Conceição Bettencourt is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Neurology. Dr. Bettencourt obtained her degree in Biology from the University of the Azores (Portugal) in 2002. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the same University. Her thesis titled “Machado-Joseph Disease: From Genetic Variability to Clinical Heterogeneity” focused on the genetic factors influencing that disease, also known as SCA3. After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship, divided between the labs lead by Prof. Lima (Azores, Portugal), Dr. García de Yébenes (Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Heutink (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dr. Bettencourt joined Prof. Houlden’s group at the UCL Institute of Neurology, in January 2013. She is interested in a deeper understanding of the molecular pathways underlying neurological and neuromuscular diseases, including spinocerebellar ataxias among many others. To this end, she is using mainly high-throughput genomic data to study the genetic cause and/or genetic modifying factors for those diseases.
Conceicao is now a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Holton Lab at the Queen Square Brain Bank.