Forging sustainability

Sónia Marisa Gonçalves da Cruz

Sónia Marisa Gonçalves da Cruz

Assistant Researcher

Research interests

Algae eco-physiology, in particular: physiological photoprotective mecanisms in micro- and macroalgae & applied photobiology for algae biomass production.

Marine photosynthetic symbiosis, in particular: functional kleptoplasty in Metazoa, physiological and behavioural photoprotective responses against oxidative stress, sacoglossan sea slugs biology.

Academic degrees

2010 – PhD in Biology, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
2004 – First degree in Biology, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Scientific activities

2020 - Present: Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: FCT Project CtLight

2015 - 2020: Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: IF/00899/2014

2011 - 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal) / University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Funding: FCT Postdoctoral Scholarships SFRH/BPD/65845/2009 & SFRH/BPD/97027/2013 and FCT Invited Scientist Scholarship SFRH/BCC/52508/2014

2010 - 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Funding: UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

2005 - 2009: PhD Student, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) / University of Leipzig (Germany)


2017 - 2020: coordinator of CESAM Research Group in Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture



ProBioMar - Modelling processes and functions of lagoon ecosystems: a better management and conservation of marine biological resources See more

CtLight - Effects of light on the photobiology and growth of the commercially valuable macroalgae Codium tomentosum See more

Omics4Algae - Lipidomic tools for chemical phenotyping, traceability and valorisation of seaweeds from aquaculture as a sustainable source of high added-value compounds See more

TraSeafood - Tracing the Geographic Origin of Seafood as a Pathway Towards the Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Resources See more

HULK - Functional Chloroplasts inside Animal cells: cracking the puzzle See more

PhotoSymbiOxiS - Physiological and behavioural photoprotective processes against oxidative stress in marine photosynthetic symbioses See more

Scientific Supervision

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Cátia Carreira (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Luca Morelli (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Mariana Ribeiro (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Paulo S. D. Cartaxana (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Felisa Rey Eiras (CESAM member)

CESAM Funding: