I am a Biologist (University of Lisbon) with a PhD in Biomedicine (University of Barcelona). I was mostly intrigued by microbiology and plant biology, but ended up following a 14-year research path in metabolic disorders and cancer metabolism. Unravelling the complexity and apparently chaotic behavior of metabolism was challenging and engaging in equal parts.

I joined SIRIS in 2018 and have been mainly involved in studies concerning biomedical research and its performing/supporting organizations (from research centers, to universities, philanthropic and public funders). This is a field that attracts rather high expectations (and budgets), therefore, our main goal is to inform and facilitate transformations that steer the pertinent actors towards a better usage of the available resources, while accomplishing its actual mission (advance society knowledge and wellbeing).

Main interests: analytic study of research outputs and outcomes, institutional models in health research and education.


  • Deficient Endoplasmic Reticulum-Mitochondrial Phosphatidylserine Transfer Causes Liver Disease.
    Hernández-Alvarez MI, Sebastián D, Vives S, Ivanova S, Bartoccioni P, Kakimoto P, Plana N, Veiga SR, Hernández V, Vasconcelos N, Peddinti G, Adrover A, Jové M, Pamplona R, Gordaliza-Alaguero I, Calvo E, Cabré N, Castro R, Kuzmanic A, Boutant M, Sala D, Hyotylainen T, Orešič M, Fort J, Errasti-Murugarren E, Rodrígues CMP, Orozco M, Joven J, Cantó C, Palacin M, Fernández-Veledo S, Vendrell J, Zorzano A.
    Cell. 2019 May 2;177(4):881-895.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.04.010. PMID: 31051106
  • Mitochondrial Complex I Activity Is Required for Maximal Autophagy.
    Thomas HE, Zhang Y, Stefely JA, Veiga SR, Thomas G, Kozma SC, Mercer CA.
    Cell Rep. 2018 Aug 28;24(9):2404-2417.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.07.101. PMID: 3015743
  • Phenformin-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction Sensitizes Hepatocellular Carcinoma for Dual Inhibition of mTOR.
    Veiga SR, Ge X, Mercer CA, Hernández-Álvarez MI, Thomas HE, Hernandez-Losa J, Ramón Y Cajal S, Zorzano A, Thomas G, Kozma SC.
    Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Aug 1;24(15):3767-3780. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-0177. Epub 2018 Apr 24.PMID: 29691292
  • Role of Mitochondrial Complex IV in Age-Dependent Obesity.
    Soro-Arnaiz I, Li QOY, Torres-Capelli M, Meléndez-Rodríguez F, Veiga S, Veys K, Sebastian D, Elorza A, Tello D, Hernansanz-Agustín P, Cogliati S, Moreno-Navarrete JM, Balsa E, Fuertes E, Romanos E, Martínez-Ruiz A, Enriquez JA, Fernandez-Real JM, Zorzano A, De Bock K, Aragonés J.
    Cell Rep. 2016 Sep 13;16(11):2991-3002. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.08.041.PMID: 27626667
  • Effect of low doses of actinomycin D on neuroblastoma cell lines.
    Cortes CL, Veiga SR, Almacellas E, Hernández-Losa J, Ferreres JC, Kozma SC, Ambrosio S, Thomas G, Tauler A.
    Mol Cancer. 2016 Jan 4;15:1. doi: 10.1186/s12943-015-0489-8.PMID: 26728659
  • Chapter 2 : The PI3K-mTOR Pathway mTOR Inhibition for Cancer Therapy: Past, Present and Future. 2016.
    Hala Elnakat Thomas, Sónia R Pereira da Veiga, George Thomas, Sara C Kozma.
    Springer-Verlag. Paris. ISBN 978-2-8178-0492-7.

E-mail: sonia.veiga@sirisacademic.com

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