Marta Sofia Carvalho Teixeira Pinto (MTP; MSc Neurosciences, 2001; PhD.Human Biology, 2008) Joined IPATIMUP (www.ipatimup.pt) as an Investigator Ciência 2008 (2009) of the Cancer Genetics Group and was mainly dedicated to study cancer angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, using chick embryo chorioallantoid membrane (CAM) model. After setting up the laboratory, and implementing several fundamental assays, MTP established the “In vivo CAM assays Scientific Platform” (2012), currently coordinated and managed by MTP (www.i3s.up.pt). The portfolio of available CAM assays now covers other fields of study besides cancer. In particular, the study of biomaterials, proteins and permeability assays. MTP published 36 papers in international peer reviewed journals, all in Q1 journals, with an H index of 16 (ResearcherID: J-2519-2013) and received 7 awards and/or honors.

Personal identification

Full name
Marta Sofia Carvalho Teixeira Pinto

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Researcher Id
Degree Classification
2002 - 2008/02/25
Biologia Humana (Doutoramento)
Major in Sem especialidade
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
"Modificações do Sistema Endógeno de Controlo da Dor em Processos Dolorosos Agudos e Crónicos" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
1999/09 - 2001/06
Neurociências (Mestrado integrado)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
1994/09 - 1999/06
Bioquímica (Licenciatura)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal

Other Careers

2015/06/01 - Current Carreiras / Categorias Subsistentes
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular, Portugal


2014/06/01 - 2015/06/30 Investigador Doutorado (projecto NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000022)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular, Portugal
2009/06/01 - 2014/05/31 Investigator - Ciência 2008
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular, Portugal
2008/02/01 - 2009/05/01 Invited Auxiliar Professor. Disciplines: Molecular Biology, Metabolic Biochemistry and Genetics. Responsible for the organization and teaching of the module of Gene Therapy, integrated in the masters
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2007/09/01 - 2008/02/01 Invited Assistant Professor. Discipline: Genetics (theoretical, practical and theorico-practical) and Molecular Biology.
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal
2002/03/01 - 2008/02/01 PhD Student
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2004/11/01 - 2007/11/01 Monitor (Monitora). Discipline: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2003/02/01 - 2007/07/01 Master Assistant Professor (Mestre Assistente). Disciplines: Laboratorial techniques, Cytological techniques I and Immunology (practical classes)
Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
1999/10/01 - 2001/11/01 Master Student
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal


Designation Funders
2013 - Current Combining siRNA and AAV therapy approaches to target human basal-like breast cancer: from vector development to anti-tumor efficacy evaluation.
2010 - Current Tumour spectrum in Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
2018 - 2020 Predicting patients' response to liposomal anticancer drugs: focusing on LRP1B endocytic activity.
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal


Designation Funders
2015 - Current Funding of RD Units Strategic Plan - 2013/2015 - OE
2014 - Current Projectos de IC&DT Estratégicos e de Interesse Público promovidos por Laboratórios Associados e Unidades de I&D - 2013 - COMPETE


Designation Funders
2021 - 2024/02/28 Drug Repurposing from cancer therapy to control of infections.
Technical development
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal


Journal article
  1. Pinto, MT. "The Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane Model: A New In Vivo Tool to Evaluate Breast Cancer Stem Cell Activity". International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22 1 (2020): 334-334. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms22010334.
  2. Pinto, MT. "The antibacterial and angiogenic effect of magnesium oxide in a hydroxyapatite bone substitute". Scientific Reports 10 1 (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76063-9.
  3. Pinto, MT. "BR-BCSC Signature: The Cancer Stem Cell Profile Enriched in Brain Metastases that Predicts a Worse Prognosis in Lymph Node-Positive Breast Cancer". Cells 9 11 (2020): 2442-2442. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cells9112442.
  4. Pinto, Marta. "Helicobacter Pylori Targets the EPHA2 Receptor Tyrosine Kinase in Gastric Cells Modulating Key Cellular Functions". Cells (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cells9020513.
  5. Loureiro, J.; Torres, A.L.; Neto, T.; Aguiar, P.; Barrias, C.C.; Pinto, M.T.; Amaral, I.F.. "Corrigendum to “Conjugation of the T1 sequence from CCN1 to fibrin hydrogels for therapeutic vascularization” [Mater. Sci. & Eng. C. 104 (2019) 109847](S092849311930548X)(10.1016/j.msec.2019.109847)". Materials Science and Engineering C 108 (2020): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85076046977&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  6. Pinto, Marta. "Conjugation of the T1 sequence from CCN1 to fibrin hydrogels for therapeutic vascularization". Materials Science and Engineering: C (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2019.109847.
  7. Pinto, Marta; Marques, F.G.; Poli, E.; Rino, J.; Pinto, M.T.; Diegues, I.; Pina, F.; Rosa Santos, S.C.. "Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation Enhance the Angiogenic Potential of Adipocyte Conditioned Medium". Radiation Research 192 5 (2019): 517-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1667/rr15438.1.
  8. Pinto, Marta. "O-glycans truncation modulates gastric cancer cell signaling and transcription leading to a more aggressive phenotype.". EBioMedicine (2019): http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC6413340.
  9. Pinto, Marta. "The Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) Assay as a Three-dimensional Model to Study Autophagy in Cancer Cells". BIO-PROTOCOL (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.21769/bioprotoc.3290.
  10. Pinto, Marta. "Codon misreading tRNAs promote tumor growth in mice". RNA Biology (2018): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15476286.2018.1454244.
  11. Torres, A.L.; Bidarra, S.J.; Pinto, M.T.; Aguiar, P.C.; Silva, E.A.; Barrias, C.C.. "Guiding morphogenesis in cell-instructive microgels for therapeutic angiogenesis". Biomaterials 154 (2018): 34-47. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85032820887&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  12. Pópulo, H.; Nunes, B.; Sampaio, C.; Batista, R.; Pinto, M.T.; Gaspar, T.B.; Miranda-Alves, L.; et al. "Inhibitory Effects of Antagonists of Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone (GHRH) in Thyroid Cancer". Hormones and Cancer 8 5-6 (2017): 314-324. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85029580437&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Ribeiro-Rodrigues, T.M.; Laundos, T.L.; Pereira-Carvalho, R.; Batista-Almeida, D.; Pereira, R.; Coelho-Santos, V.; Silva, A.P.; et al. "Exosomes secreted by cardiomyocytes subjected to ischaemia promote cardiac angiogenesis". Cardiovascular Research 113 11 (2017): 1338-1350. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85030638942&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  14. Olivera-Severo, D.; Uberti, A.F.; Marques, M.S.; Pinto, M.T.; Gomez-Lazaro, M.; Figueiredo, C.; Leite, M.; Carlini, C.R.. "A new role for Helicobacter pylori urease: Contributions to angiogenesis". Frontiers in Microbiology 8 SEP (2017): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85030183952&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  15. Pinto, Marta. "Corrigendum: Chromosomal, epigenetic and microRNA-mediated inactivation of LRP1B, a modulator of the extracellular environment of thyroid cancer cells (Oncogene (2010) 30 (1302-1317) DOI: 10.1038/onc.2010.512)". Oncogene 36 1 (2017): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85008937066&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Resende, C.; Regalo, G.; Durães, C.; Pinto, M.T.; Wen, X.; Figueiredo, C.; Carneiro, F.; Machado, J.C.. "Interleukin-1B signalling leads to increased survival of gastric carcinoma cells through a CREB-C/EBPß-associated mechanism". Gastric Cancer 19 1 (2016): 74-84. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84951569926&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  17. Teresa Pinto, A.; Laranjeiro Pinto, M.; Patrícia Cardoso, A.; Monteiro, C.; Teixeira Pinto, M.; Filipe Maia, A.; Castro, P.; et al. "Ionizing radiation modulates human macrophages towards a pro-inflammatory phenotype preserving their pro-invasive and pro-angiogenic capacities". Scientific Reports 6 (2016): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84954288518&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  18. Estrada, M.F.; Rebelo, S.P.; Davies, E.J.; Pinto, M.T.; Pereira, H.; Santo, V.E.; Smalley, M.J.; et al. "Modelling the tumour microenvironment in long-term microencapsulated 3D co-cultures recapitulates phenotypic features of disease progression". Biomaterials 78 (2016): 50-61. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84949946054&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  19. Pinto, A.T.; Pinto, M.L.; Velho, S.; Pinto, M.T.; Cardoso, A.P.; Figueira, R.; Monteiro, A.; et al. "Intricate macrophage-colorectal cancer cell communication in response to radiation". PLoS ONE 11 8 (2016): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84983567727&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  20. Almeida, M.I.; Silva, A.M.; Vasconcelos, D.M.; Almeida, C.R.; Caires, H.; Pinto, M.T.; Calin, G.A.; Santos, S.G.; Barbosa, M.A.. "miR-195 in human primary mesenchymal stromal/stem cells regulates proliferation, osteogenesis and paracrine effect on angiogenesis". Oncotarget 7 1 (2016): 7-22. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84969765513&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  21. Ferreira, L.B.; Tavares, C.; Pestana, A.; Pereira, C.L.; Eloy, C.; Pinto, M.T.; Castro, P.; et al. "Osteopontin-a splice variant is overexpressed in papillary thyroid carcinoma and modulates invasive behavior". Oncotarget 7 32 (2016): 52003-52016. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84982293109&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  22. Cardoso, A.P.; Pinto, M.L.; Pinto, A.T.; Pinto, M.T.; Monteiro, C.; Oliveira, M.I.; Santos, S.G.; et al. "Matrix metalloproteases as maestros for the dual role of LPS- and IL-10-stimulated macrophages in cancer cell behaviour". BMC Cancer 15 1 (2015): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84930669986&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  23. Caldeira, J.; Figueiredo, J.; Brás-Pereira, C.; Carneiro, P.; Moreira, A.M.; Pinto, M.T.; Relvas, J.B.; et al. "E-cadherin-defective gastric cancer cells depend on Laminin to survive and invade". Human Molecular Genetics 24 20 (2015): 5891-5900. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84943762566&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  24. Simões-correia, J.; Silva, D.I.; Melo, S.; Figueiredo, J.; Caldeira, J.; Pinto, M.T.; Girão, H.; Pereira, P.; Seruca, R.. "DNAJB4 molecular chaperone distinguishes WT from mutant E-cadherin, determining their fate in vitro and in vivo". Human Molecular Genetics 23 8 (2014): 2094-2105. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84897831766&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  25. Cardoso, A.P.; Pinto, M.L.; Pinto, A.T.; Oliveira, M.I.; Pinto, M.T.; Gonçalves, R.; Relvas, J.B.; et al. "Macrophages stimulate gastric and colorectal cancer invasion through EGFR Y 1086, c-Src, Erk1/2 and Akt phosphorylation and smallGTPase activity". Oncogene 33 16 (2014): 2123-2133. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84899425243&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  26. Gomes, C.; Osório, H.; Pinto, M.T.; Campos, D.; Oliveira, M.J.; Reis, C.A.. "Expression of ST3GAL4 Leads to SLex Expression and Induces c-Met Activation and an Invasive Phenotype in Gastric Carcinoma Cells". PLoS ONE 8 6 (2013): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84879165131&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  27. Pinheiro, H.; Carvalho, J.; Oliveira, P.; Ferreira, D.; Pinto, M.T.; Osoquot;rio, H.; Licastro, D.; et al. "Transcription initiation arising from E-cadherin/CDH1 intron2: A novel protein isoform that increases gastric cancer cell invasion and angiogenesis". Human Molecular Genetics 21 19 (2012): 4253-4269. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84866408689&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. Caldeira, J.; Simões-Correia, J.; Paredes, J.; Pinto, M.T.; Sousa, S.; Corso, G.; Marrelli, D.; et al. "CPEB1, a novel gene silenced in gastric cancer: A Drosophila approach". Gut 61 8 (2012): 1115-1123. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84863719147&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  29. Prazeres, H.; Torres, J.; Rodrigues, F.; Pinto, M.; Pastoriza, M.C.; Gomes, D.; Cameselle-Teijeiro, J.; et al. "Chromosomal, epigenetic and microRNA-mediated inactivation of LRP1B, a modulator of the extracellular environment of thyroid cancer cells". Oncogene 30 11 (2011): 1302-1317. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79952775150&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  30. Pinto, M.; Soares, P.; Ribatti, D.. "Thyroid hormone as a regulator of tumor induced angiogenesis". Cancer Letters 301 2 (2011): 119-126. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78651448387&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  31. Ribeiro, M.M.B.; Pinto, A.; Pinto, M.; Heras, M.; Martins, I.; Correia, A.; Bardaji, E.; Tavares, I.; Castanho, M.. "Inhibition of nociceptive responses after systemic administration of amidated kyotorphin". British Journal of Pharmacology 163 5 (2011): 964-973. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79955630518&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  32. Marques-Lopes, J.; Pinto, M.; Pinho, D.; Morato, M.; Patinha, D.; Albino-Teixeira, A.; Tavares, I.. "Microinjection of angiotensin II in the caudal ventrolateral medulla induces hyperalgesia". Neuroscience 158 4 (2009): 1301-1310. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-60149095326&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  33. Pinto, M.; Castro, A.R.; Tshudy, F.; Wilson, S.P.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Opioids modulate pain facilitation from the dorsal reticular nucleus". Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 39 4 (2008): 508-518. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-56249149196&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  34. Pinto, M.; Sousa, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Participation of µ-opioid, GABAB, and NK1 receptors of major pain control medullary areas in pathways targeting the rat spinal cord: Implications for descending modulation of nociceptive transmission". Journal of Comparative Neurology 510 2 (2008): 175-187. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-50249092715&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  35. Martins, I.; Pinto, M.; Wilson, S.P.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Dynamic of migration of HSV-1 from a medullary pronociceptive centre: Antinociception by overexpression of the preproenkephalin transgene". European Journal of Neuroscience 28 10 (2008): 2075-2083. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-55949120169&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  36. Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Neuronal activation at the spinal cord and medullary pain control centers after joint stimulation: A c-fos study in acute and chronic articular inflammation". Neuroscience 147 4 (2007): 1076-1089. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-34547118578&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  37. Castro, A.R.; Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Secondary hyperalgesia in the monoarthritic rat is mediated by GABABand NK1 receptors of spinal dorsal horn neurons: A behavior and c-fos study". Neuroscience 141 4 (2006): 2087-2095. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33747161263&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  38. Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Correlation of noxious evoked c-fos expression in areas of the somatosensory system during chronic pain: Involvement of spino-medullary and intra-medullary connections". Neuroscience Letters 409 2 (2006): 100-105. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33750378060&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  39. Castro, A.R.; Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Imbalance between the expression of NK1 and GABABreceptors in nociceptive spinal neurons during secondary hyperalgesia: A c-Fos study in the monoarthritic rat". Neuroscience 132 4 (2005): 905-916. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-18044366195&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  40. Castro, A.R.; Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Tavares, I.. "Nociceptive spinal neurons expressing NK1 and GABABreceptors are located in lamina I". Brain Research 1003 1-2 (2004): 77-85. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-1542298862&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  41. Pinto, M.; Lima, D.; Castro-Lopes, J.; Tavares, I.. "Noxious-evoked c-fos expression in brainstem neurons immunoreactive for GABAB, µ-opioid and nk-1 receptors". European Journal of Neuroscience 17 7 (2003): 1393-1402. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0038706314&partnerID=MN8TOARS.


2013 IDDNET – Technology Network award - 1st prise Proof of Concept Arrisca C 2014
2010 Endocrinology National Award SPEDM/NOVARTIS ONCOLOGY-2010 - Hugo Prazeres, Marta Pinto, Joana Couto, Fernando Rodrigues, João Vinagre, Joana Torres, Vitor Trovisco, Teresa Martins, Manuel Sobrinho-Simões e Paula Soares. The lipoprotein receptor LRP1B su
Novartis Oncology, United States
2006 Grünenthal Pain Award 2006 – Best investigation work - “Secondary hyperalgesia and the expression of NK1 and GABAB receptors in nociceptive spinal neurons. Actions of the supraspinal pain control system”
2005 Janssen/Astor Award - “Gene therapy for chronic pain control by manipulation of supraspinal centres”
2005 AstraZeneca Foundation Award 2005 - “The central nervous system during diabetic neuropathy: perspectives for gene therapy in pain control”
2004 International Investigation Award – 2nd honour mention - “Perspectives os gene therapy applications to chronic pain control”
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário, Portugal

Other distinction

2014 Finalista do prémio da 16ª edição do Jovem Empreendedor (Expertus, CAM assays)