Lab Members

Rita B. Santos, Postdoc Gravitas FCT project

E-mail: absantos@fc.ul.pt

PhD in Biology, 2018 Orcid ID

Focus: plant proteases, host-pathogen interaction, active secretome.

“I am specialised in biochemistry with knowledge in biotechnology approaches. I have experience in production of recombinant proteins in plant systems; purification systems; in vitro plant culture; fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy; SDS-PAGE and western blot techniques. My present research interests are plant-pathogen interactions, namely the grapevine-downy mildew pathosystem model. I am mainly focused in the role of plant proteases in this interaction and in the molecular mechanisms that trigger the plant’s immune priming.”

 


Marisa Maia, PhD Student FCT Fellowship

E-mail: mrmaia@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Biochemistry, 2016 Orcid ID

Focus: metabolic pathways associated to resistance traits, host-pathogen interaction

“Since I can remember, I always wanted to be a scientist. Being curious and the thirst for knowledge is what drives me every day. I am interested in both constitutive metabolic traits associated to resistance/susceptibility and their link to phenotype. I am also interested in understanding the pathogen driven host metabolic modulation focusing on the grapevine-P. viticola pathosytem.”

 

Supervisors: Marta Sousa Silva (FT-ICR-MS-Lisboa) & Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI-FCUL)

 


Joana Figueiredo, PhD Student FCT Fellowship

E-mail: jffigueiredo@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Biochemistry, 2016 Orcid ID

Focus: grapevine serine proteases, immune priming, host-pathogen interaction

“I’m completely interested in plant-pathogen interaction, mainly in the recognition mechanisms and the role of protease in them. The quest for absolute knowledge is what moves me and makes me want to be a scientist. The route won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it.”

 

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI-FCUL) & Marta Sousa Silva (FT-ICR-MS-Lisboa)

 


Gonçalo Laureano, PhD Student FCT Fellowship

E-mail: gmlaureano@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2018 Orcid ID

Focus: elicitors of grapevine immunity, lipid signaling, host-pathogen interaction

“Science is a path full of uncertainties, as a scientist, unraveling them is my biggest challenge. Always searching for a solutions, curious, determined and with a great adventure spirit is how I define myself as a scientist.”

 

Supervisors: Ana Rita Matos & Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI-FCUL)

 


Ana Rita Cavaco, PhD Student BioSys PhD program-FCT Fellowship

E-mail: arcavaco@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Biochemistry, 2015 Orcid ID

Focus: lipid signalling, host-pathogen interaction

“The goal of my research is to understand the lipid signalling mechanisms in response to fungal pathogens. Together with my colleagues, I mean to find out new, more sustainable ways to control grapevine diseases.”

 

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo & Ana Rita Matos (BioISI-FCUL)

 


Catarina Gouveia, PhD Student BioSys PhD program-FCT Fellowship

E-mail: cagouveia@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Applied Microbiology, 2013 Orcid ID

Focus: host-pathogen interaction, proteases, microbiology, physiology

“I’m a PhD student of the BioSys doctoral program. As a microbiologist my main interests are on System Biology, biotic interactions between plant and microorganisms and the application of knowledge on plant productivity. In my PhD I intend to study plant physiology, transcriptomics and molecular pathways of Vitis viniferaPlasmopara viticola interaction, focusing on the role of subtilisin-like proteases in grapevine resistance to downy mildew.” 

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI-FCUL), Guenther Bulchoz (AlPlanta) & Rui Malhó (BioISI-FCUL)

 


Vanessa Azevedo, PhD Student BioSys PhD program-FCT Fellowship

E-mail: vsazevedo@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Biomedical Sciences, 2013 Orcid ID

Focus: host-pathogen interaction, proteases, microbiology, physiology

“Throughout my participation in research my interest has been focused on plant genetic development and plant defence mechanisms to biotic and abiotic stresses. Currently, I am doing my PhD on the characterisation of the epigenetic machinery of the grapevine immune system in response to P. viticola since the study to prevent and control plant diseases has increasingly focused on the regulatory pathways and epigenetic mechanisms involved in plant-pathogen interaction responses.”

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI-FCUL), Fiammetta Alagna (ENEA) & Rui Malhó (BioISI-FCUL)

 


Rui Nascimento, PhD Student FCT Fellowship

E-mail: rfnascimento@fc.ul.pt

MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2017 Orcid ID

Focus: data mining, bioinformatics, transcriptomics

“I have always been fascinated by biology and the complexity of living beings. There is a wonderful thrill that comes from understanding something new. Using a holistic systems’ biology approach of different omics data types, I’m interested in grapevine’s host-pathogen interactions”

Supervisors: Margarida Gama Carvalho & Andreia Figueiredo (BioISI)

 


Gonçalo Pereira, BioRev Master Student

BSc in Biology, 2018

Focus: bioinformatics, host-pathogen interactions, epigenetics

“I’ve always been taught that the most important thing in our lives is to never stop questioning, in order to learn something new. Studying and understanding the whole complex mechanism of plants, their resistance to pathogens, as well as their potencial use for humans, have always been part of my list of interest in this field.”

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo & Rita B. Santos (BioISI)

 


Catarina Santos, Molecular Biology and Genetics Master Student

BSc in Biology, 2020

Focus: elicitors of grapevine immunity, lipid signaling, host-pathogen interaction

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always asked too many times “why?”, because I like to understand why nature is the way it is. That’s why Science and specifically Molecular Biology caught my attention. Understanding how grapevine responds to P. viticola infection in a molecular aproach can lead me to a vast number of answers about nature itself.”

Supervisors: Andreia Figueiredo & Ana Rita Matos (BioISI-FCUL)

 

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