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2016 Summer Science @ ITQB NOVA organizing committee

Afonso Duarte | Ambre Jousselin | Américo G. Duarte | Ana Paula Santos | Catarina M. Paquete | Diana Lousa | Diego Hartmann | Dusica Rados | Joana Lobo Antunes | Naiara Fernandez


2016 Programme


2016 Participating Laboratories

The laboratories that received students during the 2016 Summer Science @ ITQB NOVA were:

- Genetics and Genomics of Plant Complex Traits (PlantX)

PlantX Lab unveil the genetic and genomic basis of plant Complex traits, such as nutritional or organoleptic quality or biotic/abiotic stress resistance, using different statistical genetic and genomic approaches.

Responsible investigator: Maria Carlota Vaz Patto

- Molecular Microbiology of Human Pathogens

The Molecular Microbiology of Human Pathogens group is studying how human interventions, such as the use of vaccines and antibiotics, impact on the nasopharyngeal ecosystem, a rich niche frequently inhabited by potentially pathogenic bacteria such asStreptococcus pneumoniae.

 Responsible investigator: Raquel Sá Leão

- Homogeneous Catalysis

The homogeneous catalysis group works on the synthesis of novel catalyst based on organometallic species. The final goal is to develop sustainable, efficient and selective organic transformations.

Responsible investigator: Beatriz Royo

- Proteome Regulation in Plants

The Proteome Regulation in Plants Laboratory studies the effects of post-translational modifications on protein function. Its working hypothesis is that the plant proteome can be induced to rapidly and efficiently deal with environmental changes, by manipulating its global regulation by post-translational modifications.

Responsible investigator: Isabel Abreu

- Protein Modelling

The Protein Modelling Laboratory works on molecular modelling of proteins using physical methods. The areas of work range from basic research in modelling methodologies to applications with biotechnological and biomedical interest. 

Responsible investigator: Cláudio Soares

- Inorganic Biochemistry and NMR

The Inorganic Biochemistry and NMR Laboratory is devoted to the structural and functional characterization of redox proteins that participate in the anaerobic bioenergetic metabolism of microorganisms, using biophysical methods.

Responsible investigator: Ricardo Louro

- Genomics and Stress

The genomics and stress laboratory works in the mechanisms involved in homeostasis control when yeast cells are exposed to different environmental cues. The function of Yap transcription factors in stress response is investigated.  

Responsible investigator: Claudina Pousada

- Mass Spectrometry 

The information obtained with the powerful Mass Spectrometry techniques is fundamental for the structural characterization of chemical and biochemical species.

Responsible investigator: Ana Coelho

- Bacterial Energy Metabolism

The Bacterial Energy Metabolism group investigates the metabolic pathways for energy production in anaerobic microorganisms that are relevant to health and the environment, and explores their biotechnological applications.

Responsible investigator: Inês Pereira

- Microbial & Enzyme Technology 

The research activities are in the field of Molecular Biotechnology aiming at the eco-efficient use of natural resources, the set-up of new bioremediation processes, and the production of bio-based products.

Responsible investigator: Lígia Martins

- Applied and Environmental Mycology  

The Applied and Environmental Mycology group aims to enlarge filamentous fungi biotechnological potential. Research ranges from fundamental studies on fungal biology to applications in bioremediation and biocatalysis, also highlighting ionic liquids higher interest.

Responsible investigator: Cristina Silva Pereira

- Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Research in Bioorganometallic Chemistry group is centred in the synthesis of biologically relevant N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), and on their applications as pharmaceuticals and catalysts.

Responsible investigator: Ana Petronilho

- Plant Gene Regulation

Plant Gene Regulation Laboratory uses the model and crop plants to study gene regulatory mechanisms underlying plant growth and plant responses to adverse environmental conditions

Responsible investigator: Nelson Saibo

- Control of Gene Expression

Control of Gene Expression group studies focus on the control of gene expression. It has studied RNA degradation and characterized enzymes that mediate decay. Other interests are stress and microbial growth. This work has many applications in Biotechnology and Health. 

Responsible investigator: José Andrade

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