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AVX Seminar: Human Enhancement

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Alexandre Quintanilha, Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Universidade do Porto

When 14 Dec, 2011 from
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where Auditorium
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AVX Seminar


Title: Human Enhancement

Speaker: Alexandre Quintanilha

Affiliation: Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Universidade do Porto


Alexandre Quintanilha was born on August 9th, 1945 in Lourenço Marques (Maputo) where he finished his secondary school studies. He has a degree in Theoretical Physics by the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a PhD in Solid State Physics (1972) by the same University.

Quintanilha switched his focus to Biology when he moved to the University of California (Berkeley) where he remained for 20 years. While in Berkeley, he created the Center for Environmental Studies and developed research in the area of stress. He was involved in the creation of the new Advanced Light Source and several interdisciplinary PhD Programs. As assistant director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, section of Energy and Environment, and as professor of cell physiology, Quintanilha has supervised many young students in these areas.

Alexandre Quintanilha returned to Portugal in 1991 as director of the Centro de Citologia Experimental da Universidade do Porto and professor at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS). He created the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC), was the head the Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) for several years and director, for ten years, of the Associate Laboratory that integrated both institutes. Currently, he is the president of Conselho de Gestão e Orientação of the I3S consortium (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde), which includes IBMC, INEB and IPATIMUP.

With over 120 published papers in scientific international journals, he was editor/author of six volumes in Biology and Environment areas, consultant of Enciclopédia de Física Aplicada, and he has written dozens of articles and reports in books, magazines and newspapers, while coordinating and authoring a number of works in the areas of Biology, Environment and Applied Physics.

Quintanilha headed several working groups at the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); he is a member of many scientific societies and also of the Council on Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society.

His current scientific interests include biological stress, risk, and scince popularization He is secretay of the Council of Associate Laboratories and president of Ethics Committee for Clinical Research.

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