Leonor Morgado graduated in Applied Chemistry-Biotechnology in 2006 and completed a PhD in Biochemistry in 2012, both at FCT-NOVA. During her PhD, Leonor studied small periplasmic multiheme cytochromes from Geobacter by several complementary biophysical techniques with emphasis on NMR spectroscopy, under the supervision of Prof. Carlos A. Salgueiro. Throughout this work, Leonor was a visiting scientist at Prof. Marta Bruix's Lab (IQFR-CSIC, Madrid, Spain) for NMR spectra acquisition and analysis, and also at Prof. Derek R. Lovley's Lab (University Massachusetts, USA) for a microbiology internship. In 2013, Leonor moved to the Biozentrum, University Basel, Switzerland, to work with Prof. Sebastian Hiller. During a 4-year time, Leonor studied proteins involved in the outer membrane protein biogenesis of Gram-negative bacteria, acquiring expertise in different biophysical methods towards the characterization of challenging systems. In this period, Leonor was awarded a Grant from the Research Fund Junior Researchers from the University of Basel (71k euros). In 2017 Leonor returned to Portugal to work at UCIBIO-FCT-NOVA, after obtaining a competitive postdoctoral grant from FCT to study membrane proteins from Geobacter. Since then, Leonor supervised 3 BSc and 2 MSc students, and is currently the supervisor of 2 PhD students and a MSc student. Leonor has been involved in outreach activities and in 2017 co-founded LUPA-LAQV&UCIBIO Postdoc Association and organized events within UCIBIO and with other postdoc associations. Presently, Leonor is also part of UCIBIO Communication Working Group. Leonor Morgado has published 41 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (18 as first author, 3 as corresponding author, 5 Reviews) and 1 book chapter, with an h-index of 17 (Scopus) and over 900 citations. In 2012 she was awarded a LOréal Portugal Medal of Honor for Women in Science (20k euros), and in 2013 an Honorable Mention for the António Xavier Prize for the best PhD thesis in the field of Magnetic Resonance. In 2021, Leonor was invited to participate in 'Mulheres na Ciência' Photobook 3rd edition, an initiative from Ciência Viva to honor Women in the different scientific fields in Portugal. Since 2022, Leonor is an Assistant Researcher at UCIBIO-FCT-NOVA.

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Maria Leonor Carvalho Morgado

Nomes de citação

  • Morgado, Leonor
  • Morgado, L.

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Endereços de correio eletrónico

  • mlmorgado@fct.unl.pt (Profissional)


  • UCIBIO, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Campus Caparica, 2829-516, Caparica, Almada, Portugal (Profissional)


  • https://www.requimte.pt/ucibio/people/leonor-morgado (Profissional)
  • http://sites.fct.unl.pt/hemeproteins/ (Académico)

Domínios de atuação

  • Ciências Naturais - Ciências Biológicas - Bioquímica
  • Ciências Naturais - Ciências Biológicas - Biofísica
Grau Classificação
2008/01 - 2012/02/24
Biochemistry (Doutoramento)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Portugal
"Structural and functional studies of PpcA: a key protein in the electron transfer pathways of Geobacter sulfurreducens" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
Unanimously approved
2001/09 - 2006/09
Química Aplicada, Biotecnologia (Licenciatura)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Portugal