Filipe Pereira has long held an interest in understanding how cell identity is acquired, maintained and ultimately modified or reversed. He has made several contributions to the field of cellular reprogramming during his graduate and post-doctoral studies in Amanda Fisher's (London) and Ihor Lemischka’s (New York) laboratories. Filipe Pereira has published 30 papers in high impact journals with over 2,100 citations. He has received fellowships from FCT, EMBO, Revson foundation, Marie Curie, 4 independent travels awards and the Rotary club merit award. Filipe Pereira is currently the group leader of the Cell Reprograming and Developmental Hematopoiesis Laboratory, focused on cell fate engineering and hematopoiesis. He was recently awarded the FCT-investigator starting grant as well as research support from FCT as a principal investigator.