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Joana Amaral

Joana Amaral

PhD Student

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Stress Biology
  • Thesis title: Deciphering Pinus defence response against Fusarium circinatum infection: from physiology to Omics Supervisor: Dr. Glória Pinto (UA); Co-supervisors: Dr. Artur Alves (UA) and Dr. Luis Valledor (UniOvi, Spain) Category: BO Grant type: BD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BD/120967/2016 Start date: 2017-05-01 End date: 2021-04-30


Research interests

Academic degrees

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Publications

Projects

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Ecophysiolyptus: Physiological and gene expression profiles for early selection of Eucalyptus globulus in a climate change context See more

Scientific Supervision

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Work experience

Jul 2016 - Apr 2017 (10 months): BI fellowship of the 'URGENTpine' project (ref. PTDC/AGR-FOR/2768/2014), under the supervision of Dr. Glória Pinto. Department of Biology & CESAM.


Dec 2015 - Jun 2016 (7 months): Collaborator of Greenclon, Lda. - company focused on the micropropagation of adult selected clones of Arbutus unedo. Rua António Jardim nº 24 r/c Dto Frente, 3000-035 Coimbra.


Apr 2014 - May 2015 (13 months): BI fellowship of the 'Chlamy4future' project (ref. EXPL/AAG-TEC /2056/2013), under the supervision of Dr. Luis Valledor. Department of Biology & CESAM. Collaboration with the University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.


15-Jun 2013 - 15 Mar 2014 (9 months): BI fellowship of the 'Ecophysiolyptus' project (ref. PTDC/AGR-CFL/112996/2009), under the supervision of Dr. Glória Pinto. Department of Biology & CESAM.


15-Sept 2012 - 15-Jun 2013 (9 months): BI fellowship of the 'SuberStress' project (ref. PTDC/AGR-GPL/118505/2010), under the supervision of Dr. Maria Celeste Dias. Department of Biology & CESAM.


May 2012 - Jul 2012 (3 months): Trainee under the framework of the Lifelong Learning/Erasmus Programme. Supervision by Dr. Manuel Rey (Interuniversity Research Group on Biotechnology and Reproductive Biology of Woody Species, University of Vigo, Spain).

Academic career

ACADEMIC DEGREES:


2017-Ongoing:


Doctoral Program in Biology - Biology and Applied Biosciences, University of Aveiro.


  Thesis title: Deciphering Pinus defence response against Fusarium circinatum infection: from physiology to Omics. Supervised by Dr. Glória Pinto (University of Aveiro) and co-supervised by Dr. Artur Alves (University of Aveiro) and Dr. Luís Valledor (University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain). Funded by FCT, grant reference SFRH/BD/120967/2016.


2013-2015:


Master in Applied Biology, University of Aveiro.


  Thesis title: SnRK families in Chlamydomonas: promising targets for bioproduction. Supervised by Dr. Luís Valledor (University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain) and co-supervised by Dr. Glória Pinto (University of Aveiro). Available at http://ria.ua.pt/handle/10773/14762.


2009 - 2012:


Degree in Biotechnology, Coimbra College of Agriculture (IPC - ESAC).


  3-month Lifelong Learning/ERASMUS Programme training period (University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain): In vitro culture and Molecular Biology techniques in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) and kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa (Chev) Liang and Ferguson, var. deliciosa). Supervision by Dr. Manuel Rey.


  Merit Grant IPC|CGD 2011/2012


ADDITIONAL EDUCATION:


- Advanced course on “Integrative approaches to perceive responses of organisms to environmental challenges”. July 17-21, 2017, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal. Under the framework of the Doctoral Program.


- Advanced course on “Scientific writing and communication”. July 10-14, 2017, Biology Department and CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal. Under the framework of the Doctoral Program.


- Training School on "Detection and Diagnosis of Fusarium circinatum”. April 12-14, 2016, ANSES Laboratory, Nancy, France. Funded by COST Action FP1406 PINESTRENGTH.


- Advanced course “Plant Stress Response: an integrated approach from bench to the field”. June 23-26, 2014, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.


- Bioplant Advanced Workshop “PAM fluorometry: a tool for the in vivo study of productivity and stress in plants and algae”. July 1-5, 2013, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.


- Cell/Tissue Culture Workshop. November 15, 2011, Biocant, Cantanhede, Portugal.


 

Research interests

- Plant physiology and ecophysiology;


- Environmental issues;


- Plants and climate change: unravelling stress response;


- Mitigation strategies to improve plant response to stressful scenarios;


- Microalgae as biorefineries: using genetic and metabolic engineering to reduce production costs;


- Plant in vitro culture;


- Systems Biology.


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