Dr Pedro Leão

Pedro Leão heads the Cyanobacterial Natural Products Team at CIIMAR (University of Porto, Portugal). He graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Porto (2005) and obtained his PhD in the same University in 2010 where he studied the chemical ecology of cyanobacteria under the supervision of Vitor Vasconcelos. He then focused on the discovery, chemistry and biosynthesis of new natural products from marine cyanobacteria, and had postdoctoral stays at Scripps Oceanography (with Bill Gerwick) and Harvard University (with Emily Balskus). In 2017 he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant that allowed him to establish his lab at CIIMAR. His research is focused on the discovery of novel natural products and unusual enzymes. He has published two book chapters and over 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and has served as guest editor for the journals Toxins and Marine Drugs.