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Cecília Arraiano elected to the European Academy of Microbiology

ITQB NOVA researcher is the 2nd elected Portuguese member

Oeiras, 15.04.2016

Cecília Arraiano, head of Control of Gene Expression laboratory, was elected as new member of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) and will be officially appointed this Friday, during the retreat of EAM members in Segovia, Spain. Cecília Arraiano is the second Portuguese elected member of this scientific academy.

“I was thrilled and honored to know that I was elected to this prestigious European Academy of Microbiology. It is always a joy to have the recognition of our international colleagues and peers. It is also very good news for Portuguese microbiology since it raises the visibility of our scientists, and will give the opportunity to better spread the word on the top research we are conducting”, said Cecilia Arraiano.

The European Academy of Microbiology includes about 100 microbiologists leading in their fields, representing 20 countries. Members are elected through a highly selective, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

The EAM was established in 2009 by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), for the promotion of excellence in microbiology and raising awareness to the relevant research being made worldwide.

Cecilia Arraiano is one of ITQB NOVA top scientists in a key research subject of our institute. Microbiology is one of our main interests, and Cecília Arraiano's work contributes substantially to our leadership in this field”, said ITQB Dean, Cláudio M. Soares, “We are all very proud of this distinction”.

Cecilia M. Arraiano graduated in Biology at the University of Lisbon and obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia, US. She is currently Coordinating Investigator at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, where she heads the Control of Gene Expression Lab. She is elected member of the General Council of this University and Former President of the Portuguese Genetics Society. Research wide, Cecilia Arraiano focuses on the control of gene expression in model microorganisms and, in particular, how RNA molecules control the life of the cell. Cecilia M. Arraiano participates in many scientific committees and over the years has been awarded a number of distinctions by her peers. These include the election as EMBO member in 2008, the election as member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences in 2009, the election as chair of the Workgroup of Women in Science from Federation of European Biochemical Societies in 2013 and more recently the election as fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology in 2014.

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