Where Ideas grow
LuĂ­sa Pereira
Group leader
Luísa Pereira is a researcher since 2004 and leads the group of Genetic Diversity since 2006. She is a population geneticist, being interested in describing the worldwide diversity in order to infer the evolution of the human species and to evaluate the influence of ancestry in the susceptibility/resistance to complex diseases, particularly cancer and dengue fever. She is international recognized for her research on mitochondrial DNA phylogeography, particularly in Europe, Africa and Arabian Peninsula. She led four FCT-funded projects, and co-applied to two European Union-funded (a Marie Curie initial training network - EUROTAST- and a FP7 - DENFREE) projects. She is co-author of over 80 peer-reviewed papers published in international journals and has a h-index of 28.

Selected Publications

Jagadeesan A., Gunnarsdóttir E.D., Ebenesersdóttir S.S., Gumundsdóttir V.B., Thordardottir E.L., Einarsdóttir M.S., Jónsson H., Dugoujon J.M., Fortes-Lima C., Migot-Nabias F., Massougbodji A., Bellis G., Pereira L., Másson G., Kong A., Stefánsson K., Helgason A.,
Reconstructing an African haploid genome from the 18th century. Nature Genetics50(2):199-205, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 6] [IF: 25,5]
DOI: 10.1038/s41588-017-0031-6 SCOPUS: 85040680570.


Oliveira M., Lert-itthiporn W., Cavadas B., Fernandes V., Chuansumrit A., Anunciação O., Casademont I., Koeth F., Penova M., Tangnararatchakit K., Khor C.C., Paul R., Malasit P., Matsuda F., Simon-Lorière E., Suriyaphol P., Pereira L., Sakuntabhai A.,
Joint ancestry and association test indicate two distinct pathogenic pathways involved in classical dengue fever and dengue shock syndrome. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases12(2):, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 9] [IF: 4,5]
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006202 SCOPUS: 85044376943.


Patin E., Lopez M., Grollemund R., Verdu P., Harmant C., Quach H., Laval G., Perry G.H., Barreiro L.B., Froment A., Heyer E., Massougbodji A., Fortes-Lima C., Migot-Nabias F., Bellis G., Dugoujon J.M., Pereira J.B., Fernandes V., Pereira L., Van Der Veen L., Mouguiama-Daouda P., Bustamante C.D., Hombert J.M., Quintana-Murci L.,
Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North America. Science356(6337):543-546, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 74] [IF: 41,1]
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1988 SCOPUS: 85018764496.


Sierra B., Triska P., Soares P., Garcia G., Perez A.B., Aguirre E., Oliveira M., Cavadas B., Regnault B., Alvarez M., Ruiz D., Samuels D.C., Sakuntabhai A., Pereira L., Guzman M.G.,
OSBPL10, RXRA and lipid metabolism confer African-ancestry protection against dengue haemorrhagic fever in admixed CUBANS. PLoS Pathogens13(2):, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 31] [IF: 6,2]
DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006220 SCOPUS: 85014104562.


Triska P., Soares P., Patin E., Fernandes V., Cerny V., Pereira L.,
Extensive admixture and selective pressure across the sahel belt. Genome Biology and Evolution7(12):3484-3495, 2015. [Journal: Article] [CI: 29] [IF: 4,1]
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evv236 SCOPUS: 84982150804.


Cavadas B., Soares P., Camacho R., Brandão A., Costa M.D., Fernandes V., Pereira J.B., Rito T., Samuels D.C., Pereira L.,
Fine Time Scaling of Purifying Selection on Human Nonsynonymous mtDNA Mutations Based on the Worldwide Population Tree and Mother-Child Pairs. Human Mutation36(11):1100-1111, 2015. [Journal: Article] [CI: 9] [IF: 5,1]
DOI: 10.1002/humu.22849 SCOPUS: 84944036873.


Costa M.D., Pereira J.B., Pala M., Fernandes V., Olivieri A., Achilli A., Perego U.A., Rychkov S., Naumova O., Hatina J., Woodward S.R., Eng K.K., MacAulay V., Carr M., Soares P., Pereira L., Richards M.B.,
A substantial prehistoric european ancestry amongst ashkenazi maternal lineages. Nature Communications4:, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 54] [IF: 10,7]
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3543 SCOPUS: 84885452665.


Soares P., Alshamali F., Pereira J.B., Fernandes V., Silva N.M., Afonso C., Costa M.D., Musilová E., MacAulay V., Richards M.B., Cerný V., Pereira L.,
The expansion of mtDNA haplogroup L3 within and out of Africa. Molecular Biology and Evolution29(3):915-927, 2012. [Journal: Review] [CI: 144] [IF: 10,4]
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msr245 SCOPUS: 84857059207.


Fernandes V., Alshamali F., Alves M., Costa M.D., Pereira J.B., Silva N.M., Cherni L., Harich N., Cerny V., Soares P., Richards M.B., Pereira L.,
The Arabian cradle: Mitochondrial relicts of the first steps along the Southern route out of Africa. American Journal of Human Genetics90(2):347-355, 2012. [Journal: Article] [CI: 81] [IF: 11,2]
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2011.12.010 SCOPUS: 84857046912.


Behar D.M., Yunusbayev B., Metspalu M., Metspalu E., Rosset S., Parik J., Rootsi S., Chaubey G., Kutuev I., Yudkovsky G., Khusnutdinova E.K., Balanovsky O., Semino O., Pereira L., Comas D., Gurwitz D., Bonne-Tamir B., Parfitt T., Hammer M.F., Skorecki K., Villems R.,
The genome-wide structure of the Jewish people. Nature466(7303):238-242, 2010. [Journal: Article] [CI: 257] [IF: 36,1]
DOI: 10.1038/nature09103 SCOPUS: 77954542018.