Our research aims to understand the mechanisms, genes and circuits that govern coordinated locomotion under normal and anomalous or pathological conditions.
Behaviorally, we intend to understand how the ensemble of sensory circuits, central pattern generators, motor neurons and higher order centers collectively interact in order to optimize locomotion under different settings, including pathological conditions.
For this we use the genetically tractable model system Drosophila melanogaster, which combines powerful genetic tools with sophisticated and detailed kinematic quantification approaches. Considering how motor systems and the genes that define them are evolutionarily conserved, this work will impact the study of motor control of more complex organisms and contribute to the study of human motor conditions. Moreover, the tools and approaches we use can easily be translated into more complex organism including rodents and humans.
"A Genetic model for neurorehabilitation” PTDC/BIA-COM/0151/2020, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Principal investigator
“Senescent cells and their secretory phenotype: novel targets for spinal cord repair” -MC-36-2020 Prémio Melo e Castro 2020, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa; Partener (Principal investigator: Leonor Saúde, iMM)
"Development of an inexpensive, simple and open-source device for SARS-Cov-2 detection." Projetos de implementação rápida para soluções inovadoras - COVID-19, #613788604; Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Principal investigator
“Testing the protective effect of candidate compounds in a Drosophila model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)”, iNOVA4Health, UNL; Co- Principal investigator (with Claudia Santos, ITQB)
"A Genetic model for neurorehabilitation" H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, #752891 Marie Skłodowska-Curie program –Reintegration Grant-; European Commission. Principal investigator
“Neurogenetics of Locomotion” Investigator FCT; IF/01154/2014/CP1252/CT0003, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Principal investigator
2021, Best poster, Portuguese Drosophila meeting (to Anna Hobbiss)2020, Best talk, Portuguese Drosophila meeting (to Anna Hobbiss)2019, Best Basic Research Talk - iMed Innovate Competition (to Ricardo Custódio)2017, Marie Sklodowska-Curie program, Reintegration Grant2014, FCT investigator, Starting Grant2014, Drosophila Image Award, runner up, Genetics Society of America2011, Travel grant, XII Portuguese Society for Neuroscience Meeting
Pursuant to the provisions of article 11, paragraph 2, of Decree-Law no. 57/2016, of August 29, it becomes public that by Dean’s decree of February 10, 2022, the opening of an international selection competition procedure was authorized for the completion of a Assistant Investigator job vacancy for the exercise of scientific research activities financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, under an uncertain fixed-term employment contract under the Labor Code in the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas|NOVA Medical School, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
Application Deadline: March 25th 2022
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