Short CV/Education and training


  • 1992
    B.S., Biology, Porto University, Portugal

  • 1995
    MSc, Immunology, Porto University, Portugal

  • 1998
    PhD, Molecular Parasitology, NIMR/UCL, UK

Posts held

  • 1999 – 2001
    Post-doctoral fellow, NYU Medical Center, USA

  • 2002 – 2004
    Principal Investigator, Inst. Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

  • 2005 – 2010
    International Research Scholar, Howard Hughs Medical Institute

Current positions

  • Since 2005
    Unit Leader of the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, iMM Lisboa, Portugal

  • Since 2005
    Invited Professor, Faculty of Medicine of University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Since 2011
    Visiting Professor Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

  • Since 2014
    Executive Director of the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, IMM Lisboa, Portugal

Selected publications

  • Mota MM, Pradel G, Vanderberg JP, Hafalla JC, Frevert U, Nussenzweig RS, Nussenzweig V, Rodríguez A. Science. 2001 Jan 5; Migration of Plasmodium sporozoites through cells before infection. 291(5501):141-4.

  • Carrolo M, Giordano S, Cabrita-Santos L, Corso S, Vigário AM, Silva S, Leirião P, Carapau D, Armas-Portela R, Comoglio PM, Rodriguez A, Mota MM. Nat Med. 2003 Nov; Hepatocyte growth factor and its receptor are required for malaria infection. 9(11):1363-9.

  • Portugal S, Carret C, Recker M, Armitage AE, Gonçalves LA, Epiphanio S, Sullivan D, Roy C, Newbold CI, Drakesmith H, Mota MM. (2011) Host-mediated regulation of superinfection in malaria. Nature Medicine 17(6), 732-7. (Journal IF: 27.14, Citations: 55)

  • Liehl P, Zuzarte-Luís V, Chan J, Zillinger T, Baptista F, Carapau D, Konert M, Hanson KK, Carret C, Lassnig C, Müller M, Kalinke U, Saeed M, Chora AF, Golenbock DT, Strobl B, Prudêncio M, Coelho LP, Kappe SH, Superti-Furga G, Pichlmair A, Vigário AM, Rice CM, Fitzgerald KA, Barchet W, Mota MM. (2014) Host-cell sensors for Plasmodium activate innate immunity against liver-stage infection. Nature Medicine 20 (1), 47-53. (Journal IF: 27.14, Citations: 1)

  • Slavic K, Krishna S, Lahree A, Bouyer G, Hanson KK, Vera i, Pittman JK, Staines HM, Mota MM (2016), A vacuolar iron-transporter homologue acts as a detoxifier in Plasmodium, Nat Commun. 7:10403. (Journal IF: 10.74, Citations: 0)

Selected projects

  • Nutrient sensing by parasites – European Research Council, Starting Grant. PI Mota, MM

  • Host-Plasmodium interactions: a tale of sensing and being sensed – FCT (Portugal) PI Mota, MM

  • Functional genomics in malaria – Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Mota, MM – PI

    International Research Scholars Program. Infectious Diseases and Parasitology – 2005

  • Host cell factors in malaria infections – European Science Foundation – Mota, MM – PI

    European Young Investigator Grant Award 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization – EMBO, since 2016

  • Member of CNCT – National Council of Science and Technology (Board of Advisers to the Portuguese Government on Science & Technology Policy), since 2013

  • Evaluation panel NIH International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research, 2010

  • Ad hoc reviewer for European Science Foundation, since 2008

  • Ad hoc reviewer for Medical Research Council Fellowships, UK, since 2006

  • Ad hoc reviewer for Wellcome Trust, UK, since 2005

  • Evaluation panel life sciences and/or health sciences FP6-EU, 2005 – 2006

  • Member of the evaluation panel L'Oréal Prize, Portugal, 2005 – 2006


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