University of Algarve
Work package 6 leader
Main Supervisor of ESR3
Gustavo Tiscornia obtained his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in 2001, studying the mechanisms of pathogenesis underlying Myotonic Distrophy, a human muscle degeneration disorder. He undertook postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, focusing on development of lentiviral silencing vectors for gene therapy approaches. He was a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, Spain, were he worked on direct reprograming and disease modelling of Gaucher’s Disease. He was Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine (2011-2016) and is currently Group Leader of the Molecular and Regenerative Medicine Lab at the University of Algarve (Portugal) and Senior Researcher at Clínica Eugin (Barcelona, Spain). In 2012 he received the Genzyme Young Investigator Award for work towards developing induced pluripotent stem cell model of Gaucher’s Disease.
He currently focuses on the study of endogenous regenerative mechanisms in mammals using the African Spiny Mouse as a model. He has authored or co-authored over 25 publications in high impact journals (h-index =16). During his career he has received several scholarship awards, competitive funding from diverse national and international sources, presented his work at numerous conferences and academic meetings and trained students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.