Portrait of the group leader Jorge Ruas

Associate Professor Jorge Ruas


I was born on the island of Madeira (Portugal) and grew up in Lisbon. I have a Pharm.D. from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon and started my research explorations during university by performing several internships in different scientific areas. After university, I worked in a research lab at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Oeiras, Portugal), where I was first introduced to the field of regulation of gene expression. I continued my studies in transcriptional regulation of gene expression at Karolinska Institutet (KI), with an internship at The Rockefeller University (New York, USA), and got my PhD in Medical Sciences – cell and molecular biology. I then moved to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute andHarvard Medical School (Boston, USA) for my postdoctoral studies in transcriptional regulation of skeletal muscle function. In 2011, I moved back to KI to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology as an Assistant Professor and created this research group on molecular & cellular exercise physiology. Since 2016 I am Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology at KI.