Claudia Ribeiro de Almeida is a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow, and tenure-track Group Leader of the Immunology Programme at the Babraham Institute since November 2018. Claudia studied Molecular Biology & Genetics at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, where she is originally from. Claudia undertook her PhD at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, after five successful years in the laboratory of Prof. Rudi Hendriks at the Erasmus MC (2005-2010). Her PhD work focused on the role of the transcription factor CTCF as a regulator of chromatin structure and gene expression in B- and T-lymphocytes.
As a post-doctoral Researcher, Claudia initially moved to the MRC-Clinical Sciences Centre (now MRC-LIMS) in London, to work with Prof. Ana Pombo. In 2012 she joined the laboratory of Prof. Nick Proudfoot at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford. Supported by an EMBO post-doctoral long-term Fellowship, Claudia developed an interest in RNA biology and initiated her work on RNA helicases in B-lymphocyte biology. Claudia has a long-standing interest in the study of the molecular mechanisms regulating immunoglobulin gene rearrangements, a field to which she has contributed 13 publications with over 400 citations.