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You are here: Home / Events / Dr. Luísa Romão: “The interplay between nonsense-mediated decay and mRNA translation”

Dr. Luísa Romão: “The interplay between nonsense-mediated decay and mRNA translation”

Luísa Romão, PhD Principal Investigator with Habilitation Head of the mRNA Metabolism Group Departamento de Genética Humana INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE SAÚDE DOUTOR RICARDO JORGE | NATIONAL HEALTH INSTITUTE DOUTOR RICARDO JORGE Lisboa | PORTUGAL
When May 14, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where CNR Conference Room
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Luísa Romão is Head of the mRNA Metabolism Group of the Human Genetics Department at Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) and Invited Professor at Faculdade de Ciências of Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). Luísa Romão graduated in Applied Chemistry (Biotechnology) at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1986), got a PhD degree in Biology (Molecular Genetics) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1994), and received her Habilitation in Post- Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression (2009).
The scientific activity of her group is focused in studying mechanisms of post-transcriptional control of gene expression in human health and disease. Half of the research in her lab focuses on gene expression surveillance mechanisms, namely nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) and the other half of her research focuses on the molecular basis of the control of protein synthesis in human cells and its importance in diseases such as cancer. Since 2000, she has supervised over 30 research students (11 completed PhDs under sole supervision) and has been funded by several research grants. Besides her vast experience in the supervision of postgraduate students, Luísa Romão participates regularly with teaching and module organization of graduate programs at FCUL, including the BioSYS PhD program (http://biofig.fc.ul.pt/training-phd-programme), as well as in other universities.
She has served as expert evaluator of proposals and projects for international foundations and funding agencies in Europe, US, and Middle East, such as The Wellcome Trust, European Young Investigator Award Scheme, European Science Foundation, Czech Science Foundation, American Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Israel Science Foundation, Agence National de Recherche, and Portuguese Science Foundation, and has regular activity as peer-reviewer in more than 15 international journals. In 2015, she was elected President of the Portuguese Society of Human Genetics for the year of 2017.

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