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João Pinto is Assistant Professor at the Medical Parasitology Unit of IHMT/UNL since 2009. He coordinates the Vector-Borne Diseases group of GHTM since 2015.
He got a degree in Biology (1994) and a PhD in Genetics (2003), both from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. His PhD studies focused on the genetics malaria vectors in islands and detection of population changes associated with vector control. After the PhD, he held a post-doc fellowship shared between the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and IHMT to work on the genetics of insecticide resistance.
Teaching activities include the coordination of the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences and three Curricular Units (Control of Parasitic Diseases, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Research Progress and Perspectives). He has supervised 4 postdocs, 3 PhD students and 8 MSc students; ii) Genetics of insecticide resistance.
João Pinto has 67 peer-reviewed research papers and over 1,200 citations (Hirsh’s h-index: 23).
Our primary research interests focus on the genetics and evolutionary biology of insect vectors of disease. We develop studies aimed at characterizing patterns of population structure and gene flow and how these affect the distribution of genes of interest (e.g. insecticide resistance genes), the evolution of traits of medical importance and responsiveness to vector control measures. Our major target organisms are mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, Culex and Aedes, responsible for the transmission of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and arboviral infections.
Team: Patrícia Salgueiro (PostDoc Fellow)
- Gomes B., Wilding C.S., Weetman D., Sousa C.A., Novo M.T., Savage H.M., Almeida A.P.G., Pinto J. & Donnelly M.J. (2015). Limited genomic divergence between intraspecific forms of Culex pipiens under different ecological pressures. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 197. Link
- Pinto J., Egyir-Yawson A., Vicente J.L., Gomes B., Santolamazza F., Moreno M., Charlwood J.D., Simard F., Elissa N., Weetman D., Donnelly M.J., Caccone A. & della Torre A. (2013). Geographic population structure of the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae suggests a role for the forest-savannah biome transition as a barrier to gene flow. Evolutionary Applications 6: 910–924. Link
- Salgueiro P., Moreno M., Simard F., O’Brochta D. & Pinto J. (2013). New insights into the population structure of Anopheles gambiae s.s. in the Gulf of Guinea islands revealed by Herves transposable elements. PloS ONE 8: e62964. Link
- Dyer N.A., Furtado A., Cano J., Ferreira F., Afonso M.O., Ndong-Mabale N., Ndong-Asumu P., Centeno-Lima S., Benito A., Weetman D., Donnelly M.J. & Pinto J. (2009). Evidence for a discrete evolutionary lineage within Equatorial Guinea suggests that the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis palpalis exists as a species complex. Molecular Ecology 18: 3268–3282. Link
- Etang J., Vicente J.L., Nwane P., Chouaibou M., Morlais I., do Rosário V.E., Simard F., Awono-Ambene P., Toto J.C. & Pinto J. (2009). Polymorphism of intron-1 in the voltage-gated sodium channel 1 gene of Anopheles gambiae s.s. populations from Cameroon with emphasis on insecticide knockdown resistance mutations. Molecular Ecology 18: 3076-3086. Link