José Pereira Leal holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and has worked internationally in the field of Bioinformatics for the past 20 years. As a PhD student and then as a post-doctoral fellow, he worked as a researcher at Imperial College School of Medicine (London, UK), the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas (Texas, USA), the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (Cambridge, UK) and at the MRCl Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK). After 10 years abroad, he returned to Portugal where he founded, and presently coordinates, the Computational Genomics Laboratory at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, supervising a research program in bioinformatics, comparative and medical genomics, and data integration. He also coordinated the Bioinformatics Unit of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, where he helped to establish the European biological data infrastructure ELIXIR, and its national counterpart, the Portuguese biological data infrastructure BioData.pt.
He has become increasingly interested in the transference of knowledge to society, having been involved in several translational projects and been through the Catholic University Advanced Management Program for Entrepreneurs. He is currently a founder and the executive director of Ophiomics – Precision Medicine, where he is committed to applying the latest advances in Genomic and Bioinformatics research to improve clinical practice and patient care.
Healthcare City aims to attract innovators whose work will transform health care.
As Scientific Director of the program, his main aim is to insure that solid science and technology is behind all incubated projects and value propositions.