Marta Figueiredo, PhD, science writer —

Marta holds a biology degree, a master’s in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was awarded a research scholarship and a PhD scholarship, and her research focused on the role of several signaling pathways in thymus and parathyroid glands embryonic development. She also previously worked as an assistant professor of an annual one-week embryology course at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine.

Articles by Marta Figueiredo

Researchers Probe Targets to Reduce Mucus Production

Yap and Taz — two proteins involved in lung injury responses and regeneration — suppress the maturation of mucus-producing goblet cells and limit mucus levels in the lungs, according to a study of mice. These findings suggest that promoting Yap/Taz’s activity may be a potential therapeutic approach to limit the…

Dietary App May Help CF Patients in Meeting Nutritional Needs

A mobile, dietary self-monitoring app used for six months to track food choices and manage pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) helped children with cystic fibrosis (CF) to better meet disease-specific nutritional guidelines, a study shows. Still, the nutritional changes made were not sufficient to reach the standards of…

RNA-based Therapies Show Promise in Early Studies, ReCode Reports

RCT223 and RTX0001, ReCode Therapeutics’ experimental RNA-based therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF), safely restored function to CFTR, the faulty protein in CF, in patient-derived lung cells. Delivered through the company’s non-viral platform — called the selective organ targeting (SORT) lipid nanoparticle (LNP) platform — the therapies were also…