centres (Department of Pharmacology of the University of Cambridge; Department of Physiology of the University College of London, Univ. Complutense Madrid; and Instituto Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain) dedicated to the physio-pathological role of synaptic purinergic receptors, either directly or through the interaction with other receptor signalling systems. In 2007, I moved to Prof. Juan Lerma’s lab at the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (Spain) for a two-year postdoctoral training, where I could establish a new concept of hybrid ionotropic receptors composed by subunits from different and distant families of receptors, which represents a conceptual breakthrough in receptor signalling systems. In 2009, I was selected as a young investigator in the realm of the Juan de la Cierva programme of the Spanish Government. During this period, I dedicated my work to neuronal and brain development, raising kainate receptors as the key tether linking synaptic contact formation and neuronal maturation. In 2012, I joined CNC to implement a new line of investigation exploring brain disorders: 1) from the perspective of the existence of a reactivation of developmental-related mechanisms in an attempt to recover from a lesion, but due to the inadequate context become deleterious; or 2)evaluating the long-term impact of defects during brain development in the adulthood.

Co-authors (122)