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Ricardo Celestino
Visiting Researcher

Ricardo is research scientist in the group of Reto Gassmann at the i3S - Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (Portugal) since 2014. His research has been focused in the molecular mechanisms and regulation of cytoplasmic dynein complex using biochemical and cellular assays and the Caenorhabditis elegans as animal model. Ricardo is also invited professor at the Polytechnic of Porto since 2007. Previously, Ricardo was researcher in the group of Prof. Paula Soares at the Ipatimup (Portugal) and visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Rolf I. Skotheim at the Oslo University Hospital (Norway), being focused in molecular pathology of thyroid cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. He is graduated in Pathological, Cytological and Thanatological Anatomy (2007) by School of Health ESS, Polytechnic of Porto (Portugal), and doctor in Pathology and Molecular Genetics (2012) by ICBAS and Medical Faculty, University of Porto (Portugal). He has published 28 peer-reviewed papers with h-index of 16 and 1351 citations.

Selected Publications

Celestino R., Henen M.A., Gama J.B., Carvalho C., McCabe M., Barbosa D.J., Born A., Nichols P.J., Carvalho A.X., Gassmann R., Vögeli B.,
A transient helix in the disordered region of dynein light intermediate chain links the motor to structurally diverse adaptors for cargo transport. PLoS Biology17(1):, 2019. [Journal: Article] [CI: 9] [IF: 7,1]
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000100 SCOPUS: 85060185140.


Pereira C., Reis R.M., Gama J.B., Celestino R., Cheerambathur D.K., Carvalho A.X., Gassmann R.,
Self-Assembly of the RZZ Complex into Filaments Drives Kinetochore Expansion in the Absence of Microtubule Attachment. Current Biology28(21):3408-3421.e8, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 22] [IF: 9,2]
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.08.056 SCOPUS: 85055739143.


Simões P.A., Celestino R., Carvalho A.X., Gassmann R.,
NudE regulates dynein at kinetochores but is dispensable for other dynein functions in the C. elegans early embryo. Journal of Cell Science131(1):, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 11] [IF: 4,5]
DOI: 10.1242/jcs.212159 SCOPUS: 85042557731.


Gama J.B., Pereira C., Simões P.A., Celestino R., Reis R.M., Barbosa D.J., Pires H.R., Carvalho C., Amorim J., Carvalho A.X., Cheerambathur D.K., Gassmann R.,
Molecular mechanism of dynein recruitment to kinetochores by the Rod-Zw10-Zwilch complex and Spindly. Journal of Cell Biology216(4):943-960, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 55] [IF: 8,8]
DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201610108 SCOPUS: 85021847678.


Celestino R., Nome T., Pestana A., Hoff A.M., Gonçalves A.P., Pereira L., Cavadas B., Eloy C., Bjøro T., Sobrinho-Simões M., Skotheim R.I., Soares P.,
CRABP1, C1QL1 and LCN2 are biomarkers of differentiated thyroid carcinoma, and predict extrathyroidal extension. BMC Cancer18(1):, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 12] [IF: 2,9]
DOI: 10.1186/s12885-017-3948-3 SCOPUS: 85040325406.


Cameselle-Teijeiro J.M., Rodríguez-Pérez I., Celestino R., Eloy C., Piso-Neira M., Abdulkader-Nallib I., Soares P., Sobrinho-Simões M.,
Hobnail variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma: Clinicopathologic and molecular evidence of progression to undifferentiated carcinoma in 2 cases. American Journal of Surgical Pathology41(6):854-860, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 27] [IF: 5,9]
DOI: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000000793 SCOPUS: 85007155258.


Campanella N.C., Celestino R., Pestana A., Scapulatempo-Neto C., De Oliveira A.T., Brito M.J., Gouveia A., Lopes J.M., Guimarães D.P., Soares P., Reis R.M.,
Low frequency of TERT promoter mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). European Journal of Human Genetics23(6):877-879, 2015. [Journal: Article] [CI: 20] [IF: 4,6]
DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.195 SCOPUS: 84929291747.


Melo M., Da Rocha A.G., Vinagre J., Batista R., Peixoto J., Tavares C., Celestino R., Almeida A., Salgado C., Eloy C., Castro P., Prazeres H., Lima J., Amaro T., Lobo C., Martins M.J., Moura M., Cavaco B., Leite V., Cameselle-Teijeiro J.M., Carrilho F., Carvalheiro M., Máximo V., Sobrinho-Simões M., Soares P.,
TERT promoter mutations are a major indicator of poor outcome in differentiated thyroid carcinomas. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism99(5):, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 325] [IF: 6,2]
DOI: 10.1210/jc.2013-3734 SCOPUS: 84899908886.


Vinagre J., Pinto V., Celestino R., Reis M., Pópulo H., Boaventura P., Melo M., Catarino T., Lima J., Lopes J.M., Máximo V., Sobrinho-Simões M., Soares P.,
Telomerase promoter mutations in cancer: An emerging molecular biomarker?. Virchows Archiv465(2):119-133, 2014. [Journal: Review] [CI: 80] [IF: 2,7]
DOI: 10.1007/s00428-014-1608-4 SCOPUS: 84905966100.


Vinagre J., Almeida A., Pópulo H., Batista R., Lyra J., Pinto V., Coelho R., Celestino R., Prazeres H., Lima L., Melo M., Rocha A.G.D., Preto A., Castro P., Castro L., Pardal F., Lopes J.M., Santos L.L., Reis R.M., Cameselle-Teijeiro J., Sobrinho-Simões M., Lima J., Máximo V., Soares P.,
Frequency of TERT promoter mutations in human cancers. Nature Communications4:, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 528] [IF: 10,7]
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3185 SCOPUS: 84884524540.


Celestino R., Lima J., Faustino A., Vinagre J., Maximo V., Gouveia A., Soares P., Lopes J.M.,
Molecular alterations and expression of succinate dehydrogenase complex in wild-type kit/pdgfra/braf gastrointestinal stromal tumors. European Journal of Human Genetics21(5):503-510, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 13] [IF: 4,2]
DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2012.205 SCOPUS: 84876668234.


Celestino R., Sigstad E., Løvf M., Thomassen G.O.S., Grøholt K.K., Jørgensen L.H., Berner A., Castro P., Lothe R.A., Bjøro T., Sobrinho-Simões M., Soares P., Skotheim R.I.,
Survey of 548 oncogenic fusion transcripts in thyroid tumors supports the importance of the already established thyroid fusions genes. Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer51(12):1154-1164, 2012. [Journal: Article] [CI: 14] [IF: 3,5]
DOI: 10.1002/gcc.22003 SCOPUS: 84867233863.


de Vries M.M., Celestino R., Castro P., Eloy C., Máximo V., van der Wal J.E., Plukker J.T.M., Links T.P., Hofstra R.M.W., Sobrinho-Simões M., Soares P.,
RET/PTC rearrangement is prevalent in follicular Hürthle cell carcinomas. Histopathology61(5):833-843, 2012. [Journal: Article] [CI: 38] [IF: 2,9]
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.2012.04276.x SCOPUS: 84864414111.