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Tânia Caetano

Tânia Caetano

Invited Assistant Professor



Research interests

Bacteria
Archaea
Haloarchaea
Bacteroidetes
Secondary metabolism
Antimicrobial peptides
Lanthipeptides
Lantibiotics
Halocins
Peptide expression and purification

Academic degrees

2005: BSc in Biology (licenciatura) - University of Aveiro
2011: PhD in Biology - University of Aveiro, in collaboration with Technical University of Berlin, University of Cardiff and Metropolitan Autonomous University

Scientific activities

09/2017-09/2019: Invited Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology of University of Aveiro, Portugal
02/2012–01/2018: Post Doc scholarship: Developing the project “Two-component lantibiotics: biosynthesis, bioengineering, mode of action and antibacterial activity” with FCT finantial support. University of Aveiro (Portugal) under supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo and Prof. Dra. Roderich Suessmuth.
07/2016-10/2016: International traineeship @ University of Illinois: Chemistry department of Universty of Illinois (USA) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Wilfred van der Donk.
05/2011–01/2012: Scientific scholarship at ENGENUR project: “Definition of new endpoints to assess and discriminate genotoxic effects resulting from environmental exposures to uranium, uranium daughter Radionuclides and ionizing radiation in bioindicator species” under supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo
8/2006–08/2010: PhD scholarship: PhD student at University of Aveiro and Medinfar Pharmaceuticals under supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo, Prof. Drª Ana Domingos and dra Júlia Oliveira.
10/2009– 05/2010 and 02/2009 – 05/2009: International traineeship @ Techical University of Berlin: Chemistry department of Technical University of Berlin (Germany) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Roderich Suessmuth.
02/2008–05/2008: International traineeship @ University of Cardiff: Medical Microbiology department of University of Cardiff (Wales) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Timothy Walsh.
02/2007–04/2007: International traineeship @ Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana: Industrial Microorganisms Laboratory in Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico DF, Mexico) under supervision Prof. Dr. Francisco Perrino.
10/2005–03/2006: Leonardo da Vinci scholarship @ University of Bristol: Developing the project "in vivo efficacy and toxicity of the novel antimicrobial peptide RTA-3" in the University of Bristol (England) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Timothy Walsh.
10/2004–07/2005: National traineeship: Developing the project "Detection and characterization of integrons in Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates" in the Microbiology section of Hospital Infante D. Pedro, SA (Aveiro, Portugal) under supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo and Dr. Elmano Ramalheira , MD.
10/2003–07/2004: BSc thesis: Developing the BSc final year projects entitled "Detection and characterization of integrons in environmental bacteria" and "Identification of TBT resistance/tolerance genes in marine bacterial isolates" in the Molecular Biology Laboratory, University of Aveiro (Portugal) under supervision of Prof. Dra. Sónia Mendo.

Others

Reviewer activity:
-Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Q1 in IJCR)
-ACS Synthetic Biology (Q1 in IJCR)
-Environmental Pollution (Q1 in IJCR)
-ACS Chemical Biology (Q1 in IJCR)
-Microbial Cell Factories (Q1 in IJCR)
-Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Q1 in IJCR)
-Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Q1 in IJCR)
-Journal of Natural products (Q1 in )
-Data in Brief (Q1 in SJR)
-FEMS Microbiology Letters (Q3 in IJCR)
-Current Microbiology (Q4 in IJCR)
-Acta Urologica Portuguesa

Outreaching Activities:
1. Science competitions and awards
2017: Member of "Icarus" team at CanSat2017 competition, organised by ESA, ESERO and Ciência Viva (Ilha Santa Maria, Açores). Award: Honour mention.
2016: Member of "Icarus" team at CanSat2016 competition, organised by ESA, ESERO and Ciência Viva (Santa Cruz, Lisboa district). Award: Second Place.

2. Training Experience
2018: Advanced course "Cellular regulation" held at IEC-Mamarosa (Aveiro District).
2017: Advanced course "Microbiology" held at Adolfo Portela highschool (Águeda, Aveiro District) in collaboration with IEC-Mamarosa.
2017: Advanced course "Cellular regulation" held at Marques Castilho highschool (Águeda, Aveiro) in collaboration with IEC-Mamarosa.
2016: Advanced course "Cellular regulation" held at at Instituto Educativo de Souselas - INEDS high school (Souselas, Coimbra District).
2016: Advanced course "From gene to protein" held at Marques Castilho highschool (Águeda, Aveiro District) in collaboration with IEC-Mamarosa.
2016: Advanced course "Cellular regulation" held at IEC-Mamarosa (Aveiro District).
2015: Advanced course "Cellular regulation" held at Adolfo Portela highschool (Águeda, Aveiro District) in collaboration with IEC-Mamarosa.
2013: Advanced course "MicroBioTec" held at Adolfo Portela highschool (Águeda, Aveiro District) in collaboration with IEC-Mamarosa.

3. Public sessions of science dissemination:
2017: Invited speaker in "DBio pelo Mundo" conference held at University of Aveiro.
2017: Invited PostDoc for "Conversa (Cons)Ciência" held at FeCiOB (Science festival at Oliveira do Bairro, Aveiro District).
2016: "The invisible universe of microscopic life" oral communication held at ESOB high school (Oliveira do Bairro, Aveiro District).
2013: "Biosynthesis of antibacterial compounds" oral communication held at Adolfo Portela highschool (Águeda, Aveiro District).

Publications

Projects

Coli4Lan - Better systems to produce two ­peptide lantibiotics with diverse structures completely in vivo using Escherichia coli and establishment of their mode of action. See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Inês Castro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Hugo Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Diana Dias (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Marta Pereira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Teresa Viana (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Beatriz Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Liliana Dias (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Cristina Barbosa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Viana (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Hugo Costa (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Tiago Santos (not a CESAM member)


CESAM Funding: