• Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130

    1169-056 Lisboa


  • Rua Câmara Pestana
    Edifício CEDOC II - Nº6
    1150-082 LISBOA


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Cancer Nanomedicine

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João Conde is a Group Leader, Professor and Vice-Dean for Research at NOVA Medical School, NOVA Medical Research, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. In 2014, he received his PhD in Biology with a specialization in NanoBiotechnology from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and the Universidad de Zaragoza as part of the FP7 European Consortium NanoScieE+-NanoTruck for the development of multifunctional gold nanoparticles for gene silencing. Following that, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Harvard-MIT Division for Health Sciences and Technology, and Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Junior Investigator at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular. In 2019, he won an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (1.5M€) to build a genetic biobarcode to profile breast cancer heterogeneity. He is also a co-founder of the biotech company TargTex, Targeted Therapeutics for Glioblastoma Multiforme (Funding ~20M€, European Innovation Council Accelerator - 14M€). Since 2020, he is also part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Consortium from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington. In 2023, he partnered with Vector Bioscience Cambridge and AstraZeneca to develop RNA-based cancer therapies from the European Innovation Council Transition (2.5M€). In 2023, was elected for the Scientific Advisory Board of FCT: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Since 2024, he has been on the Scientific Advisory board of Vector Bioscience Cambridge.

The main aspects related to the recognition and diffusion of his early contributions are: more than 120 articles in journals of Cancer Therapy, Oncology, Nanotechnology/Materials Science and NanoMedicine (The Lancet, Nature Materials, The Lancet Oncology, Nature Nanotechnology, JAMA Oncology, Nature Communications, The Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol, Nature Rev Methods Primers, PNAS, The Lancet Neurology, Nature Rev Bioengineering, Accounts of Chemical Research, The Lancet Child Adolesc Health, Progress in Materials Science, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Science, Trends in Cancer, Trends in Biotechnology, Biomaterials, etc), more than 30 articles are as 1st author and more than 60 articles as corresponding author and cited more than 10.600 times (h-index 51). 25 of them have been selected as cover pages for journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology (COVID-19 Special Issue), The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, ACS Nano, Adv. Functional Materials, Trends in Cancer, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Central Science, ACS Sensors, Biomaterials Science, ACS Applied Bio Mat, Adv. Healthcare Materials, Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, and BioTechniques. In addition, 10 international patents on nanomaterials-based platforms for cancer therapy and diagnosis were submitted and approved. He was also awarded several international awards, including the 2023 and 2022 World’s Top 2% Scientists list by Stanford University, the Nanomaterials 2020 Young Investigator Award, the 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator, the Top 2% Most cited in Nanoscience/ Nanotechnology from PLOS Biology, the Wellcome Image Awards 2017, the Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award, and the National Cancer Institute Image Award.

Conde Lab is focused on the application of multifunctional nano-and-biomaterials for cancer therapy and diagnosis, especially for tumour imaging and targeting, gene therapy/editing and drug delivery.

Education/Academic qualification

Biology, Doctorate, Cancer Theranostics: Multifunctional gold nanoparticles for diagnostics and therapy, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Award Date: 4 Dec 2013

PhD Fellow, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT)


Research Fellow, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT)


Under-graduate Fellow, Centre for Toxicogenomics and Human Health (ToxOmics)


External positions

Junior Researcher, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes - iMM


Postdoctoral Associate, Queen Mary University of London


Postdoctoral Associate - Marie Curie Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



  • QH426 Genetics
  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • Q Science (General)


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