Marta Wilton Pereira Leite de Vasconcelos

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Academic degrees:

Year  Academic degree  Institution 
2003  Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology  Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (ITQB-UNL), Portugal & International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines 
2000  B.Sc. in Applied Plant Biology  Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), Portugal 

 

Professional activities: 

Period  Position or category  Institution 
2015-present  FCT Investigator (Consolidator grant) and lecturer at ESB-UCP  Universidade Católica Portuguesa 
2013-14  Research Scientist (project "Klear")  Universidade Católica Portuguesa 
2008-2013  Auxiliary Investigator   Biotechnology College of the Portuguese Catholic University
2005-2008  Research Associate  USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA 
2003-2005  Post Doctoral Associate  USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

 

Scientific areas of activity

Plant biotechnology, Head of the Plantech Laboratory.

Major lines of research:

Plant Nutrition:

  • Reduce micronutrient malnutrition by generating nutrient dense staple foods.
  • Understand the mechanisms of iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) in plants.
  • Understand the mechanisms that control nutrient uptake, transport and storage in plants
  • Identify genes are responsible for the higher nutritional content of certain plant species.

Biotic Stress:

  • Biotic stress tolerance, in particular in pine (Pinus pinaster and Pinus pinea).
  • Identify genes that may confer resistance to the pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus).
  • Targeted and non targeted gene expression approaches: SSH, 454 Pyrosequencing, gene cloning.
  • Compare the expression of genes in inoculated and non inoculated plants
  • Enlighten the molecular mechanisms of tree resistance and susceptibility.

Research interests:

  • Plant Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Biotic Stress
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School of Biotechnology

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