Maria Francisca Coutinho, she is a researcher at the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge in Portugal. Ever since she finished her degree in Biology, in 2007, her scientific activity has been focused in the field of Health Sciences, particularly in the Human Genetics area.

Maria Francisca has been working in Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs), one of the major groups of genetic disorders, affecting both children and adults. Over these years she has actively contributed to the development of new methods for diagnosis/characterization of LSD patients and to the study of the pathophysiological mechanisms of these diseases. Currently, and taking advantage on the practical skills and theoretical background that those previous works have given her, she is working on a fully molecular approach to promote substrate reduction in a subgroup of LSDs, the Mucopolysaccharidoses, as potential therapeutic approach for these disorders, where no solution exists for the neurological phenotype.