Joana Ferreira

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Synapse Biology


Joana Ferreira, graduated in Biology in 2006 (University of Coimbra) and completed her PhD in Biosciences, specialty Neurosciences (University of Coimbra) in 2012, under the co-supervision of Ana Luísa Carvalho at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (University of Coimbra) and Ann Marie Craig at the Center for Brain Health (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada). After completing her PhD, she stayed at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology as a research fellow, and joined the group of Laurent Groc, at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience (CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France), in 2016. She has 16 papers in international peer-review journals, 8 of them as first or co-first author, 1 as co-corresponding author, and 2 book chapters. She has supervised and co-supervised 2 master students, and mentored several PhD and Master students. She joined the CNC in 2021 to develop her research mainly focused on the glutamatergic synapse and on the study of mechanisms that regulate NMDA receptors synaptic traffic and sub-synaptic organization. Her main expertise is molecular biology and superresolution microscopy.


Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) & Center for Innovation in Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CIBB) & Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Coimbra


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Information about journal articles, updated at 21-11-2021, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.

A Bottom-Up Approach to Red-Emitting Molecular-Based Nanoparticles with Natural Stealth Properties and their Use for Single-Particle Tracking Deep in Brain Tissue.

Ferreira, Joana S, Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.). 2021. . 10.1002/adma.202006644 . Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

CaMKII activation persistently segregates postsynaptic proteins via liquid phase separation

Tomohisa Hosokawa; Pin-Wu Liu; Qixu Cai; Joana S. Ferreira; Florian Levet; Corey Butler; Jean-Baptiste Sibarita; et al, Nature Neuroscience. 777 - 785. 6. 24. 2021. . 10.1038/s41593-021-00843-3 . Nature Neuroscience

Interplay between NMDA receptor dynamics and the synaptic proteasome

Joana S. Ferreira; Blanka Kellermayer; Ana Luísa Carvalho; Laurent Groc, European Journal of Neuroscience. 2021. . 10.1111/ejn.15427 . European Journal of Neuroscience

CaMKII activation triggers persistent formation and segregation of postsynaptic liquid phase

Tomohisa Hosokawa; Pin-Wu Liu; Qixu Cai; Joana S. Ferreira; Florian Levet; Corey Butler; Jean-Baptiste Sibarita; et al, Nature Neuroscience. 2021. . 10.1101/2020.11.25.397091 . accepted Nature Neuroscience

Distance-dependent regulation of NMDAR nanoscale organization along hippocampal neuron dendrites

Joana S. Ferreira; Julien P. Dupuis; Blanka Kellermayer; Nathan Bénac; Constance Manso; Delphine Bouchet; Florian Levet; et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2020. . 10.1073/pnas.1922477117 . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Fluorescent sp3 Defect-Tailored Carbon Nanotubes Enable NIR-II Single Particle Imaging in Live Brain Slices at Ultra-Low Excitation Doses

Amit Kumar Mandal; Xiaojian Wu; Joana S. Ferreira; Mijin Kim; Lyndsey R. Powell; Hyejin Kwon; Laurent Groc; YuHuang Wang; Laurent Cognet, Scientific Reports. 1. 10. 2020. . 10.1038/s41598-020-62201-w . Scientific Reports

Nanoscale exploration of the extracellular space in the live brain by combining single carbon nanotube tracking and super-resolution imaging analysis

Ferreira, Joana S, Methods (San Diego, Calif.). 2019. . 10.1016/j.ymeth.2019.03.005 . Methods (San Diego, Calif.)

Self-Interference (SELFI) Microscopy for Live Super-Resolution Imaging and Single Particle Tracking in 3D

Ferreira, Joana S, 2019. . 10.3389/fphy.2019.00068 .

Differential Nanoscale Topography and Functional Role of GluN2-NMDA Receptor Subtypes at Glutamatergic Synapses

Ferreira, Joana, Neuron. 2018. . 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.09.012 . Neuron

Co-agonists differentially tune GluN2B-NMDA receptor trafficking at hippocampal synapses

Joana S Ferreira; Thomas Papouin; Laurent Ladépêche; Andrea Yao; Valentin C Langlais; Delphine Bouchet; Jérôme Dulong; et al, eLife. 6. 2017. . 10.7554/eLife.25492 . eLife

Biotinylation and Purification of Plasma Membrane-associated Proteins from Rodent Cultured Neurons

Caldeira, Margarida; Ferreira, Joana; Carvalho, Ana; Duarte, Carlos, BIO-PROTOCOL. 10. 6. 2016. . 10.21769/bioprotoc.1807 . BIO-PROTOCOL

Multiple domains in the C-terminus of NMDA receptor GluN2B subunit contribute to neuronal death following in vitro ischemia.

Vieira MM; Schmidt J; Ferreira JS; She K; Oku S; Mele M; Santos AE; et al, 2016. . 10.1016/j.nbd.2015.11.007 .

Single nanoparticle tracking of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors in cultured and intact brain tissue.

Varela JA; Ferreira JS; Dupuis JP; Durand P; Bouchet D; Groc L, 2016. . 10.1117/1.NPh.3.4.041808 .

GluN2B-Containing NMDA Receptors Regulate AMPA Receptor Traffic through Anchoring of the Synaptic Proteasome

Ferreira, J. S.; Schmidt, J.; Rio, P.; Águas, R.; Rooyakkers, A.; Li, K. W.; Smit, A. B.; Craig, A. M.; Carvalho, A. L., J Neurosci. 8462 - 79. 22. 35. 2015. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3567-14.2015 . J Neurosci

Contactin-associated protein 1 (Caspr1) regulates the traffic and synaptic content of a-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)-type glutamate receptors.

Santos SD; Iuliano O; Ribeiro L; Veran J; Ferreira JS; Rio P; Mulle C; Duarte CB; Carvalho AL, 2012. . 10.1074/jbc.M111.322909 .

Glutamate binding to the GluN2B subunit controls surface trafficking of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors.

She K; Ferreira JS; Carvalho AL; Craig AM, 2012. . 10.1074/jbc.M112.345108 .

Activity and protein kinase C regulate synaptic accumulation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors independently of GluN1 splice variant.

Ferreira JS; Rooyakkers A; She K; Ribeiro L; Carvalho AL; Craig AM, 2011. . 10.1074/jbc.M111.222539 .

Characterization of alternatively spliced isoforms of AMPA receptor subunits encoding truncated receptors.

Gomes AR; Ferreira JS; Paternain AV; Lerma J; Duarte CB; Carvalho AL, 2008. . 10.1016/j.mcn.2007.10.008 .

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