Lecturer and Alzheimer’s Society Senior Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
Fellow of the UK Dementia Research Institute
University College London
London, United Kingdom
Rita Guerreiro is a Lecturer and an Alzheimer’s Society Senior Research Fellow working in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London. She has recently been appointed a Fellow of the UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL.
She received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences in 2002, her M.Sc. in Biomolecular Methods in 2005 from the University of Aveiro, and her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her Ph.D. was supervised by Prof. John Hardy and Prof. Catarina Oliveira and was conducted at the Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA.
Her current interests include the analysis of genetic variability in several neurological diseases. This is being driven by the application of recently developed genetic and genomic technologies, like whole-genome genotyping and next generation sequencing, to the study of families and population cohorts.
Dr. Guerreiro has published 125 journal articles (h-index=43), is a reviewer for several scientific journals and funding institutions, and is part of the Specialist Advisory Committee for the Lewy Body Society. Dr. Guerreiro was awarded the 2014 European Grand Prix for Young Researcher by the Fondation pour la Recherche sur Alzheimer/SCOR; the 2015 Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders Award in the category ‘Academic Achievement’; the Fondazione Gino Galletti Neuroscience Prize 2015; and the 2016 Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award.