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Vera Lúcia Maria

Vera Lúcia Maria

Junior Researcher

  • Researcher ID I-5142-2013
  • ORCID 0000-0002-0331-3489
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Stress Biology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=(Maria VL OR Maria V) and Ad= (Aveiro or Algarve)


Research interests

* Specialization domain:
Ecotoxicology - Biomarkers of genotoxicity (DNA strand breaks, Erythrocytic Nuclear Abnormalities), biotransformation (EROD activity, P450 levels) and oxidative stress (Kinetics and substrates) - Mutagenicity (AMES Test)- Environmental contaminants (organics-e.g. PAHs, metals and pharmaceuticals).

* Current interests:
Nanotoxicology - Omics (genomics, proteomics and metabolomics) - Ecotoxicology - Soil (enchytraeids, collembolans) and freshwater (zebrafish) organisms - Contaminants with emergent concern (pharmaceuticals, pesticides, engineered nanomaterials, nanoplastics).

Academic degrees

* October 2003: PhD in Biology (University of Aveiro, Portugal).
Thesis: Genotoxic Markers Applied to Animal Species of Marine Life.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. António Carlos Matias Correia and Co-supervisor: Prof. Dra. Maria Ana Monteiro Santos (University of Aveiro).

* January 1997: Master in Food Sciences and Technology (Technical University of Lisbon / Institute of Chemistry and Biological Technology-ITQB, Portugal).
Dissertation: Characterization of the Fermented Microflora in Traditional Portuguese Sausages. Supervisor: Prof. Dra. Maria Teresa Barreto Goulão Crespo.

* July 1993: Degree in Biology (scientific branch), University of Aveiro.

Scientific activities

* 1 February 2019 - present: Junior Researcher at Department of Biology (DBio) & CESAM, University of Aveiro.
* 1 December 2014 - 31 January 2019: PostDoctoral research fellow (FCT: SFRH SFRH/BPD/95093/2013) at DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro.
* 1 May 2014 - 30 November 2014: PostDoctoral research fellow (PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013) at DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro.
* 1 April 2013 - 31 December 2013: PostDoctoral research fellow in the project: FUBIA-"Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship and regional variation" at DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro.
* 1 November 2006 - 28 February 2013: PostDoctoral research fellow (FCT: SFRH/BPD/26970/2006) at Faculty of Marine and Environment Sciences & CIMA, University of Algarve and at DBio& CESAM, University of Aveiro.
* 1 November 2003 - 31 October 2006: PostDoctoral research at DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro.

Publications

Projects

UNRAvEL – Understanding the Mechanisms of Toxicity of NanomateRials – EnvironmentaL impact Assessment See more

NM-OREO: using a NM-(bio)molecule cOrona approach to undeRstand the mEchanisms of tOxicity - a systems biology environment impact study See more

Bio-CHIP - Using a nano titanium library to assess effects on a gene library of Enchytraeus crypticus: building a cheap bio-CHIP See more

FUBIA: Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship And regional variation See more

Scientific Supervision

BsC grant (Main Supervisor): Joana Patrícia da Silva dos Santos (not a CESAM member)

Investigador Doutorado (Main Supervisor): Ângela Barreto (CESAM member)

Pesquisa Aplicada da Licenciatura Biologia (Main Supervisor): Nuno Martins Leitão (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa Aplicada da Licenciatura Biologia (Main Supervisor): Ricardo Daniel Quental de Sousa (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa da Licenciatura Biologia (Co-supervisor): Marina Sofia Cruz Garcia (not a CESAM member)

Bolseira de investigação (com mestrado) (Co-supervisor): Maria João Xavier Ribeiro (ex-CESAM member)

Doutoramento (parte prática- 6 meses) (Co-supervisor): Agata Torre (not a CESAM member)

Integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Melanie Batista (not a CESAM member)

Integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Tiago Braga (not a CESAM member)

Integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Márcia Santos (not a CESAM member)

Projeto de Seminário da licenciatura em Biologia (Co-supervisor): Anabela Alves Pinto (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa da Licenciatura Biologia (Co-supervisor): Cláudia Moreira Peixoto (not a CESAM member)

Participation in advanced courses & other scientific activities


  • Training course on “Multilevel data analysis in R” held at EDUA, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (4-17th February 2019).

  • Practical course on “Omics applyed to the soilorganisms, Enchytraeus crypticus” held at Department of Bioscience, University of Salzburg (Austria), 2015 (October) and 2018 (June-July) .

  • Coordinator and monitor of the “Academia de Verão” (a Scientific Summer Activity) under the issue “Soil Ecotoxicology” for high school students, held at Aveiro University (9Th and 16th July 2015).

  • Practical course (4 months) on "DNA microarray of Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to drugs" held at the "Dipartimento di Scienza della Vita and dell' Ambiente", University of Piemonte Orientale Amadeo Avogadro (Alessandria, Italy), 2010.

  • Advanced Workshop Studies in Biology and Applied Biosciences practical approach to ecotoxicogenomics”, Department of Biology, Aveiro University, 28 june to 2 july, 2010.

  • Advanced Course in "Toxiproteomics", University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 8th -12th September 2008.

  • Advanced Course in "Flow Cytometry for studies of structural cytomas in plants", Department of Biology,   University of Aveiro, 20th and 21st May 2005.

Professional Experience


  • 2019 (February) - to date: Junior researcher at Biology Department (DBio) & CESAM, University of Aveiro (UA).

  • 2014 (December) - 2019 (January): PostDoctoral Fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology -(FCT) at DBio & CESAM of University of Aveiro with collaboration of Salzburg University, with the projects "Mechanisms of toxicity of nanomaterials – the use of a genome model to assess the environmental impact" and "PRIORI - PeRsIstent nanOmateRials – toxicological mechanisms in freshwater and soil bIota" (reference SFRH/BPD/95093/2013).

  • 2014 (May): PostDoctoral Fellow in PEst project/ CESAM/ UA: "Toxicity evaluation of the nanomaterials exposed to soil organisms" with refrence PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013 at DBio/CESAM, UA.

  • 2013 (April): PostDoctoral Fellow in FUBIA project : Soil Function - Biodiversity and regional variation relationship, reference PTDC/AAC-CLI/103719/2008) at DBio/CESAM, UA.

  • 2009  (November): PostDoctoral Fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology -(FCT) (SFRH/BPD/26970/2006) at the University of Algarve (UAlg) / CIMA. Member of the Scientific Committee at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA).

  • 2006  (November): Postdoctoral Fellow (FCT) (SFRH/BPD/26970/2006) at UA and UAlg .

  • Member of the Scientific Committee at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA). Collaborator Member of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM).

  • 2003  (November):PostDoctoral Fellow (FCT) (SFRH/BPD/14630/2003) at UA. Integrated Member of CESAM/UA.

  • 2002/2005: Invited Adjunt Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCE) (Branch of ISCE at Felgueiras, PT).

  • 1996/99: Invited Assistant Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCE) (Branch of ISCE at Felgueiras, PT).


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