O DQ iniciou este ano a atribuição de uma Bolsa de Mérito ao melhor aluno de Licenciatura que se encontra no 2º ano (o aluno que terminou o 1.º ano das LQA, LBioq ou MIEQB com a melhor classificação).
O vencedor foi o aluno Bruno Filipe Pinto Branco, aluno do 2º ano do MIEQB, que terminou o 1º ano com a média de 17,85 valores.
Esta bolsa tem o valor de cerca de 1300 €. O estudante que recebe a bolsa, paga a propina mínima em vez da propina anual, durante 3 anos consecutivos.
Today, September 15, is the first meeting of the project “Integrated Platform for de novo Design and Development of a Chimeric Enzyme for high-value chemicals” (CHImerASE) granted by European Research Area (ERA) Industrial Biotechnology. The project involves a translational cooperation between Austria, Germany and Portugal. Cecília Roque, head of the Biomolecular Engineering Lab at UCIBIO - FCT/UNL, is one of the project leaders, together with Vlada B. Urlacher (Germany), Christian Gruber (Austria), Michael Breuer (Germany) and Helmut Schwab (Austria). The project is coordinated by Ricardo Branco, post-doc of the Biomolecular Engineering Lab at UCIBIO - FCT/UNL.
The CHImerASE project started on July, and intends to develop a platform for the design of chimeric enzymes applied to new biotransformation steps. The team aims to deliver an efficient de novo designed enzyme to accomplish a high value industrial transformation that is currently only accessible via a laborious conventional chemical process. The consortium partners strongly believe that such innovative approach will represent a breakthrough in the biocatalysis field with a significant impact at industrial, economical and environmental levels.
Crystal Sense, funded by four researchers of UCIBIO at FCT/UNL, is developing a promising product that will reduce the number of infections and its effects, following a surgery. Cecília Roque, head of the Biomolecular Engineering Lab, and mentor of this project, explains that every year, there are around 285 million surgery wounds in the world; it is estimated that there is a probability of infection in 10 % of the surgeries. The problem is that not always these surgical site infections are detected, as their symptoms are often confused with symptoms caused by the surgery itself. Even when doctors or nurses suspect of these infections, the confirmation is done by laboratory techniques, which takes 24 to 48 hours to reveal which is the microorganism responsible for that infection. The Crystal Sense team, composed by Cecília Roque, Ana Margarida Dias, Ana Sofia Pina and Ricardo Branco, idealize a wound dressing that will detect and alert for the presence of microorganisms on the surgical wound in a few seconds.
Professors Carlos Lodeiro and José Luís Capelo from the BIOSCOPE group at Chemistry Department, CEOS of the Proteomass Scientific Association, have just coordinated a Special Issue on the Dyes and Pigments Journal (Elsevier). This special issue brings us the unique occasion to witness the work of leading researches in all branches of the field, including the design of new molecules, new chemosensors/probes, new applications in material science and biosciences and new methods of analysis – says Professor Carlos Lodeiro and Professor José Luís Capelo. Here are collected 28 research articles, from international research groups, that involve the use of Light as an analytical tool.
The special issue is dedicated to 1st IC3EM (1st International Caparica Congress on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials, 2014) that is taking place in Costa da Caparica from 8 to 11 September, bringing together 280 international scientists of the optical fields that are based on light and color as measuring tools. Leading scientists of the field are giving conferences, namely Prof. A. Prasanna De Silva (UK), Prof. Fernando Pina (Portugal), Prof. Ramón Martínez-Mañez (Spain), Prof. Olá Söderberg (Sweden) e Prof. Engin U. Akkaya (Turkey). The scientific program comprises 120 conferences and 90 posters. The Conference Series IC3EM on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials starts this year 2014 in Caparica (Portugal) and aims to take forward the “Caparica” name throughout the world, and link it to Light and Colour.
Cecília Roque, head of Biomolecular Engineering Lab, and her team composed by Ana Margarida Dias, Ana Sofia Pina and Ricardo Branco, participated in COHiTEC 2014 program. The program aims to support the valuation of the knowledge produced at Portuguese R&D institutions. Next July 1, the tech-based projects that participated in COHiTEC 2014 will be presented publicly in a Closing Session that will take place at Porto Business School, starting at 2 pm.