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Vera Lúcia Maria

Vera Lúcia Maria

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Stress Biology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=(Maria VL OR Maria V) and Ad= (Aveiro or Algarve); Research ID= I-5142-2013; ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0331-3489.
  • Title: Mechanisms of toxicity of nanomaterials – the use of a genome model to assess the environmental impact Supervisor: Mónica Amorim / Christian Huber Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/ Foundation for the Science and Technology Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/95093/2013 Start date: 2014-12-01 End date: 2018-11-30


Projects- previous

2014-2015: BIO- chip Project, Ref. EXPL/AAG-MAA/0180/2013.


2013: FUBIA- Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship and regional variation. Ref.  PTDC/AAC-CLI/103719/2008.


2005 - 2008: Physiological/biochemical and genotoxic responses of aquatic animal species to environmental water xenobiotic contamination. Ref. POCI/MAR/61195/200.


1996 - 2000: Biochemical, genotoxic and morphological biomarkers applied in aquatic animal species exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and resin acids. Ref. PRAXIS/PCNA/C/BIA/175/1996.

Scientific Research Interests

Specialization Domain: Ecotoxicology - Biomarkers of Genotoxicity (DNA strand breaks, erythrocytic nuclear abnormalities-ENAs), Biotransformation (EROD activity, P450 levels), Oxidative stress (Kinetics and substrates), Metallothioneins; Mutagenicity assay (AMES Test); Environmental contaminants- organics (e.g. PAHs), metals, pharmaceuticals.


Research Interests: Ecotoxicology; Omics (Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics); Environmental contaminants: PAHs, metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, microplastics and nanoparticles (metallics).

Professional Experience

2014 (1 December)   Postdoctoral Fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology -(FCT) at the University of Aveiro/CESAM with collaboration of Salzburg University,  with the project "Mechanisms of toxicity of nanomaterials – the use of a genome model to assess the environmental impact" (reference SFRH/BPD/95093/2013).


2014 (1  May)    Post -doctoral Fellow in PEst project/ CESAM/ UA : "Toxicity evaluation of the nanomaterials exposed to soil organisms", with refrence PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013.


2013 (1 April)  Post -doctoral Fellow in FUBIA project : Soil Function - Biodiversity And regional variation relationship, reference PTDC/AAC-CLI/103719/2008), the University of Aveiro (UA) / CESAM.


2009  (1 November) Postdoctoral Fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology -(FCT) (SFRH/BPD/26970/2006- 2nd trienium) at the University of Algarve (UAlg) / CIMA. Member of the Scientific Committee at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA).


2006  (1 November) Postdoctoral Fellow (FCT) (SFRH/BPD/26970/2006-1st trienium) 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  (1 November) Postdoctoral Fellow (FCT) (SFRH/BPD/14630/2003) at the UA. Integrated Member of CESAM/UA.


2002/2005  Invited Assistant Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCE).


1996/99 Invited Assistant Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCE).

Academic Degrees

3 October 2003  PhD in Biological Sciences at Biology Department of UA/CESAM. Thesis: Genotoxic Markers Applied to Animal Species of Marine Life. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. António Correia and Co-supervisor: Prof. Dra. Maria Ana Santos.

7 January 1996  Master in Food Sciences and Technology. Technical University of Lisbon / Institute of Chemistry and Biological Technology (ITQB). Dissertation: Characterization of the Fermented Microflora in Traditional Portuguese Sausages. Supervisor: Prof. Dra. Teresa Crespo.

15 July 1993  Degree in Biology (scientific branch) at Biology Department of UA.

Scientific Supervision

In progress (0)
Concluded (8)
Projecto (Co-supervisor): Marina Sofia Cruz Garcia (not a CESAM member)

Supervisão da parte prática da bolseira de investigação (com mestrado) (Co-supervisor): Maria João Xavier Ribeiro (CESAM member)

Supervisão da parte prática de uma aluna de doutoramento (Co-supervisor): Agata Torre (not a CESAM member)

Supervisão da bolseira para integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura de Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Melanie Batista (not a CESAM member)

Supervisão do bolseiro para integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura de Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Tiago Braga (not a CESAM member)

Supervisão da bolseira para integração na investigação (BIIs) da licenciatura de Biologia Marinha (Co-supervisor): Márcia Santos (not a CESAM member)

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

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Cláudia Peixoto (not a CESAM member)

Projects

In progress (2)
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

Concluded (2)
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

Publications

WoS Papers (45)
Other Papers (1)
Books (0)
Book Chapter (0)
Thesis (2)
Communications (37)
Other Publications (0)

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