Ana is one of the 11 winners of the 2023 EMBO Installation Grants, one of the 2 scientists awarded in Portugal this year, and her funded project will deepen our understanding of the process of dormancy in tumor cells.
This competitive initiative supports excellent group leaders who are in the process of establishing their laboratories in participating European countries. The awarded early-career scientists receive 50,000 euros annually for three to five years and can apply for additional grants of up to 10,000 euros per year. Grantees become part of the EMBO Young Investigator Network, and benefit from networking, mentoring, and training opportunities, as well as access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.
This EMBO Installation Grant will allow for the implementation of a multidisciplinary approach that will contribute to a better understanding of the tissue immune barriers to breast cancer metastasis, and leverage this biology for therapeutic intervention in patients risking currently incurable metastatic disease. The expected results will represent a major step forward towards cracking the dormancy challenge, and ultimately inspire therapies that restore normal immune physiology and prevent metastatic seeds from ever sprouting.