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Filipa Moraes

Filipa Moraes received her doctorate degree in Developmental Biology from ITQB‐UNL and subsequently, she began her postdoctoral studies at Yale University, USA, where she studied signaling pathways in arteriogenesis. In 2014, she held a Teaching Scholar Appointment in Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. As a qualified Scientific Teaching Instructor (Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Filipa has proven experience in teaching at Yale University in different areas such as Genes & Development, Evolution, Mentoring, Research Conduct, Scientific Teaching, Research Proposal, & Paper Writing. From 2015/2016 Filipa worked Advanced Training officer at Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM), where she managed the advanced training programs. Since 2015, she works as a consultant and lecturer in STEM Education Mentoring and Career Development.



Vanessa Morais

Vanessa concluded her PhD in 2006 in the Glycobiology’s Lab, headed by Prof. Júlia Costa, at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA). After her PhD, Vanessa worked in Bart DeStrooper’s lab (VIB/KU Leuven) for nearly 10 years, as a Postdoctoral fellow, Staff Scientist and finally as Associate Professor.

In August 2015 she returned to her home country, Portugal, to become group leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) in Lisbon. Few weeks later she was distinguished for her work in the field of neurosciences and neural disorders with an ERC starting grant and an EMBO installation grant.



Anabela Isidro

Anabela Isidro is Coordinator of the European Research Area (ERA) Initiatives group at Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) since 2010. She is responsible for ERA-NET projects mainly in the areas of Health (Neurosciences, Infectious Diseases, Rare Diseases, Cardiovascular diseases) and Flagship ERA-NET (Human Brain Project). She has also an important role in the assistance of the Department Director with issues related to ERA.
Anabela has a degree in Microbial Biology and Genetics from Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. She completed her PhD in 2002, at ITQB NOVA in Molecular Biology in the Group of Microbial Development, headed by Prof. Adriano Henriques.

After a period as a Post-doctoral researcher at ITQB NOVA and National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), she got a “Ciência 2008” (2009-2010) at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV), Technical University of Lisbon.


Helga Garcia

Helga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Postgraduation in Statistics Applied to Biology and Health Sciences, both from Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa. In 2013, she finished her PhD in Chemistry, at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA) in the Applied and Environmental Mycology Laboratory, under the supervision of Cristina Silva Pereira. After her PhD, Helga has focused on exploring her analytical background into data science roles. During that period, she worked as a data scientist in a Portuguese environmental consultancy company and attended the Science to Data Science programme in London.

Helga is currently working at Eurotrials as a Statistician and Medical Writer. She collaborates with clinical experts in planning and designing of clinical studies, while ensuring their compliance with regulatory authorities and scientific guidelines.


Joana Lamego

Joana Lamego studied microbiology and genetics at Universidade de Lisboa (2002-2006). Following a research training period in academia as well as a brief experience in a Portuguese pharmaceutical company, she joined ITQB NOVA for PhD studies in biotechnology (2008-2012). During this time, she completed a post-graduation course in pharmaceutical marketing management, at the School of Economics and Management (ISEG) and participated in COHiTEC training program in technology commercialisation.

Since then, she has changed gears and specialised in research management, specifically, research funding: first, as scientific and technical coordinator of European Union (EU)’s FP7 funded projects, at iBET, she had the opportunity to experience project management; later, focusing on pre-award (i.e. the initial steps of a grant lifecycle), as international funding officer at iMM Lisboa, she supported the preparation, submission and negotiation of several successfully funded EU’s Horizon 2020 projects coordinated by iMM Lisboa. In 2015 she became head of the funding office at iMM Lisboa, where she coordinated the pre-award efforts, ensuring the diversification of the funding sources, with a special focus on structural funds, as well as the development of a specialized team for the funding office. She has recently started (Nov. 2016) a new job as Coordinator of Pre-Award Office for Sponsored Programs at Fundação Champalimaud. Her passion lies on the development of strategies for funding, especially at an institutional level, that allow supporting excellence in research.


Orfeu Flores

Orfeu Flores is STAB VIDA’s CEO, and one of STAB VIDA’s founders. Orfeu is currently President of GROUP STAB and CEO of STAB SGPS. Since the emergence of GROUP STAB, in 1995, he has helped to transform this biotechnology venture into an example of success in Portugal.
Orfeu presently belongs to the boards of IBET, AIESEC and PNCR, and collaborates with the European Commission, in the area of Molecular Biology and SME innovation.

Orfeu graduated in Applied Chemistry at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 1998, he attended the Masters Program in "technology and Commercialization", promoted by Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), and IC2/U. Texas, USA. In 2015, Orfeu finished his PhD in Molecular and genetic Engineering. His PhD work was developed at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA) and Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência (IGC).


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