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Marta Mota Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’21

Marta Mota Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’21 | iBB | Scoop.it

Marta Mota, a PhD student of the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, PhD program in Biotechnology and Biosciences, (FCT doctoral programme in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (DP_AEM)), presented her work during the symposium on “Microbiotech for a Sustainable Future” of Microbiotec’ 21 Congress taking place online from 23-26 November. The presentation was entitled “Promising Genetic Determinants of Methanol Tolerance for Yeast Robustness Engineering for Biorefineries”. This work was performed in the Biological Sciences Research Group of iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, under Professor Isabel Sá-Correia’s supervision.

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BERG Research Presented at SBCN 2021

BERG Research Presented at SBCN 2021 | iBB | Scoop.it

The 15th international symposium on Biochromatography and Nanoseparations, which is taking place from 17-20th May in virtual mode, aims to highlight the recent progress on the purification and characterization of biomolecules from lab to industrial scale. BERG-IBB researchers will be presenting their work with oral (Ana Azevedo, Ana Rita Santos, Amin Javidanbardan and Malik Wahab) and poster (Jorge João) communications.

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BSRG-iBB Researchers Participate in the 1st Microbiome PT Summit

BSRG-iBB Researchers Participate in the 1st Microbiome PT Summit | iBB | Scoop.it

Microbiome research has grown considerably in the past few years, producing large amounts of data to address current and future societal challenges. ELIXIR, the European Infrastructure for Biological Data, and BioData.pt, the Portuguese node of Elixir, are assembling a national microbiome community to address these challenges and promote data findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse, as well as knowledge exchange, among Portuguese and European researchers. In this context, the 1st Microbiome Summit took place last February 4th 2021, and counted on contributions from several BSRG-iBB members, including doctorate researchers Nuno Borges and Tina Keller-Costa, PhD students Sandra Godinho Silva, Rúben Silva and Gracinda Sanches-Fernandes who all prepared short videos about their latest research, and Prof. Rodrigo Costa, who gave an invited talk entitled “The microbiome of marine sponges: diversity, function and biotechnology”.

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Romeu Viana Receives Best Poster Award at MicroBiotec19

Romeu Viana Receives Best Poster Award at MicroBiotec19 | iBB | Scoop.it

Romeu Viana, PhD student from the AEM program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, won one of the best poster prizes at the Congress of Microbiology and Biotechnology – Microbiotec19, held on December 5-7, in Coimbra, Portugal, with a communication entitled “Genome-scale metabolic model of the human pathogen C. albicans: aiming the identification of promising new drug targets”. The work stems from a collaboration between researchers from BSRG/iBB (Romeu Viana, Mónica Galocha), under the supervision of Miguel Cacho Teixeira, and researchers from CEB-UMinho (Óscar Dias, José Bastos, Davide Lagoa) and ITQB-NOVA (Isabel Rocha).

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Nuno Bourbon Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19

Nuno Bourbon Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19 | iBB | Scoop.it

Nuno Bourbon, PhD student from the BIOTECnico doctoral programme at iBB-BSRG, presented his work during the symposium on “Industrial and Food Microbiology” of the Congress of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2019 (Microbiotec’19), which was held between the 5th and 7th of December 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal. The presentation, entitled “Use of Hanseniaspora guilliermondii and Hanseniaspora opuntiae in co-fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae to enhance the aromatic profile of craft beer”, focused on the potential of using two distinct Hanseniaspora yeast species to improve the organoleptic properties of beer. This work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Isabel Sá-Correia (iBB-BSRG) and Dr. Margarida Palma (iBB-BSRG), in collaboration with Prof. Maria Rosário Bronze’s team (IBET and Faculty of Pharmacy, ULisboa, for the analysis of volatile compounds).

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Ana Azevedo Delivers Invited Lecture at ESIB 2018

Ana Azevedo Delivers Invited Lecture at ESIB 2018 | iBB | Scoop.it

Ana Azevedo from BERG-iBB was invited to deliver a presention on continuous purification of antibodies at the European Summit of Industrial Biotecnology, in a special session dedicated to the Continuous Downstream Processing of the Biomolecules of the future. The section included also presentations from Novartis, Merck and Sanofi. The summit was held on the 18th – 20th November 2019, in Graz, Austria.

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Eduardo Brás Presents Multiplexed Detection with Microfluidics at MicroTAS 2019

Eduardo Brás Presents Multiplexed Detection with Microfluidics at MicroTAS 2019 | iBB | Scoop.it

Biotechnology PhD student, Eduardo Brás, gave a poster presentation at the 23rd edition of the MicroTAS conference in Basel, Switzerland. The poster was about the multiplexed detection of plant health biomarkers in grapes, using a microfluidic platform. The system developed consists of a microfluidic chip containing sample preparation and detection modules for both Azelaic Acid and Salicylic Acid, coupled with a-Si:H for real time optical transduction. The work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. João Pedro Conde (INESC-MN) and Prof. Pedro Fernandes (iBB-BERG), with the collaboration of Prof. Ana Margarida Fortes (FCUL). Eduardo was also co-author of another poster presentation concerning the development of a microfluidic chip for targeted phage selection for personalized colorectal cancer treatment and received a travel grant to the conference.

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Catia Bandeiras Wins Best Student Paper at MEDICON 2019

Catia Bandeiras Wins Best Student Paper at MEDICON 2019 | iBB | Scoop.it

Catia Bandeiras from SCERG-iBB was one of the three winners of the “Best Student Paper Track” at the 15th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MEDICON). Catia presented a poster about her paper, focused on the methodology developed during her PhD, entitled “TESSEE – Tool for Early Stem Cells Economic Evaluation”. The work involves a collaboration between iBB, IDSS-MIT (Boston, United States), and medical experts in two American hospitals. The PhD thesis is supervised at IST by Frederico Castelo Ferreira and Stan Neil Finkelstein at IDSS-MIT. The conference took place in Coimbra, Portugal, on 26-28 September.

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Ricardo Ribeiro Delivers Oral Presentation at the 7th Conference on Physiology of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi

Ricardo Ribeiro Delivers Oral Presentation at the 7th Conference on Physiology of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi | iBB | Scoop.it

Ricardo Ribeiro, PhD student from the PhD program AEM - Applied

Environmental Microbiology delivered an oral presentation at the 7th Conference on Physiology of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi titled “Yeast response and tolerance to acetic acid: focus on the cell envelope” The work involves a collaboration between researchers from BSRG-iBB and BioISI. The meeting brought together researchers to exchange knowledge in the field of applied

physiology of yeasts and filamentous fungi, boosting the  understanding of these systems, envisaging their application in biotechnological, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The conference took place in Milan, Italy, on the 24th-27th June.

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André Nascimento Delivers Oral Presentation at Affinity 2019

André Nascimento Delivers Oral Presentation at Affinity 2019 | iBB | Scoop.it

André Nascimento from BERG-IBB delivered an oral presentation at the Affinity 2019 Conference titled “Debottlenecking process development using a microfluidic high-throughput platfrom”. The work involves a collaboration between researchers from BERG-iBB and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The meeting brought together scientists and engineers from academia and industry to exchange knowledge in the field of affinity technology, molecular recognition and its application in industry for health and disease, bioprocessing and biosensing. The conference took place in Stockholm on the 26-18 th June.

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BAGECO 15: Ecosystem Drivers in a Changing Planet

BAGECO 15: Ecosystem Drivers in a Changing Planet | iBB | Scoop.it

The 15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology, dedicated to the topic "Ecosystem drivers in a changing planet", will be held in Lisbon on 26–30 May 2019. The event brings together leading experts in the fields of applied and environmental microbiology, metagenomics, bacterial evolution and related areas. BAGECO 15 will provide a forum to discuss the roles played by microorganisms in the functioning of natural and man-made ecosystems, and as sources of inspiring metabolites and materials of use in a future circular economy. The 5-day symposium is chaired by Rodrigo Costa from BSRG-iBB. Click on title to learn more.

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Inês Pinto Wins ESBES 2018 Award

Inês Pinto Wins ESBES 2018 Award | iBB | Scoop.it

Inês Pinto from BERG-iBB just won the ESBES Award at the ESBES 2018 conference held in Lisbon (8-12 September 2018) for her work “Optimizing the performance of chromatographic separations using integrated microfluidic devices: adsorption/elution kinetic studies and multiplexed analysis”. The work is part of Inês' PhD project on Biotechnology and is co-authored by Raquel Aires Barros, Viginia Chu, João Pedro Conde and Ana Azevedo. Diogo Pinto from SCERG was one of the runnerups of the competition. The ESBES Award is granted biannually by the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences and aims at recognizing outstanding PhD thesis or scientific publications by students or early carrier researchers in the field of biochemical engineering.

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Ciência 2018 - Meeting with Science and Technology in Portugal

Ciência 2018 - Meeting with Science and Technology in Portugal | iBB | Scoop.it

Ciência 2018 is the latest edition of the annual meeting of Portuguese researchers. It aims at promoting a broad debate on the main topics and challenges of the scientific agenda beyond the world of research. The meeting main goal, therefore, is to stimulate not just the participation but also the interaction between researchers, the business sector and the general public. Click on title to learn more.

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iBB research will be on display in this meeting (oral presentations delivered by PIs and posters presented by PhD students).

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iBB Researcher Tina Keller-Costa Delivers Talk at the International Coral Reef Symposium

iBB Researcher Tina Keller-Costa Delivers Talk at the International Coral Reef Symposium | iBB | Scoop.it

In her talk at the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium, taking place online from 19-23 July 2021, Tina Keller-Costa presented her latest comparative metagenomics study on the functional features of the microbiomes of healthy and diseased octocoral tissue.  This conference, granted every 4 years by the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS), brings together 1300 scientists from 80 countries to discuss coral reef science, management, and conservation policies. The symposium is a key event to develop science-based solutions addressing the present and future challenges of coral reefs, which are globally exposed to unprecedented anthropogenic pressures.

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Participation in the EFB2021

Participation in the EFB2021 | iBB | Scoop.it

Carlos JC Rodrigues and Carla CCR de Carvalho (iBB-BERG) presented their work in EFB2021, the major scientific conference organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology. The two studies presented focused on the marine environment as a source of biocatalysts for suitable bioprocesses, and on using microbial heterogeneity to improve bioprocesses. The virtual conference took place during May 10th-14th.

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Carlos Rodrigues Presents his Work at Amine Biocatalysis 4.0

Carlos Rodrigues Presents his Work at Amine Biocatalysis 4.0 | iBB | Scoop.it

The Ph.D. student Carlos Rodrigues, of the Ph.D. program in Biotechnology and Biosciences (BIOTecnico), presented a poster at the Amine Biocatalysis 4.0 conference in Stuttgart, Germany. The poster was about the production of a trifluoromethylamine using a transaminase from a marine bacteria. Mono and biphasic systems, containing organic solvents as substrate reservoirs, were used and the performance of the biocatalyst was evaluated by proper kinetic parameters. The work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Carla CCR de Carvalho (iBB-BERG), with the collaboration of Dr. Manuel Ferrer (CSIC, Spain).

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Ricardo Ribeiro Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19

Ricardo Ribeiro Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19 | iBB | Scoop.it

Ricardo Ribeiro, IST PhD student in Biotechnology and Biosciences
from the FCT doctoral programme in Applied and Environmental
Microbiology (DP_AEM), at iBB-BSRG, presented his work during the symposium on “Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Physiology” of the Congress of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2019 (Microbiotec’19) which was held between the 5th and 7th of December 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal. The presentation was entitled “Yeast response and tolerance to acetic acid: focus on the cell envelope” This work was carried out under supervision of Prof. Dr. Isabel Sá- Correia (iBB-BSRG) and the collaboration of Dr. Mário Rodrigues’s team (BioISI), for the atomic force microscopy characterization of cell wall properties.

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Luís Miguel Martins Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19

Luís Miguel Martins Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’19 | iBB | Scoop.it

Luís Miguel Martins, PhD student from the AEM doctoral programme in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, at iBB-BSRG, presented his work during the symposium on “Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development“   of the Congress of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2019 (Microbiotec’19), which was held between the 5th and 7th of December 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal. The presentation was entitled “Isolation and potential of non-conventional yeasts for the production of added-value compounds from pectin-rich residues, in particular sugar beet pulp”. This work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Isabel Sá-Correia (iBB-BSRG) in the framework of ERANET-Industrial Biotechnology project ERA-IB-2/0003/2015 “Engineering of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for bioconversion of pectin-containing agro-industrial side-streams”.

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Oscillatory Reactor for Continuous ATPS Presented at ICB IV

Oscillatory Reactor for Continuous ATPS Presented at ICB IV | iBB | Scoop.it

Diogo Faria, PhD candidate at BIOTECnico Programme in IBB-BERG, gave a poster presentation at the conference "Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing IV", organized by ECI (Engineering Conferences International), held in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in October 6-9. The poster was about Continuous Aqueous Two-Phase System Extraction using Oscillatory Flow Reactor. The work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Ana Azevedo (IBB-BERG) and Prof. Raquel Aires Barros (iBB-BERG), with colaboration of António Ferreira (FEUP).

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Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing IV

Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing IV | iBB | Scoop.it

The conference "Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing IV", organized by ECI (Engineering Conferences International), was held in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in October 6-9. Ana Azevedo from BERG-iBB chaired session 5 on the "Validation of Integrated Continuous Processes" together with Raquel Orozco from Boheringer Ingelheim. Ana was further selected by the steering committee to chair the next ICB conference in 2021.

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Sara Morini Presents PhD Work at Medicon 2019

Sara Morini Presents PhD Work at Medicon 2019 | iBB | Scoop.it

Sara Morini from SCERG-iBB delivered an oral presentation at the 15th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MEDICON). Sara presented her PhD work in a presentation entitled: “Isolation, characterization and dynamic expansion of non-parenchymal cells for the recellularization of a porcine whole liver”. The work involves a collaboration between iBB and IIS Aragón (Zaragoza, Spain), being supervised at IST by Dr. Ana Fernandes-Platzgummer and Prof. Pedro M. Baptista at IIS Aragón. The conference took place in Coimbra, Portugal on the 26-28th September.

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Eduardo Brás Delivers Poster Presentation at the 2019 Transducers-Eurosensors Joint Conference

Eduardo Brás Delivers Poster Presentation at the 2019 Transducers-Eurosensors Joint Conference | iBB | Scoop.it

Eduardo Brás delivered a poster presentation entitled "A Portable Microfluidic System for the Detection of Health Biomarkers in Grapes at the Point of Need", at the 2019 Transducers-Eurosensors joint conference, in Berlin, Germany. He demonstrated his work concerning the development of a portable device capable of fungal infection detection in grape trees through the detection of plant metabolites, through the use of a enzymatic reaction in a microfluidic device. This work was supervised by Prof. João Pedro Conde (INESC-MN) and Prof. Pedro Fernandes (IBB) and counted with the collaboration of Prof. Ana Margarida Fortes (FCUL).

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Sandra Pinto Delivers Oral Presentation at the 29th ECCMID

Sandra Pinto Delivers Oral Presentation at the 29th ECCMID | iBB | Scoop.it

Sandra Pinto from BSIRG-IBB delivered an oral presentation at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases titled “Optimisation of confocal microscopy imaging techniques to study the diffusion-controlled action of a cationic antimicrobial peptide along Staphylococcus biofilms”. In this work the biofilm mass, metabolic activity and viability were quantified using conventional techniques, while fluorescence imaging methods, including a real-time calcein-release assay, were employed to investigate the kinetics of pepR activity at different biofilm depths. The authors showed that pepR has limited diffusion and activity on the inner layers of a staphylococcal biofilm, and results are consistent with almost irreversible binding of the peptide to the biofilm matrix. The work involves a collaboration between researchers from BSIRG-iBB, BSRG-iBB, IMM and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The conference took place in Amsterdam, Holland, on the 13-16th April.

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ESBES 2018: Lisbon at the Forefront of Biochemical Engineering

ESBES 2018: Lisbon at the Forefront of Biochemical Engineering | iBB | Scoop.it

The 12th European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Sciences was held in Lisbon from 9 to 12 of September of 2018 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. This year, the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) organized the event with the collaboration of iBB/IST, SPBT and Dechema. Raquel Aires-Barros, the event chair, and Ana Azevedo, co-chair, mobilized a team of 15 PhD and MSc students from IST to receive 324 participants (75% non-portuguese). As a complement to scientific lectures, the event featured workshops on Modelling, Monitoring, Measurement and Control (M3C), Scientific Writing and Bioengineering Education. The last topic was extensively discussed during the Symposium as a possible emergent section of ESBES to address and promote an active cooperation between European academia and industry. Click on the title for more information on ESBES 2018.

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Eduardo Brás Presents Research on Point-of-care Devices for Plant Health at Eurosensors 2018

Eduardo Brás Presents Research on Point-of-care Devices for Plant Health at Eurosensors 2018 | iBB | Scoop.it

Eduardo Brás from BERG-iBB delivered an oral presentation at the 32nd edition of Eurosensors in Graz, Austria, concerning his work on the development of a Point-of-Care device for early plant health assessment. The system developed consists of a microfluidic chip containing sample preparation and detection modules, coupled with integrated photodetectors for real time optical transduction. The work is part of Eduardo´s PhD project on Biotechnology, which is supervised by João Pedro Conde from INESC-MN and Pedro Fernandes from BERG-iBB in collaboration with Margarida Fortes from (BioISI). 

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