Beleza, Ana – consultant geneticist


Consultant profiles


Dr Ana Beleza, genetic consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustEmail:
Area of expertise: craniofacial development, syndromology, skeletal dysplasias, fetal medicine
Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, French, some Spanish and Swedish

  • Biography

    Dr Ana Beleza is a locum consultant in the clinical genetics service at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

    She is originally from Porto, Portugal, where she lived and studied until aged 27.

    She developed an interest in genetics after school. After completing her medical training in Portugal, she moved to Stockholm to study medical genetics at the Karolinska Institute. Her main interest was, and still is, the genetics of developmental disorders.

    After two years in London working as a researcher at King’s College London, Dr Beleza moved back to Portugal to complete her training as a clinical geneticist.
    She's now back in London, working at Guy's and St Thomas'.

  • Education and training

    • July 2000: medical degree (MBBS) – Porto University, Portugal
    • June 2004: MSc in Molecular Medicine – Porto University, Portugal
    • August 2007: PhD in Medical Genetics – Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
    • October 2013: specialist training in clinical genetics – University Hospital Centre, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Specialist interests

    • Genomics
    • Developmental and prenatal genetics
    • Syndromology
    • Craniofacial malformations
    • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Research interests

    Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Division of Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology, King’s College London; presently involved in a DDD- Complementary Analysis Project to investigate the causes of craniofacial developmental disorders, such as cleft lip and palate and mandibulofacial dysostosis.

    • Appointed a member of the GeCIP for craniofacial malformations as part of the 100,000 genomes project; PanelApp reviewer for craniofacial developmental disorders and skeletal dysplasias
    • Sub-Principal Investigator on the BioMarin trial for Achondroplasia.
  • Awards

    • 2000: first prize – 6th National Scientific Congress of Medical Students ANEM/PorMSIC, Portugal, 2000
    • 2003-2007: PhD scholarship – Portuguese Ministry for Science and Technology
    • 2000: grant for medical research – Foundation Samariten, Sachsska Children's Hospital, Södersjukhuset, Sweden
    • 2006: grant for medical research – Foundation Sävstaholm, Sweden
    • 2012: grant for medical research – Rosetrees Trust, UK
    • 2013: first prize for clinical research of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Human Genetics, Portugal.