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Victor Manuel Fernandes Galhano

Victor Manuel Fernandes Galhano

Investigador


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  • Departamento: Biologia
  • Grupo de Investigação: Biodiversidade Funcional
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Galhano V or Galhano VMF) and AD=(Dept Biol and Aveiro or Dept Dept Biol Amb and Vila Real or CIIMAR and Porto); ResearcherID: J-8507-2014; http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8130-6797; Scopus Author ID: 13607770800


Interesses de investigação

Major areas of specialization:
Biological and Chemical Sciences: Ecotoxicology; Environmental Toxicology.


Other major domains:
Effect of pesticides, hazardous and noxious substances and other xenobiotics on freshwater and saltwater organisms, mainly cyanobacteria, microalgae, invertebrates, amphibians and fish; biochemistry of microalgae and cyanobacteria; ecophysiology; study of abiotic (environmental) factors/stressors on crop plants; photosynthesis: bioenergetics and productivity.

Graus académicos

January 20, 2012 (conclusion): PhD in Chemical and Biological Sciences (Classification: Summa cum Laude by unanimous decision), at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).

March 28, 2003 (conclusion): M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale; Pre-Bologna) degree in Plant Biology (Classification: Approved – Very Good by unanimous decision), at University of Coimbra (Portugal).
October 1998 – October 2000: Post-Graduation degree (Pre-Bologna) in Plant Biology (Final classification: Approved; 17 values in a total of 20), at University of Coimbra (Portugal).

February 20, 1997 (conclusion): Licentiate (Laurea) degree (Pre-Bologna, five years) in Agronomic Engineering (Classification: Good with Distinction), at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).

Atividades científicas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Publicações

Projetos

FENOMENO–Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems Ver mais

Orientações científicas

1st Cycle Degree in Biochemistry (Orientador Principal): Hugo Miguel Ramos Santos (not a CESAM member)

Final scientific stage (biology component) of the M.Sc. (pre-Bologna) (Orientador Principal): Paulo Sérgio Cancela Fortuna (not a CESAM member)

Final scientific stage (biology component) of the M.Sc. (pre-Bologna) (Orientador Principal): Cláudia Marisa Dias da Silva Ribeiro (not a CESAM member)

Final scientific stage (biology component) of the M.Sc. (pre-Bologna) (Orientador Principal): Vera Lúcia Pires de Carvalho (not a CESAM member)

Professional Activities


  • August 2015 – Present: Post-doctoral research fellow (full-time) within the framework of the international project entitled “Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems (FENOMENO)”, with reference “ERA-SIINN/0002/2013”, funded by the European Commission, National funding by FCT (ref. BPD/UI88/6739/2015); Name and address of employer: Department of Biology & CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal;

  • January 2014 – July 2015: Post-doctoral research fellow (full-time) within the framework of the national project entitled “Assessing biological degradation of stream ecosystems resulting from abstraction: the impact for biodiversity and ecological function (ABSTRACTION)”, with reference “FCT PTDC/AAC/AMB/116036/2009”, funded by the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), Portuguese Government; Name and address of employer: Department of Biology & CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal;

  • May 2013 – November 10, 2013: Post-doctoral research fellow (full-time) within the framework of the SR&TD Integrated Program “MARVALOR – Building research and innovation capacity for improved management and valorization or marine resources”, project “ECORISK – Ecological risk assessment of oils and hazardous and noxious substances in the NW Portuguese coast”, with reference “NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000055”, supported by ON2 – Programa Operacional Regional do Norte and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); Name and address of employer: CIIMAR – Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Rua dos Bragas, n.289, 4050-123 Porto, Portugal;

  • March 2012 – December 2012: Post-doctoral research scientist in training (full-time) - research, project management and learning activities in biochemistry and biotechnology engineering. Working programme: “Virulence blockage and re-sensitization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to antibiotics by quorum quenching”; Name and address of employer: Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Covilhã, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6201-506, Covilhã, Portugal;

  • February 2005 – January 2012: Doctorate fellowship (full-time, Science and Technology Foundation grant for a gifted young researcher); Name and address of employer: Chemistry Department / Department of Biology and Environment, Centre for Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes & Alto Douro, P.O. Box 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal;

  • July 2005: Doctorate student (full-time); Name and address of employer: Biology Dpt., C/ Darwin, 2, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain;

  • November 03, 2000 – December 31, 2005: Assistant Lecturer (Teaching and Research Assistant), Project Manager; Name and address of employer: Department of Biology and Environment, University of Trás-os-Montes & Alto Douro, P.O. Box 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal;

  • November 03, 1997 – November 03, 2000: Lecturer (Collaborator); Name and address of employer: Department of Biology and Environment, University of Trás-os-Montes & Alto Douro, P.O. Box 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal.

Areas of Scientific Research

Major areas of specialization:



  • Biological and Chemical Sciences: Ecotoxicology; Environmental Toxicology.


Other major domains:



  • Effect of pesticides, hazardous and noxious substances and other xenobiotics on freshwater and saltwater organisms, mainly cyanobacteria, microalgae, invertebrates, amphibians and fish; biochemistry of microalgae and cyanobacteria; ecophysiology; study of abiotic (environmental) factors/stressors on crop plants; photosynthesis: bioenergetics and productivity.


Current research interests:



  • Nanoecotoxicology / freshwater ecotoxicology;

  • Fate and life cycle of nanoparticle-based products in freshwater ecosystems;

  • Evidence and impacts of engineered nanoparticles frequently found in effluents from wastewater treatment plants;

  • Meta-analysis, data compilation, selection and derivation of predicted no effect concentration values for freshwater systems exposed to chemical stressors, mainly nanoparticles and micro/nanoplastics, within the framework of environmental risk assessment surveys in the REACH context;

  • Effects of nanomaterials, micro/nanoplastics, pesticides, hazardous and noxious substances, pharmaceuticals, contaminants of emergent concern, and abiotic stresses (e.g. UV-B, drought, salinity, temperature) on both freshwater and marine biota, mainly prokaryotic microorganisms, invetebrates, amphibians and fish;

  • Proteomics, genomics and metabolomics applied to ecotoxicology in freshwater and marine organisms exposed to abiotic/environmental and anthropogenic stressors; advanced ecotoxicology and microbiological techniques; development of biomarkers in ecotoxicological risk assessment studies;

  • Comprehension of the mechanistic biochemical pathways involved in the tolerance and adaptation of invertebrates and microorganisms exposed to acute and chronic stressful chemical conditions;

  • Searching for new protocols of antibiotics' multi-resistant microorganisms (e.g. Gram-negative bacteria) exhibiting social behaviour (quorum sensing) involved in the transcription of virulence factors in a cooperative manner and formation of biofilms;

  • Study of algaecide/algistatic effects of plant extracts in microalgae and cyanobacteria (phytochemistry);

  • Bioenergetics of photosynthesis and respiration in cyanobacteria, microalgae and crop plants;

  • Chemotaxonomy and molecular biology of microalgae and cyanobacteria;

  • Agrobiotechnology.

Academic Degrees


  • January 20, 2012 (conclusion): PhD in Chemical and Biological Sciences (Classification: Summa cum Laude by unanimous decision), at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).

  • March 28, 2003 (conclusion): M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale; Pre-Bologna) degree in Plant Biology (Classification: Approved – Very Good by unanimous decision), at University of Coimbra (Portugal).

  • October 1998 – October 2000: Post-Graduation degree (Pre-Bologna) in Plant Biology (Final classification: Approved; 17 values in a total of 20), at University of Coimbra (Portugal).

  • February 20, 1997 (conclusion): Licentiate (Laurea) degree (Pre-Bologna, five years) in Agronomic Engineering (Classification: Good with Distinction), at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).

Participation in Projects

In Progress: “Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems (FENOMENO)”, reference “ERA-SIINN/0002/2013”, funded under the ERA-NET scheme of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, Research Directorate - General, Grant Agreement No. 265799.


Concluded: (1) Assessing biological degradation of stream ecosystems resulting from abstraction: the impact for biodiversity and ecological function (ABSTRACTION), ref. FCT PTDC/AAC/AMB/116036/2009, Department of Biology & CESAM (Aveiro), as team member with a research grant; (2) Ecological risk assessment of oils and hazardous and noxious substances in the NW Portuguese coast (ECORISK), ref. NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000055, CIIMAR (Porto), as team member with a research grant; (3) Contribuição para o Desenvolvimento da Cultura da Amendoeira (Prunus amygdalus L.) no Vale do Douro Superior [Contribution to the Development of the Almond-tree (Prunus amygdalus) in the Upper Douro Valley, Portugal]”, ref. PAMAF 2044, Department of Biology and Environment / CITAB, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real), as team member; (4) Incremento da Competitividade Regional no Cultivo da Amendoeira (Prunus amygdalus) e Preservação dos Recursos Genéticos [Improvement of Almond-tree (Prunus amygdalus) Regional Competitiveness and Preservation of Genetic Resources]”, ref. AGRO 279, Department of Biology and Environment / CITAB, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real), as team member.

Teaching Activities

Academic year 1996/1997:
• Practical classes of General and Applied Botany (part of Plant Histology). Course: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology.


Academic year 1997/1998:
• Practical classes of Ecophysiology I. Course: Master in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Complementary Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Agronomy and Master in Forest Engineering (2nd Semester);
• Lecturer collaboration in Extensive Herbaceous Crops (integrated topics of Plant Physiology and Histology). Course: Master in Animal Production Engineering.


Academic year 1998/1999:
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Agronomy and Master in Forest Engineering (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Ecophysiology I. Course: Master in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Histology and Organography. Course: Master in Agronomy (2nd Semester).


Academic year 1999/2000:
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Agronomy and Master in Forest Engineering (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Course: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology (2nd Semester).


Academic year 2000/2001:
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Agronomy and Master in Forest Engineering (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology and Master in Landscape Architecture (2nd Semester).


Academic year 2001/2002:
• Practical classes of Plant Physiology. Courses: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology and Master in Landscape Architecture (2nd Semester).


Academic year 2002/2003:
• Practical classes of Botany. Course: Master in Applied Ecology (2nd Semester);
• Practical classes of Botany. Course: Master in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (2nd Semester);
• Practical classes of Non-vascular Plants. Course: Master in Biology (scientific branch) (2nd Semester).


Academic year 2003/2004:
• Lecturer and practical classes of General and Applied Botany. Course: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Botany. Course: Master in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (2nd Semester);
• Practical classes of Botany. Course: Master in Applied Ecology (2nd Semester);
• Practical classes of Non-vascular Plants. Course: Master in Biology (scientific branch) (2nd Semester).


Academic year 2004/2005:
• Lecturer and practical classes of General and Applied Botany. Course: Master in Teaching of Biology and Geology (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Botany. Courses: Master in Landscape Architecture (1st Semester);
• Practical classes of Non-vascular Plants. Course: Master in Biology (scientific branch) (2nd Semester).

Participation in Examining Committee Juries


  • M.Sc. Jury member (chief external examiner) for Sandra Cristina Gonçalves de Barros (School of Agriculture/Polytechnic Institute of Bragança), M.Sc. on Biotechnology. Title of the thesis: “Evaluation of algaecide/algistatic potential of plant extracts in microalgae”. Date of defence: December 20, 2010.

Editorial and Peer Review Experience


  • Editorial Board Member of the following journals: Journal of Coastal Life Medicine [JCLM (Executive Editorial Member)]; Austin Journal of Environmental Toxicology [AJET (Invited Associated Editor]

  • Referee for the following Scientific Citation Index (SCI) journals and others: Aquatic Toxicology; Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Process Biochemistry; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology; Journal of Hazardous Materials; PLoS ONE; Chemosphere; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; Neurotoxicity Research; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part C: Toxicology and Pharmacology; Journal of Applied Phycology; Environmental Toxicology; Journal of Cereal Science; Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology; Protoplasma; Current Microbiology; Polar Biology; South African Journal of Botany; Journal of Pest Science; Acta Physiologiae Plantarum; Canadian Journal of Microbiology; Paddy and Water Environment; African Journal of Microbiology Research; Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry; Journal of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology


Financiamento do CESAM: