Carmen Alpoim

Carmen Alpoim 
CNC, DCV, University of Coimbra, PT


Maria Carmen Alpoim was born in Coimbra in 1951, graduated in Chemistry in 1973 at the Chemistry Department of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. As a student, in 1972, she was appointed as Monitor and, in 1973, she was promoted to Assistant at the Chemistry Department of the University of Coimbra, Portugal where she was teaching till 1977. In 1980 she obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry, from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London UK, and in 1981 she was appointed as Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the Chemistry Department of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 1987/88 she was Researcher at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK and, from 1988 to 2005 she was Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry and later on at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2005, she was appointed as Associated Professor at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Coimbra and in 2008-2010 she was President of the Directive Committee of the Biochemistry Department of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2010 she moved as Associated Professor to the new Department that resulted from the junction of four other Departments including the Biochemistry. She had published more than 65 publications including peer review proceedings and has given several invited lectures and attending many scientific meetings in several countries.  Her major research achievement was to find that malignant cells can be reprogrammed to cancer stem cells and that this process involves the inflammatory cytokines IL6, G-CSF and Activin A secreted by the fibroblasts that surround the malignant cells.

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