Jornadas Portuguesas de Genética

Scientific Program

Thematic Sessions:
1. Microbial genetics
2. Evolutionary genomics
3. Human genetics
4. Gene regulation and expression
5. Plant genetics
6. Genetics and biotechnology


 2nd June 2016
10h00Opening Session
10h30Plenary Session 1 - A Journey into the NEW RNA World
Cecília Arraiano (ITQB / Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
11h30Coffee Break
Session 1 - Microbial Genetics
11h50Dissecting the function of the Legionella pneumophila virulence factor VipA - Joana Bugalhão
12h10Essential core residues of MurT/GatD complex for peptidoglycan amidation in Staphylococcus aureus - Bárbara Gonçalves
12h40The influence of exoribonucleases in the regulation of stress related small RNAs - Afonso Bravo
14h00Plenary Session 2 - Archaeogenetics, modern human origins and settlement of the World
Pedro Soares (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade do Minho) 
Session 2 - Evolutionary Genomics
14h50Evolution of Burkholderia multivorans during long-term chronic infection of a cystic fibrosis patient lung identifies important targets of selection - Leonilde Moreira
15h10The settlement and split of the Sundaland Continent - Simão Rodrigues
15h30Coffee Break and Poster Session (odd numbers)
16h00Plenary Session 3 - Bigenomics in health and disease: the importance of functional studies
Manuela Grazina (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra e CNC - Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra)
Session 3 - Human Genetics
16h50Serotonin Transporter Genetic Polymorphisms (5-HTTLPR and rs25531) associated with psychological disturbances in healthy young adults - Manuela Alvarez
17h10Association study between three MC4R variants and obesity-related variables in Portuguese young adults - Licínio Manco
17h30Early programming of the oocye epigenome temporally controls late prophase I transcription and chromatin remodeling - Rui Martinho

20h00Conference Dinner

3rd June 2016
09h00Plenary Session 4 - Engineering Synthetic Biopolymers with biomimetic properties and smart behaviour
Margarida Casal (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade do Minho)
 Session 4 - Gene regulation and expression
09h45Role of RNA modification on proteome homeostasis - Joana Tavares
10h05Uncovering the molecular structure of the AceTr transporter family - David Ribas
10h25The extracellular pH influences the citotoxicity and transport of 3-Bromopyruvate by monocarboxylate transporters in breast cancer cells - João Azevedo-Silva
10h45Coffee Break and Poster Session (even numbers)
11h15Plenary Session 5 - Land Plant Evolution from the Perspective of a Tiny Moss
Jörg Becker (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência)
Session 5 - Plant Genetics
12h00Evidences of early growth impairment and cytogenetic instabilities caused by zinc priming in Triticum aestivum L. - Ivo Paiva
12h20Unravelling the molecular mechanism of Vitis grafting: transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms - Maria Assunção
12h40A Portuguese E. globulus land race? - Cristina Marques
14h00Plenary Session 6 - Application of biotechnology in forestry: the needs and challenges
Liliana Marum (Klón - Innovative Technologies from Cloning)
 Session 6 - Genetics and biotechnology
14h45Creation of antimicrobial biopolymers by the use of recombinant DNA technology - André da Costa
15h05Overcoming acetate accumulation and plasmid instability for the high level production of silk-elastin-like proteins - Mário Barroca
15h25Genetically engineered silk-based composite biomaterials functionalized with fibronectin type-II that promote cell adhesion - Ana Pereira
15h45Awards ** and closure
16h15Assembleia Geral SPG

* Prize Prof. Doutor Amândio Tavares for best oral presentation - 200€ (CGC Genetics)

Winner: Joana Bugalhão


* Prize Prof. Doutor Luís Archer for best poster - 150€ (SPG)

Winner: Filipe Pereira


Plenary Speakers

Cecília Arraiano

A Journey into the NEW RNA World
Photo Cecilia ArraianoCecilia M. Arraiano graduated in Biology at the Universidade de Lisboa and obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia, USA. She is currently Coordinating Investigator at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, where she directs the Control of Gene Expression Laboratory. She member of the General Council of this University and Former President of the Portuguese Genetics Society. Cecilia Arraiano studies how RNA molecules control the life of the cell. She has many Awards of Excellence: EMBO member in 2008, Portuguese Academy of Sciences in 2009, Chair of FEBS Women in Science in 2013, Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology in 2014, and European Academy of Microbiology in 2015.

Jörg Becker

Land Plant Evolution from the Perspective of a Tiny Moss
Photo Jorg BeckerJörg Becker obtained his PhD in Biology from the University of Bielefeld (Germany) in 2001. Then he moved to Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência for a Post-Doc, and became PI of the Plant Genomics Lab in 2008 (http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt/jbecker). His group is studying sexual reproduction in land plants, in particular mechanisms leading to transcriptome and epigenome reprogramming during male gametogenesis. They are using the bryophyte Physcomitrella patens to study how these mechanisms evolved.

Margarida Casal

Engineering Synthetic Biopolymers with biomimetic properties and smart behaviour
Photo Margarida CasalMargarida Casal is Full Professor at the Departamento de Biologia and Director of the Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho. Her main scientific interests are focused in Structural Biology and Molecular Biotechnology. As can be checked in her Researcher ID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-6386-2009 she is author of 102 publications that accumulate at the present time 2078 citations, which corresponds to a h-index of 26. She supervised 12 post-doc fellows, 19 doctoral dissertations, 20 master theses and 40 research fellows. In the Jornadas Portuguesas de Genética her lecture entitled “Engineering Synthetic Biopolymers with biomimetic properties and smart behaviour” will cover how Genetics provides the tools to create novel bioinspired advanced materials.

Pedro Soares

Archaeogenetics, modern human origins and settlement of the World
Photo Pedro SoaresAfter graduating in Biology in the University of Porto Pedro Soares did a PhD in Human Genetics in the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (2009) with a Marie-Curie fellowship. Later he was a Post-Doc researcher in Leeds (one year) and in IPATIMUP, Porto (four years). Pedro Soares currently has an Investigador FCT contract in CBMA (University of Minho) where, apart from research, he also lectures Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics. His research has been focused on Archaeogenetics, using genetic data for the study of the Human past. He has over 40 publications on the subject, over 1500 citations in Scopus (h-index 19), over 2200 citations in Google Scholar (h-index 22) and he has been awarded two FCT projects as Principal investigator.

Manuela Grazina

Bigenomics in health and disease: the importance of functional studies
Photo Manuela GrazinaManuela Grazina is specialized in Human Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, with a strong expertise in Mitocondrial diseases. She is group leader and has set up the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics (at CNC/FMUC) in 1995, developing biochemical and genetic tests as tools for translational research and diagnosis, having several international collaborations. Her attention has been focused on bigenomics. She has started a group for Pharmacogenomic studies in 2007, aiming to identify genetic profiles influencing xenobiotic (ex. drugs) metabolism and toxicity and she is a member of the CEIBA.FP Consortium of RIBEF* since February 2012.*Ibero-American Network of Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics.

Liliana Marum

Application of biotechnology in forestry: the needs and challenges
Photo Liliana MarumLiliana Marum is a researcher at Klon, Innovative Technologies from Cloning, with a background in the forestry research. She holds a Master degree in Plant Production (Instituto Superior de Agronomia, UTL) and a PhD in Biology (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, UNL). Most of her research has been focused in the development of biotechnology tools associated to Pine and Cork forests, with the participation into National and European projects. In 2013, she integrated the plant biotechnology company Klon, which is dedicated to the research, development and production of plant tissues, intended for genetic improvement.