I received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of London (King’s College London) in 2002 and I am currently working in the Evolutionary Genetics Subgroup of Molecular Ecology and Evolution of cE3c. I am a researcher in Molecular Biology at INIAV (National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinarian Research). My research focuses on Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics.
For many years I have been involved in Biotechnology and the use of molecular markers for applied research.
For the past 3 years I have been a member of SWG-AKIS (Strategic Working Group in Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems) and I have been presently nominated by FCT (Science and Technology Foundation) as the Portuguese delegate at SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research), an Advisory Group of the EC for agriculture. I am the President of the Portuguese Biologists Association (Ordem dos Biólogos).
I am also in charge, at INIAV, of a service for genetic analysis such as animal paternity testing mostly for cetacean and dogs and for plant genetic profiling in plants, such as eucalyptus.
I am a certificate trainer for Biology and I have provided training for High-School teachers in Molecular genetics, where I have produced a Molecular genetics kit (Biogenius) for practical classes at secondary school level, which has been awarded with the Ciência Viva prize 2015 in Education.
Presently I am involved in Genosuber – a 1,2 M€ project for sequencing the cork oak genome and in FASTBREED, a 3 year 640 k€ for genomic selection assisted breeding in wheat.
Pires, A.E., Detry, C., Chikhi, L., Rasteiro, R., Amorim, I.R., Simões, F., Matos, J., Petrucci-Fonseca, F. et al., (2019) The curious case of the Mesolithic Iberian dogs: an archaeogenetic study.Journal of Archaeological Science, 105, 116-129. DOI:10.1016/j.jas.2019.03.002 (IF2018 3,030; Q2 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)
Ramos, A.M., Usié, A., Barbosa, P., Barros, P.M., Capote, T., Chaves, I., Simões, F., Abreu, I., Carrasquinho, I., Faro, C., Guimarães, J.B., Mendonça, D., Nóbrega, F., Rodrigues, L., Saibo, N.J.M., Varela, M.C., Egas, C., Matos, J., Miguel, C.M., Oliveira, M.M., Ricardo, C.P. & Gonçalves, S. (2018) Data descriptor: the draft genome sequence of cork oak.Scientific Data, 5, 180069. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2018.69 (IF2018 5,929; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Usié, A., Simões, F., Barbosa, P., Meireles, B., Chaves, I., Gonçalves, S., Folgado, A., Almeida, M.H., Matos, J. & Ramos, A.M. (2017) Comprehensive Analysis of the Cork Oak (Quercus suber) Transcriptome Involved in the Regulation of Bud Sprouting.Forests, 8, 486. DOI:10.3390/f8120486 (IF2017 1,956; Q2 Forestry)
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