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Claúdio Franco



CA Franco graduated in Biochemistry in 2004 at the University of Porto, completed a PhD degree at the University Paris VI in 2008, followed by a postdoctoral position at the London Research Institute, between 2009 and 2014.

CA Franco was a Group Leader at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (2014-2022). CA Franco is currently Group Leader and Vice-Director at the Católica Biomedical Research Center and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


Vascular Morphogenesis Lab

Our lab aims to understand the principles governing the formation and function of blood vessels and to integrate these concepts to reveal the aetiology of human vascular disorders. The questions we aim to solve are:

i)          how cells communicate with each other to generate supra-cellular structures?

ii)         how proliferation, migration and cell death are coordinated to control tissue size?

iii)         how physical and chemical cues are integrated at the single-cell level in space and time?



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