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Local adaptation in Drosophila

Ana Sofia Quina

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I have a graduation in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, supervised by Prof. Leonor Parreira, on the functional and spatial organization of chromatin domains within the nucleus of human cells. I did my first posdoc in the lab of Luciano Di Croce, at the CRG (Centre for Genomic Regulation), Barcelona, where I worked on epigenetics, specifically on the role of chromatin-modifying enzymes in the development of leukemia. Currently, I am a researcher at CESAM UL (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon), in the group of “Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes” led by Prof. Maria da Luz Mathias. My research is focused on speciation genetics and molecular evolution, and on the relationship between genetic diversity, gene expression, epigenetics, and stress markers on physiologic and adaptive responses of wild small mammals chronically living in stressful environments.
Additionally, I collaborate in other research projects, namely as a team member in the project ADAPTCLIMWARM, led by Pedro Simões, of the CE3C (Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes). The main goal of the project is to understand how populations adapt to new thermal conditions, across biological levels, from phenotypes to chromosomal inversions and transcriptomic changes, and my main contribution will be on the analysis of gene expression. I also collaborate with João Paulo Tavanez and Prof. Celso Cunha, from the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT, New University of Lisbon) in the study of the phylogeny of the hepatitis D virus (HDV) and of RNA metabolism alterations in HDV-induced hepatocellular carcinoma.


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