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Brilliant PhDs, brighter future: Shaping Science together!

October 3rd and 4th 2023


We are thrilled to announce the upcoming event "Brilliant PhDs, brighter future: Shaping Science together!", designed for PhD students who are eager to shine in their future careers. The event will take place on October 3rd and 4th 2023, at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto (i3S). The event will feature distinguished keynote speakers from various fields who will share their valuable insights and experiences with you, and help you identify your own unique path towards a brighter future. Furthermore, we will invite a variety of professionals who have chosen to pursue a profession outside of academia, to answer your questions regarding different career opportunities. This event is an excellent opportunity for PhD students to network with other like-minded individuals, and to learn from experts in their respective fields. By attending this event and investing in your professional development, you will be able to hone in on your professional skills and contribute to the growing academic community here at i3S. So, what are you waiting for? Join us at "Brilliant PhDs, brighter future: Shaping Science together!" and take the first step towards building a successful and fulfilling career!


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i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde.

Rua Alfredo Allen, 208; 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 226 074 900 | Site: http://www.i3s.up.pt/ | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt
GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.


i3S PhD Students:

Ana Baião, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery
Ana Luísa Machado, Epithelial Interactions in Cancer
André Carvalho, Epithelial Polarity & Cell Division
Carla Santos, Genetic Diversity
Elias Weiler, Chromosome Instability & Dynamics
Filipa Castro, Genetics of Cognitive Dysfunction
Joana Azevedo, Stem Cells & Neurogenesis
Joana Lima, Epithelial Polarity & Cell Division
Lídia Faria, Cytoskeletal Regulation & Cancer
Maria Miguel Castro, Cancer Metastasis
Mariana Magalhães, Bioengineered 3D Microenvironments
Mariana Nunes, Pain Neurobiology
Sofia Dias, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery
Sofia Quintas, Tumour and Microenvironment Interactions
Tiago Almeida, Glial Cell Biology
Tiago Ribeiro, Biocomposites


DAY 1 | October 3rd

08h30 | Registration

             i3s main hall


09h00 | Welcome Session

             Mariano Gago Auditorium

09h15 | SESSION 1 - Neurobiology

09h15 | Engineering neurogenesis in the postnatal brain by in vivo lineage reprogramming: cellular context matters!

Benedikt Berninger, Francis Crick Institute, UK

10h15 | Mechanisms controlling the ciliary exit of retrograde IFT trains

Diogo Rodrigues, PhD student

10h35 | Tension-driven growth triggers developmental stage-specific adaptations of the axonal cytoskeleton and membrane

Sara Sousa, PhD student




11h20 | SESSION II - Immunobiology

11h20 | β cell targeting NPs for the treatment of type 1 diabetes

Cecília Cristelo, PhD student

11h40 | The Immunological Impact of a 4D Bioprinted Human Cartilage Microtissue with an Immunomodulatory Nanosystem

Marina Couto, PhD student

12h00 | The innate immune system and tissue homeostasis

Andreas Diefenbach, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Berlin Centre for the Biology of Health, Germany


13h00 | LUNCH


14h30 | Students presentations

14h30 | The molecular program that drives Foxn1 expression is temporally regulated during thymic epithelial cell specification

Laura Sousa, PhD student

14h50 | Quick-fire Students Presentations

15h20 | Development of novel CAR-Ts directed to tumorassociated glycoepitopes

Rafaela Abrantes, PhD student

15h40 | Genetic variants associated to type 2 diabetes modulate endocrine coding enhancers in vivo

Ana Eufrásio, PhD student


16h00 | Coffee Break


16h30 | Workshops


18h00 | Quiz Game Session


DAY 2 | October 4th

09h30 | SESSION III - Cancer

09h30 | Mechanistic Insights into the Consequences of Chromosome Segregation Errors on Cell Physiology

Stefano Santaguida, European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan, Italy

10h30 | Differential protein and glycan packaging into extracellular vesicles in response to 3D gastric cancer cellular organization Álvaro Martins, PhD student


10h50 | Coffee Break


11h15 | Session III (cont.)

11h15 | When two (nuclei) is too many: the impact of cytokinesis failure on cell migration

Vítor Yang, PhD student

11h35 | Motile performance and expression signatures underlying CDH1 clinical spectrum

Joana Pereira, PhD student


12h00 | Selected Poster Pitch Session


12h30 | Lunch


13h30 | Poster Session


15h00 | Seminar Soft Skills

Pedro Resende, i3S, Portugal


16h30 | Industry Networking Session


17h30 | Closing Session and Awards


18h00  | Chill Out



Benedikt Berninger

Benedikt graduated in biology from the University of Munich (1992) and obtained a PhD under supervision of the late Hans Thoenen at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry on activity-dependent gene expression in hippocampal neurons. He then joined the laboratory of Mu-ming Poo at the University of California San Diego to study rapid effects of nerve growth factors on synapses and neuronal growth cones. After a brief stay at the Karolinska Institute with Jonas Frisén, he returned to Munich in 2000 to study neurogenesis in the adult mammalian brain. In 2003, he joined the laboratory of Magdalena Götz at the Helmholtz Center Munich, and in 2005 he became lecturer in Physiological Genomics at the University Munich. Together with Magdalena, he discovered the capacity of proneural factors Neurogenin-2 and Achaete-scute complex like-1 to reprogram astrocytes of the mouse cortex. In 2011, Benedikt was appointed Professor of Physiological Chemistry at the University Medical Center Mainz.

In 2018, Benedikt moved to the UK, where he established his laboratory at the Centre of Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London as Professor of Developmental Neurobiology. In 2021 he opened a satellite laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute. His research focuses on glia-to-neuron conversion, addressing questions ranging from the molecular underpinnings of reprogramming to the functional integration of the induced neurons. Benedikt holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and an ERC Advanced grant.


Andreas Diefenbach

Andreas Diefenbach is Professor and Chair of the Institute of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Founding Director of the Berlin Centre for the Biology of Health, a joint research institute of Charité and Free University Berlin devoted to understanding the molecular mechanisms that maintain health. He also is a Senior Group Leader at the German Rheumatism Research Center, A Leibniz Institute. His lab studies development and function of the innate immune system and is particularly interested in understanding how the innate immune system coordinates adaptation of multicellular organisms to their environments (e.g., microbiota, nutrients).


As a Physician Scientist, Andreas has been supported by grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the European Research Council (ERC-StG-2012; ERC-AdG-2021), and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). He is the coordinator of the DFG Priority Program 1937 (“Innate Lymphoid Cells”). His numerous awards include the Main Scientific Prize of the German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology. He was a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences USA & Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung and is an elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Since 2017, he is recognized as a Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics) in the field of Immunology.


Stefano Santaguida

Stefano Santaguida is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Milan and a Group Leader at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO, Milan, Italy).

He obtained a PhD in Molecular Medicine for his work in the laboratory of Professor Andrea Musacchio at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO, Milan, Italy) where he studied the molecular mechanisms underlying proper execution of cell division. During his graduate work he made several contributions to the understanding of the regulation of the process of chromosome segregation, focusing, in particular, on the functions of the mitotic kinases Aurora B, Haspin and Mps1.

For his post-doctoral studies, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Angelika Amon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, US). The main focus of his work at MIT was on several aspects of the consequences of aneuploidy on cellular functions. His studies started to uncover how an unbalanced chromosome number affects the cell’s proteome and provided accurate information on the immediate consequences of aneuploidy on genome integrity.

In his own lab, he aims to provide a molecular characterization of the pathways deregulated in aneuploid cells, with the hope to facilitate the development of therapeutic interventions targeting the aneuploid state of cancer.


Pedro Resende

Pedro Resende is a Biomedical Researcher at i3S. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Life sciences / Biomedical sector. An alumnus of the University of Porto, Pfizer, Salk Institute, UCLA. Worked in three countries (Portugal, the UK, and the USA) and experienced different roles in academia, industry and third sector. Co-founded two professional associations, and also worked as External Consultant at the Ministry of Health, Portugal. Pedro is co-founder and Director of Chaperone, an online platform for career development, aiming to democratize access to high level career support. Chaperone was recognized and awarded as a social impact company by different international entities, and has already supported scientists from over 25 countries. Pedro co-designed career development initiatives for more than 40 prestigious scientific institutions and is regularly invited to lecture on topics related to scientific careers.


Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until September 6th (notification of acceptance until September 15th). Participants must complete the registration or the work will not be considered. All oral communication submissions that are not selected for a talk will automatically be considered for a poster communication.


Abstracts should be structured according to the template below.

Abstract template 

Abstract submission form 


Limited registrations. Registration is free but mandatory. i3S members only.
Registration deadline: September 6th 2023

Registration form 


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