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5th ITQB-AX PhD Meeting Program

We will have an early registration in the day before the meeting so you can collect your identity card, abstract book and attach your poster, if that is the case, with enough time before the presentations.




Day 1 (November 6th)
Opening Session: ITQB Direction and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras representatives.


Biology Session

Chairs: Luís Gafeira and Sandra Viegas

10:00-10:20 - O1. “Engineering Corynebacterium glutamicum for production of bulk chemicals: succinate and 2,3-butanediol.” D. Radoš, A.L. Carvalho, D.L. Turner, B. Blombach, A.R. Neves, B. Eikmanns and H. Santos.
10:20-10:40 - O2. “Functional analyses of inclusion membrane proteins of Chlamydia trachomatis.” Filipe Almeida, Luís Jaime Mota
10:40-11:10 – Coffee Break
11:10-11.30 – O3. “The Chlamydia trachomatis type III secretion substrates CT142 and CT143 could be part of a protein complex in the lumen of the bacterial vacuole.” Maria Cunha and Luis Jaime Mota
11:30-11:50 – O4. “Investigating the function of the zinc-finger factor Zeb1 in glioblastoma cancer stem cells.” Pedro Rosmaninho, Susanne Mükusch, Alexandre Raposo, Stefan Momma and Diogo S. Castro
11:50 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00-14:40 – Invited Speakers: Patrícia Rosado Pinto and João Paulo Crespo –“NOVA Doctoral School: Successes, Failures and Lessons Learned”


Chemistry Session
Chairs: Eva Lourenço and James Yates

14:40-15:00 – O5. “Applications of ionic liquids to increase the efficiency of enzyme biocatalysis.” Diana Ruivo
15:00-15:20 – O6. “Breaking azeotropes with high ionicity ionic liquids” Filipe S. Oliveira, Luís P. N. Rebelo and Isabel M. Marrucho*
15:20-15:40 – O7. “Designing membranes based on ionic liquid materials for highly efficient CO2 separation” Liliana C. Tomé, Carmen S.R. Freire, and Isabel M. Marrucho
15:40-16:00 – Tea break

Technology Session
Chairs: Patrícia Alves and Carmo Barreto

16:00-16:20 – O8. “Tweaking insect cell platforms for improved vaccine production: Metabolic profiling, pathway analysis and bioprocess optimization” Francisca Monteiro, Vicente Bernal, Maxime Chaillet, Imre Berger and Paula M. Alves
16:20-16:40 – O9. “Adenovirus vectors for gene therapy: impact of infection conditions and virus life cycle on the production of helper-dependent vectors” Paulo Fernandes, Daniel Simão, Ana I. Almeida, Miguel R. Guerreiro, Eric J. Kremer, Ana S. Coroadinha, Paula M. Alves
16:40-17:00 – O10. “Novel processes for adenovirus purification” Piergiuseppe Nestola, Ricardo J.S. Silva, Cristina Peixoto, Paula Alves, Manuel Carrondo, José Paulo Mota

17:15-19:00 – Poster Session (Odd numbers)
P1. “Extraction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from aqueous streams unis ionic liquids - a new approach” Hugo F. D. Almeida, Isabel M. Marrucho, Mara G. Freire
P3. “Yap1-mediated repression of the yeast low affinity iron transporter gene, FET4, confers cadmium tolerance” Soraia M. Caetano, Regina Menezes, Catarina Amaral, Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada, Catarina Pimentel
P5. “On the use of ionic liquids to improve polyaromatic hydrocarbons solubilisation” Anabela. J. L. Costa, José N. C. Lopes, José M. S. S. Esperança, Luís P. N. Rebelo
P7. “Rethinking the RMCE strategy to improve the development of insect cell lines” Mafalda M Dias, João Vidigal, Marco Patrone, Manuel JT Carrondo, Paula M Alves, Ana P Teixeira
P9. “Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier: unraveling beneficial effects of Blackberry Digested Polyphenols for human health” Figueira I, McDougall G, Stewart D, Ferreira RB, Kim KS, Brites D, Brito MA, Santos CN
P11. “Establishing experimental platforms towards structural and functional studies on ETF:QO” Tânia G. Lucas, Bárbara J. Henriques, João V. Rodrigues, Ema Alves, Hugo Rocha, Laura Vilarinho, Rui G. Martinho, Rikke Olsen, Peter Bross, Cláudio M. Gomes
P13. “Unraveling the action of thermospermine in xylem differentiation” Andreia Matos, Ana Milhinhos, Osvaldo Ascenso, Rita Ventura, Célia Miguel
P15. “Role of formate-hydrogen lyase complex in hydrogen metabolism of sulfate-reducing bacteria” Cláudia Mourato, Mónica Martins & Inês A. C. Pereira
P17. “FtsZ perturbations and cell wall misplacement: the duo that unshapes Staphylococcus aureus”
Ana Raquel Pereira, Jen Hsin, Gabriel Billings, Ewa Krol, Dirk-Jan Scheffers, K.C. Huang and Mariana G. de Pinho
P19. “The contribution of Staphylococcus sciuri, S. fleurettii and S. vitulinus to the assembly of staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec)” Joana Rolo, Hermínia de Lencastre and Maria Miragaia
P21. “Genomic approaches to understand the responses of Castanea sp. to infection by Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands” Carmen Santos, Helena Machado, Susana Serrazina, Isabel Correia, Filomena Gomes, José Gomes-Laranjo, Tatyana Zhebentyayeva, C Dana Nelson, Pedro Fevereiro and Rita Costa

P23. “Drought stress and recovery behaviour of the biodiesel plant Jatropha curcas: transcriptomic and morphophysiology analysis” Sapeta H, Lourenço T, Lorenz S, Grumaz C, Miguel Costa JM, Sohn K and Oliveira MM
P25. “Development of a lentiviral vector producer cell line: the problem of viral protease cytotoxicity” Hélio Tomás, Ana Filipa Rodrigues, Paula Marques Alves, Manuel José Carrondo and Ana Sofia Coroadinha


Day 2 (November 7th)

Plant Sciences Session
Chairs: Ana Milhinhos and Pedro Barros

10:00-10:20 – O11. “Genetic Variation Of Genes Involved In Polyphenols Synthesis in Cynara Cardunculus” Ana Ferro, Rafael Lozano, Sónia Gonçalves, Maria Margarida Oliveira
10:20-10:40 – O12. “Mechanisms of (poly)phenol protection against alpha-synuclein toxicity” Diana Macedo, Lucélia Tavares, Gordon J. McDougall, Hugo Vicente Miranda, Derek Stewart, Ricardo B. Ferreira, Sandra Tenreiro, Tiago F. Outeiro and Cláudia N. Santos
10:40-11:10 – Coffee Break
11:10-11:30 – O13. “Functional characterization of novel transcription factors regulating OsNHX1 expression in a salt tolerance rice variety” Diego Almeida, Glenn Gregorio, M. Margarida Oliveira and Nelson J. M. Saibo
11:30-11:50 – O14. “Genomic approach to studying salt stress response in rice” Inês S. Pires, Jonathan M. Flowers, Sónia Negrão, Margarida M. Oliveira, Michael D. Purugganan
11:50-12:10 – O15. “Genotype x water availability effect on chickpea seed yield and nutritional quality” Isa C. Ribeiro, Nuno Simões, António Toureiro, Isabel Duarte, João B. Freire, Manuela Chaves, Jenny Renaut and Carla Pinheiro
12:10-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-14:40 – Invited Speaker: Pedro Figueira – “Exoplanets: stairways to the sky"


Biological Chemistry Session
Chairs: Susana Lobo, Ana Oliveira and José Brito

14:40-15:00 – O16. “Structural and biophysical insights on the latency-associated nuclear antigen (lana) protein from the murid gamma-herpesvirus 4” Bruno Correia, Marta Pires de Miranda, Rajesh Ponnusamy, Maria A. Carrondo, J. Pedro Simas, Kenneth M. Kaye, Colin E. McVey
15:00-15:20 – O17. “Ion translocation by respiratory complex I: Role of NuoL subunit” Bruno C. Marreiros, Ana P. Batista, Manuela M. Pereira
15:20-15:40 – O18. “Understanding the special properties of [NiFeSe] hydrogenases through the use of computational methodologies” Carla SA Baltazar, Victor H. Teixeira, Cláudio M. Soares
15:40-16:00 – Tea Break

16:00-16:20 – O19. “NMR dynamic studies of the human soluble Guanylate cyclase Heme domain” Meire C. Almeida, Ivo H. Saraiva and Manolis Matzapetakis
16:20-16:40 – O20. “pH gradients in continuum electrostatics calculations of Ccox” Pedro R. Magalhães, Sara R. R. Campos, A. Sofia F. Oliveira, Cláudio M. Soares, António M. Baptista
16:40-17:00 – O21. “Ubiquitin ligase Ufd2 is required for Yap8 stabilization upon arsenic stress” Rita T. Ferreira, Regina A. Menezes and Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada

17:15-19:00 – Poster Session (Even numbers)
P2. “Structural insights into substrate selectivity of E. coli nitric oxide reductase flavodiiron protein” P. T. Borges, C. V. Romão, V. L. Gonçalves, J. B. Vicente, M. Teixeira, C. Frazão
P4. “A green way to prepare a lipossoluble natural pink colorant” C. Saldanha do Carmo, A. N. Nunes, A.T. Serra, S. Ferreira-Dias, I. Nogueira, C.M.M. Duarte
P6. “Gram positive bacteria do it differently? - Probing the molecular bases for the efficient extracellular electron transfer performed by Thermincola potens JR.” Nazua L. Costa, Hans K. Carlson, Catarina M. Paquete, John D. Coates, Ricardo O. Louro
P8. “Binding of phosphorylated substrates by dinuclear bis-macrocyclic complexes” C. V. Esteves, R. Delgado
P10. “Unveiling the function and post-translational regulation of SLR1, the only DELLA protein in rice” Nuno M. Gonçalves, M. Margarida Oliveira, Isabel A. Abreu
P12. “Ion translocation by respiratory complex I: Role of NuoL subunit” Bruno C. Marreiros, Ana P. Batista, Manuela M. Pereira
P14. “Contribution of FTIR-ATR to predict phenolic content, in vitro antioxidant activity and colour, in different varieties of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)” Elsa Mecha, Maria Carlota Vaz Patto, Maria Eduardo Figueira, Maria Rosário Bronzea
P16. “Metabolome profiling of goat mammary gland – an approach using NMR” Mariana Palma, André M Almeida, Manolis Matzapetakis
P18. “Drought-Stress Induction Methods, a Comparison of the Arabidopsis Proteome Responses” Mafalda A. A. Rodrigues, M. Margarida Oliveira, Isabel A. Abreu
P20. “Drought stress in rice: looking into the SUMOylation machinery in rice tolerant vs sensitive genotypes” Margarida G. Rosa, Diego M. Almeida, Nelson Saibo, M. Margarida Oliveira, Isabel A. Abreu
P22. “Host engineering of Medicago truncatula cell cultures for the improved production of recombinant proteins” Rita B. Santos, Andreas Schiermeyer and Rita Abranches
P24. “Novel synthesis of Oseltamivir and Tamiphosphor” Saul. A. G. Silva and Christopher. D. Maycock
P26. “Establishment of flexible insect cell platforms for fast production of pseudo-typed VLPs for drug and vaccine development” Vidigal J, Dias MM, Patrone M, Carrondo MJT Alves PM, Teixeira AP



 Poster Sessions

This year we provide a "Wine & Cheese Poster Session" so everyone can enjoy the discussion of the posters, in a more relaxed environment, in the end of each day of the meeting. Poster sessions are sponsored by Ribafreixo Wines and Paladares Alentejanos.



 Meeting Dinner

18249_foto.jpg The "5th ITQB-AX PhD Student's Meeting" Dinner will be held at Caravela D'Ouro, in Algés, in the end of the meeting. During dinner, best oral and poster presentations will be awarded. The dinner is sponsored by Câmara Municipal de Oeiras and ITQB.





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