Marta Laranjeiro Pinto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Using Dendritic Cell Reprogramming to Identify Novel Immunotherapy Targets


Marta has a biochemistry degree and a Master’s in Cellular and Molecular Biology. During her PhD she unraveled the interplay between macrophages and the extracellular matrix in colorectal cancer by establishing an innovative 3D organotypic system based on the decellularization of human tumor samples. She has also been involved in several collaborative works involving two of her main interests: cancer and immune cells. Currently she is using dendritic cell reprogramming to identify new immunotherapy targets.

Apart from science, Marta has always been enthusiastic about sports and physical activity, either participating in running and cycling events or as a fan watching her favorite football club.


  • 5th Workshop on Dendritic Cell Biology: Anti-tumoral immunotherapy, from biology to the clinic; 27-29 March 2019 (Lisbon, Portugal);
  • EACR-AACR-ASPIC Conference on Tumor Microenvironment; 2-4 March 2020 (Lisbon, Portugal).

Marta @ASPIC Conference on Tumor Microenvironment 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

Science Outreach

Inês, Catarina, Luís and Marta @Immunology Day 2019 at UC-Biotech


Marta has participated as a lecturer in the Doctoral Program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (PDBEB) – Core Technologies Advanced Course (Cell Sorting Module).

Academic Background

  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto (Portugal);
  • Master’s Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Coimbra (Portugal);
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

Previous Research Work

  • PhD student at INEB/i3S (Institute for Research and Innovation in Health) (2012-2018);
  • Research fellow at INEB (Institute of Biomedical Engineering) (2011-2012);
  • Research fellow at IPATIMUP (Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto) (2008-2011).