Where Ideas Grow
Joana Araújo
PhD Student

I obtained the master degree in Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Minho, in 2012, and I am currently on the fifth year of my residency in Hematology (started in 2014), at the Hematology Department of Hospital de São João, headed by Prof. José Eduardo Guimarães. I have recently completed an eight-month-long stage in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at the Hôpital Saint Antoine, in Paris, under the guidance of Prof. Mohamad Mohty. Since the beginning of my professional activity, I have been mainly centred on patient-care. Still, the enthralling clinical activity have increased my curiosity on the hematopoiesis field, and on the biologic basis of the disease. I am particularly interested on the study of the equilibrium between normal and malignant hematopoiesis. As such, during my graduation, I was involved in a research project focused on acute myeloid leukemia and autophagy at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), under the supervision of Prof. Paula Ludovico. Currently, I incorporated the Stem Cells in Regenerative Biology and Repair (SCRIpt) group, led by Prof. Perpétua Pinto-do-Ó, in order to develop a basic research project aimed at unravelling the origin of T cell compartment in myeloid leukemia.