Cristiana Pires, PharmD PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Understanding Dendritic Cell Diversity


Cristiana’s previous work on her PhD focused on applying cell reprogramming strategies to develop new cell-based therapies for retinal degenerations. In 2016, Cristiana joined the PereiraLab as a postdoctoral fellow, driven by the interest in merging cell reprogramming with immunology. Together with Fábio, she identified transcription factor codes to induce dendritic cell fate. Currently, Cristiana is focused on exploring reprogramming approaches to understand the heterogeneity of dendritic cells and to develop new and powerful cancer immunotherapies. Cristiana is passionate about the translation of the scientific discoveries from the lab to the patients and she is CEO of Asgard Therapeutics.

Cristiana (Cris, as everyone call her) likes to help the other members of the group, namely on how to prepare solutions and calculate dilutions! She likes music, reading and cooking. And the sun and the ocean in Portugal!

Science Outreach

  • Immunology Day 2017 @UC-Biotech
  • Immunology Day 2016 @UC-Biotech

Spin-Off Co-Founder

Academic Background

  • PhD (Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • PharmD Degree (Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Portugal)

Previous Research Work

  • PhD student at Molecular Mechanism of Disease group, under the supervision of Prof. Doutor Miguel C. Seabra and Prof. Doutor António Jacinto (CEDOC Chronic Diseases Research Centre, NOVA Medical School, Lisboa, Portugal)


Direct Reprogramming of Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts to Conventional Type 1 Dendritic Cells by Enforced Expression of Transcription Factors

Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Olga Zimmermannova and Carlos-Filipe Pereira

May 20, 2020 / Volume 10, Issue 10

Understanding and Modulating Immunity With Cell Reprogramming

Cristiana F. Pires, Fábio F. Rosa, Ilia Kurochkin and Carlos-Filipe Pereira

December 11, 2019 / Volume 10, Article 2809
Frontiers in Immunology

Direct Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Antigen-Presenting Dendritic Cells

Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Ilia Kurochkin, Alexandra G. Ferreira, Andreia M. Gomes, Luís G. Palma, Kritika Shaiv, Laura Solanas, Cláudia Azenha, Dmitri Papatsenko, Oliver Schulz, Caetano Reis e Sousa and Carlos-Filipe Pereira

December 7, 2018 / Vol. 3, Issue 30, eaau4292
Science Immunology

Compositions for Reprogramming Cells into Dendritic Cells or Antigen Presenting Cells, Methods and Uses Thereof

Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Carlos-Filipe Pereira

October 13, 2018
Patent WO-2018-185709