José Pereira Leal, PhD
José Pereira Leal, PhD


José Pereira Leal, PhD, is a bioinformatician with close to 20 years professional experience…

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Dr. José Pereira-Leal has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Oporto (Portugal), having performed all the thesis research work at the Imperial College School o Medicine (London, UK) and the Souwestern Medical School at Dallas (Texas, USA). His PhD thesis focused on the biochemistry and bioinformatics of proteins involved in genetic diseases. He was a post doctoral fellow at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute and at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, both in the UK, in the areas of Computational/Systems Biology and Bioinformatics.

After 10 years abroad, he returned to Portugal where he established and coordinated the Computational Genomics Laboratory, supervising post-docs, PhD and MSc students, as well as clinicians, in projects on comparative genomics, medical genomics and data integration. He also coordinated the Bioinformatics Unit of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, where he helped establishing the European biological data infrastructure ELIXIR, and its national counterpart, the Portuguese biological data infrastructure

He is a founder and the executive director of Ophiomics, and is committed to translate the latest advances in Genomic and Bioinformatics research to improve clinical practice and patient care.

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