Where Ideas grow

1st PhDay at i3S

From bench to stage, from desk to forum



Event Date

30th May 2018



The goal of the PhDay

The PhDay is an opportunity for the PhD students at i3S to share their projects and boost their sense of community. It will potentiate the discussion about the particularities of the Portuguese scientific system, and how it fits in a European and global network.



Who can participate?

The abstract submission will open for all the PhD students at i3s. The i3S community and external participants are welcome to join the symposium as audience and to participate in discussions, particularly in the roundtable session and the closure chill-out.



The meeting will be held at Mariano Gago Auditorium, in i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde.




Rua Alfredo Allen, 208  |  4200-135 Porto, Portugal

Tel: +351 220 408 800 | Site: http://www.i3s.up.pt/ | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt

GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.





Scientific Committee

Mário Barbosa, i3S Director

Catarina Leite Pereira, Microenvironments for New Therapies Group

Danica Drpic, Chromosome Instability & Dynamics

Estrela Neto, Neuro-skeletal Circuits Group

João Vinagre, Cancer Signalling & Metabolism

Pedro Mendes Rodrigues, Thymus Development and Function Group

Stefan Mereiter, Glycobiology in Cancer Group

Tiago Silva, Neurolipid Biology Group



Organizing Committee

Ana Moreira, Epithelial Interactions in Cancer

Ana Pestana, Cancer Signalling & Metabolism

Andreia Almeida, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Cláudia Azevedo, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Cláudia Brito, Molecular Microbiology

Fábio Ferreira, Ageing and Aneuploidy & Vertebrate Development and Regeneration

Filipe Marques, Bioengineering & Synthetic Microbiology

Georgina Alves, Molecular Parasitology

Helena Macedo, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Joana Loureiro, Genetics of Cognitive Dysfunction

José Henrique Teixeira, Microenvironments for New Therapies

Rute Oliveira, Bioengineering & Synthetic Microbiology

Sara Vaz, Ageing and Aneuploidy



Program download [PDF] >>


08h30    Registration


09h00    Symposium Opening & Welcome
              Corino de Andrade Auditorium 
              Mário Barbosa | i3S Director


              Corino de Andrade Auditorium


              Chairs: Andreia Almeida & Tiago Silva


              Miguel Alves-Ferreira | UnIGENe 
              “Phenotypic variability in Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy: transthyretin genetic networks from C. elegans to human models”


09h25    Rute Oliveira | Bioengineering and Synthetic Microbiology
              “Role and molecular mechanisms of a novel ECF sigma factor”
              Daniela Pereira de Vasconcelos | Microenvironments for New Therapies
              “Chitosan with lower degree of acetylation decrease NLRP3 inflammasome response”
              Bianca Lourenço | Biomaterials for Multistage Drug and Cell Delivery
              “Deconstructing the role of CD44v6 in gastric cancer using stromal cell-mediated decellularized matrices”
              Rúben Pereira | Biomaterials for Multistage Drug and Cell Delivery
              “A modular thiol-ene photoclickable bioink for 3D printing of cell-instructive microenvironments”


              Corino de Andrade Auditorium

              Chairs: Georgina Alves & Pedro Rodrigues


             Cláudia Brito | Molecular Microbiology
              “Myosin-IIA tyrosine phosphorylation regulates actomyosin cytoskeleton”


10h10    Ana Cardoso | Immune Regulation
              “The anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 is a new determinant of hematopoietic lineage commitment”
              Mónica Sá | Parasite Disease
              “Dissecting the molecular basis for the tissue tropism of Plasmodium sporozoites in the mammalian host”
              Ana Rafaela Teixeira | Parasite Disease
              “Improving vaccines against Plasmodium’s preerythrocytic phase”
              Rui Ribeiro | Ageing and Aneuploidy
              “In vivo amelioration of aging hallmarks by transcriptional modulation of mitotic proficiency”


10h45    Coffee break
              i3S Main hall


              Corino de Andrade Auditorium

              Chairs: José Henrique Teixeira & Danica Drpic

              Vanessa Nunes | Chromosome Instability and Dynamics
              “Spatiotemporal regulation of mitotic spindle assembly”


11h25    Danilo da Silva Lopes | Chromosome Instability and Dynamics
              “Measuring tubulin post-translational modifications in cancer”
              Ana Coelho Almeida | Chromosome Instability and Dynamics
              “Establishing the simplest in vitro mammalian model system to investigate chromosome segregation fidelity during mitosis”
              Sara Vaz | Ageing and Aneuploidy
              “Age-dependent sensitivity to anti-mitotics: the role of FoxM1 and its therapeutic potential”
              Monika Vilares | Ageing and Aneuploidy
              “Small-molecule inhibition of aging-associated chromosomal instability”


              Corino de Andrade Auditorium


              Chairs: Ana Margarida Moreira & Stefan Mereiter


              Mariana Osswald | Epithelial Polarity and Cell Division
              “Decoding epithelial organization at mitotic exit”


12h10    Margarida Gonçalves | Epithelial Polarity and Cell Division
              “The impact of polarized intercellular adhesion on epithelial cytokinesis”
              Fábio Júnio Ferreira | Ageing and Aneuploidy, Vertebrate Development and Regeneration
              “Transcriptional trans and cis regulation during ageing”
              Henrique Duarte | Glycobiology in Cancer
              “ErbB2 Glycosylation Landscape in Gastric Cancer Cells – A Novel Functional Target?”
              Ana Pestana | Cancer Signalling and Metabolism
              “The problems of establishing a new model for an old player”


12h45    Lunch and Poster Session
              i3S Main hall


14h30    Session on Critical Thinking and Science
              Corino de Andrade Auditorium
              Rui Vieira da Cunha | FLUP, University of Porto


15h30    Round Table: “A PhD for the XXI century”
              Corino de Andrade Auditorium


              Henrique Leitão | CIUHCT, University of Lisbon
              Marta Agostinho | EU-Life, Barcelona
              Anna Olsson | IBMC-i3S, University of Porto
              Mário Barbosa | INEB-i3S, University of Porto
              Carla Oliveira (chair) | IPATIMUP-i3S, University of Porto


17h00    Coffee break
              i3S Main hall


19h15    Closing address
              Mariano Gago Auditorium
              Cláudia Brito & Fábio Júnio Ferreira | Forum of i3S PhD Students


19h30    Symposium chill out, PhD in the kitchen and Social Activities
              Cantine and cantine’s garden

Social Program

Social Activities


Science Quiz

How much do you know about scientific topics? By taking our quiz, teams will undergo a challenge to test their knowledge of science/i3S-related categories.


i3S Treasure hunt

Do you really know i3S? Join a team and dare to enrol in an adventure in our institute.


Scientific Who am I?

The best skill of a PhD student is asking questions. Can you ask the right ones?


Speed dating

If you are interested in a simplified and informal way to learn about various specific areas of research that are happening right now in our institute, it’s time to put your social skills to work at our scientific speed dating.



PhD in the kitchen

PhD in the kitchen contest. Each participant should gather a small team of 3-4 PhD students. Teams will bring dishes to the chill-out that will be under evaluation during the evening by all the attendees. The team with the best dish will win the PhD in the kitchen prize.




The PhD Symposium is open to all i3S PhD students. PhD students at the early stages of their doctoral work are particularly welcome when they have a well-defined problem statement and some planned experiments that they would like to discuss. PhD students in a more advanced stage of their work should still benefit from the symposium experience.



Abstract Submission

All submissions will be reviewed by the PhDay Scientific Committee. A limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral communication. The event is organized in four sessions. Each session will open with a communication with the duration of 10 minutes, selected from the submissions, and continue with four short communications of four minutes. There will be time allocated for discussion of the works presented. Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their work by presenting a poster panel.

Please, have your abstract ready to submit before you register to the PhDay

Abstract template




Registration is free but mandatory. Each participant should bring a small contribution to the PhDay chill-out.


i3S PhD students form >>

i3S community & external participants form >>


Abstract submission & Registration Closure: April 30th, 2018

Notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2018




The excellent oral and panel presentations will be awarded.



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