bettencourt dias

Monica Bettencourt-Dias

Current position

Group leader

Host institution

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal

Immunofluorescence on a Drosophila’s sperm flagella.

Biology of Centrosomes and Cilia


Mónica Bettencourt-Dias studies crucial structures in our cells, centrioles and cilia. She is investigating their biogenesis, evolution and misregulation using a variety of approaches, model organisms and patient samples.

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• 2001 Ph. D., University College London, United Kingdom, Jeremy Brockes’ lab

• 2004 Science communication diploma, Birbeck College, London, UK

• 2002-2006 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, David Glover’s lab

• 2006 appointed group leader, Institute Gulbekian of Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal


• ERC consolidator Grant, 2015

• Elected EMBO member, 2015

• Keith Porter Fellowship, 2012

• Award for Basic research, Pfizer, 2012

• Starting Grant, European Research Council (ERC), 2010

• EMBO Young Investigator, 2009

• European Young Investigator Award, Eppendorf, 2007

• Basic Research Award in Portugal, Pfizer, 2007