Ana Isabel de Vila-Santa Braga Campos will be defending her PhD thesis in Biotechnology and Biosciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, Friday the 16th of April 2021, at 15:00 am ( During the last years, and under the supervision of Nuno Mira and Frederico Ferreira from iBB, and Kristala Prather from MIT, Ana Isabel investigated how pathways for the synthesis of levulinic and itaconic acids can be engineered in yeasts. The title of her thesis is “Synthetic biology approaches to foster yeasts as hosts for the production of carboxylic acids and their derivatives: emphasis on levulinic and itaconic acids”.