CCMAR Seminars: Peculiar plants with outstanding biotechnological potential
December 13th, at 1:30 pm on Amph. C (CP)
Halophyte species: Peculiar plants with outstanding biotechnological potential
(CCMAR, MarBiotech group)
Luísa Custódio, 43 years old, graduated in Agronomy in 1999 from the University of Algarve (Portugal) and in 2006 completed a PhD in Biological Sciences (Plant Biotechnology). In 2009 she joined the Marine Biotechnology group of Centre of Marine Sciences (MB/CCMAR/University of Algarve) and started, along with J. Varela (group leader) and L. Barreira (Assistant Professor) a new line of research: bioactive compounds of marine origin. In July 2013 she was hired as an assistant researcher in the FCT researcher contest. It is currently responsible for the PharmaBlue research line (Biologically active natural products from marine organisms and halophyte plants) of the MB group. In this research line Luísa C. is engaged in the search for biotechnological application of natural products from marine organisms, especially halophytes, in different areas, as for example food, cosmetic, pharma and veterinary sectors. Over the past five years Luísa C. was the principal investigator of the following R&D projects funded by FCT: SEABIOMED (PTDC/MAR/103957/2008), XtremeBio (PTDC/MAR-EST/4346/2012), MaNaCruzi (bilateral project, FCT/CAPES 2358, 2014/2015) and XtremeVet (bilateral collaboration nº3742, PHC Pessoa 2017-2018). She supervised 12 master's and 12 bachelor degrees, and currently supervises 4 PhD students. In total, she has aprox. 50 communications (oral or poster) in national and/or international conferences and published 64 articles in scientific journals.