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Sónia Marisa Gonçalves da Cruz

Sónia Marisa Gonçalves da Cruz

Principal Researcher

  • Author Name : Cruz S.

Research interests

Algae eco-physiology, in particular: physiological photoprotective mecanisms in micro- and macroalgae & applied photobiology for algae biomass production.

Marine photosynthetic symbiosis, in particular: functional kleptoplasty in Metazoa, physiological and behavioural photoprotective responses against oxidative stress, sacoglossan sea slugs biology.

Academic degrees

2010 – PhD in Biology, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
2004 – First degree in Biology, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Scientific activities

May 2021 - Present: Principal Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: CEEC & ERC

Mar 2021 - Apr 2021: Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: CESAM

Sept 2020 - Feb 2021: Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: FCT Project CtLight

Jun 2015 - May 2020: Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Funding: IF/00899/2014

Apr 2011 - May 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal) / University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Funding: FCT Postdoctoral Scholarships SFRH/BPD/65845/2009 & SFRH/BPD/97027/2013 and FCT Invited Scientist Scholarship SFRH/BCC/52508/2014

Jan 2010 - Mar 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Funding: UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Sept 2005 - Dec 2009: PhD Student, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) in collaboration with the University of Leipzig (Germany)


Sept 2017 - May 2020: coordinator of CESAM Research Group in Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture



KleptoSlug - Kleptoplasty: The sea slug that got away with stolen chloroplasts See more

ProBioMar - Modelling processes and functions of lagoon ecosystems: a better management and conservation of marine biological resources See more

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

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

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Carlos Enrique Paya (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Carlos Enrique Paya (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Diana Domingues Lopes (CESAM member)

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

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

Master (Main Supervisor): Chiara Giossi (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Paulo Sousa Dias Cartaxana (CESAM member)

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

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

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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