Where Ideas Grow

10th McBiology Symposium

18-19 April 2024 | i3S, Porto, Portugal

Embarking on its 10th milestone, the Molecular and Cell Biology Symposium celebrates "A Decade Building Science."

Crafted by the students from the Doctoral Program in Molecular and Cell Biology, this event takes place on April 18th and 19th, 2024, at the i3S - Institute for Research & Innovation in Health in Porto, Portugal.

Immerse yourself in the symphony of knowledge as esteemed national and international speakers delve into i3S's key research domains: Cancer, Host Interaction and Response, and Neurobiology and Neurologic Disorders. Join us for outstanding lectures and poster sessions presented by the brilliant minds of MCBiology PhD students.

Let's unite once again for a celebration of a decade dedicated to the pursuit of scientific excellence.

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The symposium will be held at i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde.
Rua Alfredo Allen, 208; 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 220 408 800 | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt
GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.


Organizing Committe
Alexandre Rodrigues Coelho
Bruno Diogo Dias Ribeiro
Carlos Daniel Vilaça Sousa Soares
Daniela Silva Felício
Diogo Ferreira Lucas
Estefânia Coelho Carvalho
Francisco Maria Granchinho Bicho Tavares Cadete
Inês Cardial Mendes Dias
Joana Isabel Carvalho Azevedo
Jorge Alexandre Ferreira Matinha Cardoso
Lídia Maria Pereira Faria
Manuel António Moreira Correia
Maria Carolina Antunes Pereira
Ricardo Jorge Vieira Soares
Rute Daniela Matos Gonçalves
Xuwen Zeng

External Commission
Peter Lindblad

Peter Lindblad holds a PhD in Physiological botany from Uppsala University (UU, 1987), did PostDoctoral research in Australia and USA before returning to UU where he was promoted to professor in Biology 2000. In 2009 he moved to Chemistry where he leads Microbial chemistry, a concentrated effort to explore the biotechnological potential of cyanobacteria from fundamentals to applications. Present R&D focus is on cyanobacteria for sustainable production of chemicals, including fuels, from CO2 and solar energy in direct processes. This includes e.g. photosynthetic butanol production, increased CO2-fixation, efficient H2 production and the development of synthetic consortia. Professor Lindblad has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is/was a partner or coordinator in several EU Framework supported projects such as PhotoSynH2, Promicon, Photofuel, CyanoFactory, BioModularH2, Solar-H2 and Solar-H.


Cord Brakebusch

Cord Brakebusch Biotech Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cord Brakebusch received his M.SC. in Biochemistry in 1989 at the University of Hannover in Germany and performed his Ph.D. work at the Weizmann Institute of Science,Rehovot, Israel. Following postdocs at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany he became 1998 assistant Professor at Lund University, Lund, Sweden and 2002 a Heisenberg Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. 2006 Cord Brakebusch joined the University of Copenhagen as a Professor. He assumed the Directorship of the University’s Transgenic Animal Core Facility in 2006 and since 2007 he has been a Group leader of Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), at the University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Brakebusch’s active research areas are the role of Rho GTPase signaling in development and disease using genetically modified mice. Rho GTPase signaling is regulating multiple important cellular functions including cell migration, cell polarity and cell proliferation and work by the Brakebusch group revealed novel roles for example in skin inflammation and skin tumor.
Dr. Brakebusch received an Assistant Professor Fellowship from the Swedish Research Council, 1999-2001, and a Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Council from 2002-2005.
Hirsch factor 73; average citation per item 60.5; 15 061 citations (Web of Science).
BRIC - Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark: http://www.bric.ku.dk/
Brakebusch Group: http://www.bric.ku.dk/research/brakebusch_group/


Thursday, 18th April

13h00 – 13h30: Registration
13h30 – 14h00: Opening session
14h00 – 15h00: Adriana Sanchéz Dánes
15h00 – 15h10: Sponsors talk
15h10 – 16h00: 3 students talks: 10 min talk + 5 min questions
16h00 – 16h20: Coffee break
16h20 – 17h20: Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann
17h20 – 17h30: Sponsors talk
17h30 – 18h30: round table
18h30: Closure

Friday, 19th April

9h30 – 10h30: Christa Rhiner
10h30 – 10h40: Sponsors talk
10h40 – 11h00: Coffee break
11h00 – 11h45: 3 students talks: 10 min talk + 5 min questions
11h45 – 11h55: Sponsors talk
12h00 – 13h00: Anne Ephrussi (Invited FNS Speaker)
13h00 – 14h00: Lunch time (not provided)
14h00 - 15h30: Poster session
15h30 – 16h30: 4 students talks: 10 min talk + 5 min questions
16h30 – 16h40: Sponsors talk
16h40 – 17h: Closing remarks
17h00: Chill out


Christa Rhiner

Christa Rhiner received her Master degree in 2012 from the University of Bern, Switzerland, following a Master thesis in the lab of Prof. Adriano Aguzzi at the University Hospital in Zurich. She then entered the International Neuroscience PhD program of the ETH/University of Zurich (UZH) and joined the lab of Prof. Michael O. Hengartner to work on axon guidance signaling in C. elegans. Apart from her PhD, she also obtained a degree in science communication from the Institute for Applied Media Studies.
For her postdoctoral studies (2007-2010), she moved to the group of Dr. Eduardo Moreno at the National Cancer Center (CNIO) in Madrid and studied novel factors mediating cell competition in Drosophila and mice. In 2011, Christa joined the Institute of Cell Biology in Bern as lecturer and investigator where she worked on neuronal fitness and established Drosophila as a model to study brain regenerative processes. In 2017, she started her own group at the Champalimaud Center in Lisbon focusing on brain repair responses.

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until the 23rd of February (notification of acceptance until the 6th of March). Abstract submission is open for McBiology students only.

Abstracts should be structured according to the following template:

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Abstract submission form >>


Registration is free, but mandatory until 7th of March.

Registration includes participation in the event and certificate.

Registration form >>





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More information:
Events Management Unit | Rua Alfredo Allen 208 | 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Email: events@i3s.up.pt | Tel: +351 226 074 900