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Sónia Cruz

Sónia Cruz

Assistant Researcher

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : Researcher ID: F-6165-2011

Current Research Interests

  • Physiological and behavioural photoprotective responses against oxidative stress in marine photosynthetic symbiosis

  • Physiological photoprotective mecanisms in micro- and macroalgae

Professional Experience

Junho 2015 - Presente Researcher at University of Aveiro (Portugal). Colaboration with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) - Michael Kühl Team. Project: Molecular and photochemical insights on the retention of functional chloroplasts by metazoan cells. Funding: Fundação para a Cência e a tecnologia (FCT - Programa IF 2014).

April 2011 - May 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Aveiro (Portugal) in colaboration with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT): SFRH/BPD/74531/2010 (April 2011 - March 2014), SFRH/BCC/52508/2014 (April 2014 - November 2014), SFRH/BPD/97027/2013 (December 2014 - May 2015). Project: Cracking the puzzle of solar powered sea slugs - molecular and photochemical insights on the retention of functional chloroplasts by metazoan cells.

January 2010 - March 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge (UK). Investigated the potential of using photosynthetic microorganisms in a photovoltaic-type device to generate electricity. My main focus was to understand how electrons flow from the chloroplast to the external environment.

September 2005 - December 2009 PhD Student: Investigating Photoprotective Mechanisms in Diatoms. Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (UK). Colaboration with the Department of Plant Physiology, University of Leipzig (Germany).

December 2004 - June 2005 Research assistant. Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (Portugal). Research project: A new methodology for the quantification of the primary production of estuarine microphytobenthos.

Academic Degrees

September 2005 - December 2009
Awarded the degree of Doctor of Phylosophy (PhD) by the University of Sheffield (UK) on 12 May 2010
- Thesis title: Photosynthetic energy dissipation and chlororespiration in diatoms
Supervised by Prof. Peter Horton FRS and Prof. Richard C. Leegood

September 1999 - October 2004
Awarded the first degree in Biology by the University of Aveiro (Portugal) on 20 October 2004
- Project I title: Detection of diel rhythms in Cylindrotheca closterium and natural diatom-dominated biofilms, using in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence measurements
Supervised by Prof. João Serôdio, University of Aveiro, Portugal
- Project II title: A pilot study of organ scaling in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)
Supervised by Prof. Roderick Nigel Finn, University of Bergen, Norway
- Internship Title: Non-photochemical quenching and the xanthophyll cycle in Cylindrotheca closterium and microphytobenthos
Supervised by Prof. Vanda Brotas, Centre of Oceanography, Portugal

Scientific Supervision

In progress (3)
Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Paulo Cartaxana (CESAM member)

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

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

Concluded (2)
Master (Main Supervisor): Luca Morelli (not a CESAM member)

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


In progress (4)
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

Concluded (1)
PhotoSymbiOxiS - Physiological and behavioural photoprotective processes against oxidative stress in marine photosynthetic symbioses See more


WoS Papers (23)
Other Papers (1)
Books (0)
Book Chapter (0)
Thesis (1)
Communications (0)
Other Publications (0)

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