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Located on the north coast of Porto, on one of the most emblematic and awarded buildings in Matosinhos, CIIMAR awaits Your Visit.

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Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões.
Av. General Norton de Matos S/N
4450-208 Matosinhos

Secretariate and Events

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Secretariate and Events

Legal Support

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Legal Support

With a degree and graduate studies in Law, from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto, Isabel Regal is responsible for the Juridical Support and Public Procurement Office. Her duties include advising the Board of Direction and the support to other offices.

Image, Comunication and Outreach

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Image, Communication and Outreach

Ana Carolina Sousa holds a master’s degree in Applied Biology from the University of Aveiro. With training and experience in theater and cinema, she seeks to establish a synergy between scientific knowledge and her artistic skills, while working in Science Communication.

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Image, Communication and Outreach

Eunice Sousa is a Biologist with a PhD in Science Communication. Her main interests are the development of strategies for the public awareness of biodiversity through autonomous nature exploration and boost of artistic and traditional communication channels to the demands of contemporary science communication. She specialized in the direct contact with nature and the use of children trade books to the development of a more positive public perception of biodiversity. She has experience in creating, executing and evaluating science communication programs including media, hands-on activities, citizen science and exhibitions as well as natural history manipulation for museology purposes. She contributed to several types of science communication projects including “Darwin’s Evolution” exhibition, “Ponds with Life” campaign, EC-funded LIFE+ Trachemys project and “Sea Food Chains” project. Her work in science communication is reported in international journal papers.

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Image, Communication and Outreach

Marta Correia is a Marine Biologist with a MSc in Aquatic Biological Resources. Her main interests are mainly focused on science communication and outreach, especially related to Ocean Literacy projects. Creator of experimental materials / activities / protocols in the areas of marine and environmental sciences. She has experience in executing and evaluating science communication programs especially related to environmental education and marine education activities. Organizer and coordinator of several training actions for Teachers in Experimental Teaching of Marine Sciences. Lecturer in several workshops related to Ocean Literacy and experimental science teaching. She contributed to several projects including “CIIMAR na Escola”, “OceanLab”, “SeaChange” “MALIA” and “NetTag”, especially related to the school community and aiming to increase scientific Literacy and in particular Ocean Literacy, promoting experimental teaching, Ocean conservancy and the curiosity for marine and environmental sciences.

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Image, Communication and Outreach

Sara Santos graduated in Aquatic Sciences at ICBAS (Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar) and is in the final year of her Masters in Marine Sciences – Marine Resources at the same faculty. She is currently doing her MSc internship in the Communication Office of CIIMAR. Her main interests focus on Ocean Literacy and sustainability.

Environmental and Social Sustainability

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Environmental and Social Sustainability

José Teixeira has a PhD in Biology and completed a post-doctorate in Science Communication. He is currently coordinator of the Environmental and Social Sustainability Office at CIIMAR, where he was coordinator of the Communication and Dissemination Office between 2014 and 2023. His interests are focused on sustainability and environmental education, hatitat restauration and biodiversity conservation. He is responsible for the coordination of enviromental awareness projects, such as “Ponds with Life” and “Ocean Action”, which was awarded in 2016 with the Green Project Award for the best Mobilization Initiative in Portugal. He integrates several European conservation programs, including the EC-funded H2020 Ponderful and LIFE+ Trachemys projects, and he is responsible for the curation and production of science exhibitions, such as: “Plastic Sea”, “Sea Monsters”, “Amphibians: a paw on water another on land”, “Museum’s Animals” and “Darwin’s Evolution”. He’s author of more than 20 scientific papers in international journals and coordinates advanced training in science communication and freshwater ecology.

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Environmental and Social Sustainability

I have a degree in Organic Agriculture by the Agrarian School of Coimbra and a Master’s degree in Biological Resources, Territorial Development and Sustainability by the University of Coimbra, where I studied the current status of native and invasive alien species in aquatic and riparian plants in the Mondego River Basin. My professional career encompasses a diverse range of experiences, centred essentially on pond management and later on biological invasions by plants in aquatic ecosystems. Currently, I work in science communication in the PONDERFUL project, which aims to investigate how ponds can work as a nature-based solution and in environmental education related with aquatic ecosystems and its species. My main goal is to communicate about the importance of ponds, their ecological restoration and to increase knowledge about aquatic vegetation communities.

Human Resources and Onboarding Services

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Human Resources and Onboarding Services

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Human Resources and Onboarding Services

My name is Miriam Mendes, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from ISCAP. My professional experience has allowed me to develop my knowledge in this area of Human Resources where I develop my work with commitment and responsibility.

Projects and Services

Research Technician

Adriana Oliveira was born in Matosinhos, Porto, in 1998 and graduated in Biology from FCUP, 2019. She started her professional career as an intern at CIIMAR in 2018 and completed her Master’s degree in Aquatic Biological Resources in 2021. She completed her Master’s thesis in NUTRIMU after also doing part of her work at EPPO, from IPMA. In 2022, as a recent graduate, she completed 2 ERASMUS + internships at Universidad de Granada, Spain, and Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. She is currently working at LANUCE and was recently awarded a PhD scholarship under the FCT programme.

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PhD Student

Adriana Rego graduated in Biology at the University of Porto in 2015 and received his MSc in Molecular Biology (2017) from the same university. Since 2019 she is a FCT PhD student enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences doctoral programme. In her project she combines bioinformatics and microbial ecology to study the distribution and diversity of bacterial biosynthetic genes across multiple ecosystems.

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PhD Student

I obtained the master degree in Surveying Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. At the moment, I am enrolled in a Doctorate Degree in the same institution. My project title is “Mixing and transport of material at small ocean scales: a lagrangian approach”. My main interests are high frequency ocean phenomena, as internal waves that occur in the ocean and can have a strong impact in the Earth´s climate (due to vertical mixing). For that, I am using Satellite Remote Sensing tools as Radar Altimetry, Sea Surface Temperature, Ocean Colour, SAR imaging, and recently numerical models.

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Research Grant

Ágatha Gil is a biologist working in the field of marine conservation, cetacean studies and environmental education. She has a degree in biology from UFSCar in Brazil and a Masters in Ecology from FCUP. Her PhD is in Marine Science, Technology and Management, under the Do*Mar Programme at UTAD, funded by FCT and in partnership with IIM-CSIC, Vigo, Spain. She has worked on projects with cetaceans and non-formal education in Brazil (Humpback Whale Project, Spinner Dolphin Project, Casa do Zezinho) and, since 2015, has been part of the CIIMAR team, working on the following projects: CETUS Project, Ocean Action, SeaChange, MoBIDIC, MarInfo, Atlantida, among others.

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Research and Innovation Strategy and Funding

BSc in Biology/Ecology from the University of Rennes (France) and Master in Science Communication from the University of Paris VII. Agnès is part of CIIMAR Science and Innovation office and has been involved in the organization and management of a number of projects and events in support of CIIMAR activities.

MSc Student

She is currently a 2nd year student of the Master’s degree in Aquatic Biological Resources at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, in 2021 she graduated in Natural Sciences at the University of Cape Verde (UNICV), the master’s student has experience in teaching Natural Sciences, CTV and Biology, the activities developed focused on planning, coordinating and monitoring the entire process of evaluating learning, guiding students in constructing questions about environmental phenomena and imagining hypotheses for solving problems; and finally the promotion of argumentation based on the construction of scientific statements.

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Team Leader

PhD in Biology. Head of the Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Team from CIIMAR, University of Porto. Was Scientific-Technical Director of the Matosinhos Environmental Center (CMIA) from the Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos.

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PhD Student

I am an Environmental Engineer from Argentina, graduated from an Erasmus Mundus International MSc.in Environmental Engineering and Technology. I am passionate about science and sports and I truly believe that cross disciplinary and multicultural collaboration can help to achieve objectives with a higher impact in every field. I am grateful to join the M2-ex H2020 project as a Marie Curie ITN PhD fellow and I am excited to contribute to move towards a circular economy by investigating how to recover heavy metals from anaerobic digestates. I enjoy travelling, dancing and meeting new people around the world.

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Team Leader

PhD in Biology, Universidade do Porto, 1988. Degree in Biology, Universidade do Porto, 1981. Current professional status: Full Professor at Faculty of Sciences, Porto University, since 1998. Head of the Fish Nutrition and Welfare Group – NUTRIMU, CIIMAR
Director of the M.Sc. in Biological Aquatic Resources, Faculty of Sciences, Porto University. Co-director of the PhD program in Biology.
Editor-in-Chief: Aquaculture Journal
Associate Editor of: Aquaculture; Animal Feedstuffs and Technology; Journal of the World Aquaculture Society
Domain of specialization: Fish Nutrition
Research interests: Nutrition of marine fish of interest for aquaculture.
Main research topics: Protein and amino acids requirements and metabolism. Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Ingredients alternative to fish meal and fish oil for use in aquafeeds. Nutritional strategies for improving fish health and welfare. Immunology. Gut microbiota. Use of nutraceuticals in fish nutrition.

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PhD student

Aires Duarte holds a degree in Biotechnology from University of Évora (2013) and a master’s degree in Functional Biology and Biotechnology of Plants from University of Porto (2017). After experiencing image and data analysis, he decided to come back and work once again with seaweeds. Aires is currently a PhD student at Coastal Biodiversity Team in CIIMAR working on seaweed cultivation. His research focuses on finding suitable seaweeds to reduce the excess of nutrients coming from a fish-farm.

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PhD Student

Ajab Gul MAJIDI is a doctorate (Ph.D.) researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a researcher at CIIMAR. Ajab is presently working in the research team of the project "WEC4Ports – A Hybrid Wave Energy Converter for Ports" (OCEANERA/0004/2019), funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC). He got his MSc degree from Bursa Uludağ University in Turkey and developed his MSc thesis on the topic of Energy Production from Existing and Scaled Wave Energy Converters in the South-western Black Sea between 2018 – 2020. He was also involved in the Determination of Wave Energy Generation (Economic Wave Energy Potential) by Various WECs in the High Potential Regions of the Black Sea (TUBITAK Project) and Wave Spectra Climate of the Black and Azov Seas (RFBR -TUBITAK Bilateral Project). Both R&D projects are related to Coastal Engineering and Marine Renewable Energy. Ajab is author of several scientific peer-reviewed publications and conference papers.

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Public Procurement

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Public Procurement

Accounting

Quality Management

Information Technologies

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Information Technology

Heath and Safety

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Health and Safety

Ana Inês Nóbrega is a CIIMAR’s laboratory technician. Has a bachelor in Applied Biology, from University of Minho, and is currently at her master’s degree in marine biology at Aveiro University.

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Health and Safety

I’ve had a degree in Environmental Health since 2022 and I’m currently studying for a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. My main goal at Ciimar is to promote a safe workplace for workers, eliminating and preventing all existing risks.

Maintenance and Security

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Maintenance and Security

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Maintenance and Security

Research and Innovation Strategy and Funding

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Research and Innovation Strategy and Funding

Susana Moreira is PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Porto in 2005. She coordinates the Science and Innovation Office at CIIMAR. She has more than ten years of experience linked to marine related research and innovation management under regional, national and European funding schemes. She has significant working experience in the development and implementation of activities related with monitoring, dissemination and exploitation of R&D results and public policy support. She also works as liaison officer with different actors (e.g. public authorities, funding agencies, academia and research centres, industry, maritime clusters) and represents CIIMAR in several national and European forums. Lecturer of the course of Integrated Ocean Management of the Marine Sciences – Marine Resources MSc Degree, at Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto, Portugal. She has 20 publications in international peer-reviewed journals

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Research and Innovation Strategy and Funding

BSc in Biology/Ecology from the University of Rennes (France) and Master in Science Communication from the University of Paris VII. Agnès is part of CIIMAR Science and Innovation office and has been involved in the organization and management of a number of projects and events in support of CIIMAR activities.

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Research and Innovation Strategy and Funding

Ana Cavadas integrates the CIIMAR-UP Science and Innovation Office supporting the center knowledge transfer and innovation management activities. Her main activities include the valorization and exploitation of R&D results, the management of Intellectual Property, the implementation stakeholder liaison and market-oriented R&D initiatives, the development of CIIMAR’s innovation strategy and the promotion of entrepreneurship.
Ana holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology, Master degree in Environmental Engineering and a post-graduation in Business Process Engineering and Management.

Technology Transfer and Business Development

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Technology Transfer and Business Development

Carla Domingues has a Degree in Biology (2001), a MSc in Coastal Sciences (2004) and a PhD in Biology (2010) from the University of Aveiro. For more than ten years she has worked as project officer at Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese Maritime Cluster, gathering significant experience in cooperation and networking activities, liaising with academics and senior management in research organisations and the private sector giving support to new projects ideas and new business opportunities and supporting international cooperation, particularly in activities related to blue bioeconomy.

Advanced Training and Careers

Data management and Open Science

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Data management and Open Science

Maria Paola Tomasino (MPT) is responsible for Data Stewardship and Open Science at CIIMAR-UP, supporting researchers in handling their data according to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and Open Science principles. MPT is involved in national and international European infrastructures for best practices in Data Management (GDI, Biodata, ELIXIR). MPT’s research experience focuses on microbial diversity in natural and contaminated ecosystems. She is dedicated to teaching and mentoring students, encouraging outreach activities, and promoting collaboration between scientists and the general public. MPT has 22 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters, and 1 book, she is a co-inventor of 1 patent.

Bioterium of Aquatic Organisms

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Bioterium of Aquatic Organisms

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Bioterium of Aquatic Organisms

Hugo Santos holds a degree in Biology from University of Aveiro 1994 and a Master Degree in Sciences in Coastal Zones from the University of Aveiro since 2002. Throughout the years Hugo worked with several different aquatic species (fish and invertebrates) both maintaining and using them as animal models in research. Lectures, research in different national research centers, different theoretical and practical modules in Laboratory Animal Sciences (LAS) courses focusing in the use of fish and other aquatic species in. Hugo was responsible for the first LAS course (CAL-AQUA) that only focused in using aquatic species as laboratory animal models.

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Bioterium of Aquatic Organisms

Olga is technician on the CIIMAR’s Aquatic Organisms Facility. She holds a degree in Aquatic Environment Sciences (ICBAS, University of Porto, 2006) with a RAS & Aquarium context specialization at SeaLife Den Haag (Netherlands, 2005). She holds MSc Degree in Aquatic Biological Resources (FCUP, University of Porto, 2012). She also has attended the degree in Marine Sciences (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2002). Member of the BOGA team and lecturer/trainer in specialization courses (Laboratory Animal Sciences Courses, since 2008). Since 2019 working specifically with zebrafish as animal model in research.

Biobank

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Biobank

BSc in Applied Biology, University of Minho | MSc Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioentrepreneurship in Plants, University of Minho | Pos-Graduated Quality Control, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto

I initiated my academic path at University of Minho, where I completed my BSc degree in Applied Biology. Having developed particular interest on the medicinal uses of plant bioactive compounds. Thereafter, I enrolled the master course in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioentrepreneurship in Plants, in University of Minho, where I acquired valuable knowledge on plant molecular biology, plant secondary metabolic pathways, plant tissue culture and engineering, and industrial biotechnology. Having developed great affinity towards understanding plant responses to environmental stress on a genetic basis, I initiated my master thesis on the “Genetic basis of ABA-GA hormonal cross-talk in the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis”, under the supervision of Professor Lucio Conti from the Department of Biosciences of Università degli Studi di Milano part of the ERASMUS+ program. During this project I had the opportunity to improve techniques including in vitro culture, genetics and transcript/protein analyses and also computational/statistics among other molecular and biochemical approaches. Currently I am working on LEGE-CC maintenance, mostly on a molecular level with the identification of strains.

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Biobank

Daniel Despujols holds a BSc in Aquatic Sciences (2019) and a MSc in Marine Sciences – Marine Resources (2021), both awarded at the University of Porto (Portugal). Currently, he is a research technician responsible for managing the DEEP-biobank. His activities are focused on the taxonomic identification and characterization of deep-sea sponges and corals (phyla Porifera and Cnidaria) by means of morphological and molecular approaches (e.g. scanning electron microscopy, DNA barcoding).

 

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Biobank

Fábio Faria has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology-Geology, a Master’s degree in Ecology, and a postgraduate degree in Science Communication. He has collaborated on various scientific outreach projects, particularly in producing content for field guides, educational notebooks, exhibitions, museums, and interpretive panels. He has provided technical and scientific support for environmental education projects and served as a monitor on field trips with children and young people. He is also a scuba diver and has participated in research projects in the field of marine ecology.
Currently, he is responsible for the communication of the Portuguese Blue Biobank.

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Biobank

Graduated in Biological Sciences (Bachelor’s degree) at the Federal University of Santa Maria (2002-2007). Master’s degree in Botany at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2007-2009). PhD by the Postgraduate Program in Plant Biodiversity and Environment at the Institute of Botany of São Paulo. Post-doctorate at CIIMAR (2019-2020). Currently works as a researcher in taxonomy of cyanobacteria and microalgae.

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Biobank

Inês Ribeiro holds a BSc in Environmental Health (2015), an MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Contamination (2017), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2023). Her work was in the field of marine biotechnology, focusing on the bioprospection of marine actinobacteria for the discovery of new natural products. Currently, she is a researcher (microbiology technician) in the CIIMAR, within the scope of the Innovation Pact, and provides technical support for maintaining and organizing cultures of non-photosynthetic prokaryotes that will integrate the Portuguese Blue Biobank. She has experience and know-how in microbial isolation and identification, carrying out bioactivity and biodegradation tests, and knowledge of the chemistry of natural compounds.

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Biobank

Marine naturalist since a childhood on the intertidal coastline of Vila do Conde. Deep sea and coral research developed at the Azores, where her academic path began. Explorer at deep NE Atlantic Ocean during 16 research cruises. Driven by a main research interest, Octocorallia, using an integrated approach of taxonomy and zoogeography. Collections provide her with samples essential to put the puzzle together.
After more than a decade collecting, cataloguing and teaching curation of a marine invertebrate collection, she defends the value of collections and taxonomy. She is the manager of the Portuguese Blue Biobank, a collection of the future.

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Biobank

Joana P. Fernandes holds a degree (2012) and master’s degree (2014) in Environmental Sciences and Technology (FCUP-UP) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS – UP, 2021). In recent years, her research has been focused on biodegradation of emerging pollutants by autochthonous microorganisms. She has been studying different biodegradation approaches to remove emerging pollutants from contaminated environments and how these remediation strategies can change the natural community dynamics and structure. Also, she is involved in the development of a new culture collection, working in the isolation, cultivation, and identification of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) with different biotechnological purposes.

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Biobank

Renato Soares graduated in Biology in 2020 and obtained his master’s degree in bioinformatics and computational Biology in 2023 from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP). His master’s thesis focused on enhancing a database of bioactive compounds from cyanobacteria and creating an online website for it, as well as exploring the use of this database for machine learning purposes utilizing the compounds chemical/molecular descriptors. Renato is now involved in the Blue Portuguese Biobank project, where he oversees the construction and maintenance of the Biobank database.

Chemistry

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Chemistry

Pedro Reis holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, MSc in Marine Sciences and degree in Environmental Engineering. He’s presently the intermediate chief of the  Laboratory of Chemistry of CIIMAR-UP, where he is responsible for the implementation and optimization of analytical methods for the determination of inorganic elements and organic compounds in environmental samples. He is the author of more than 25 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed international journals with high impact factor.

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Chemistry

Joana Azevedo has a BSc (Honors) in Applied Chemistry from UWE, Bristol, in 1999. Went to receive her Chemistry Degree (2004), MSc (2007) and PhD (2019) in Environmental Sciences and Technology, from Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto.
Joana`s work focuses on Validation and Accreditation of analytical methods by LCMS and GCMS. Besides targeted analyses of cyanotoxins, hormones, pesticides and drugs, Joana´s has experience with protocols involved in the search of potentially new bioactive molecules.
As a High Technician, Joana is also CIIMAR´s residues delegate manager being involved in general laboratories chemical safety.

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Chemistry

João Magalhães has concluded a bachelor degree in Microbiology at Catholic University of Portugal as well as a master degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Aveiro. His passion is science and his main interests are focused on microbiology.

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Chemistry

Sofia Gonçalves holds a Master degree in Chemistry from FCUP. Over the past 13 years she had been responsible for applying analytical techniques of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry with EA and TC/EA peripheries. She is also responsible for the laboratory management in what concerns the utilization of the IRMS equipment. Other responsibilities include sample processing, preparation and analysis using mostly EA-IRMS, data analysis and reporting, developing new methods, method validation and quality management.

Biodiscovery and Omics

Scientific Diving

Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Matosinhos

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Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Matosinhos

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Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Matosinhos

Biologist with 17 years of experience working in several branches of life sciences in Portugal and Switzerland, such as: Population Genetics, Microbiological Indicators of contamination by hospital wastewater, Clinical Analysis (Microbiology, Immunology, Hematology and Clinical Chemistry). About 4 years of experience as a high school and junior high school teacher of Natural Sciences, Earth and Life Sciences and Biology Laboratory Techniques. Volunteer service with children as a summer camp monitor (MOCAMFE) and in institutions supporting disadvantaged children in Singapore. She enjoys working closely with children and motivating guided exploration of the environment, promoting an inquisitive and critical spirit, as well as seeking information from reliable sources and transmitting and integrating knowledge into their daily lives.

Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Vila do Conde

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Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Vila do Conde

Carlos Filipe Ferreira Gonçalves, born on June 28, 1994, has a degree in Environmental Education from the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. He has six years of professional experience in the field of water management and treatment. He is an associative leader and member of the executive of the Parish Council of Gião, municipality of Vila do Conde. He is currently part of the team at the Vila do Conde Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center.

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Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) Vila do Conde