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Diogo Rafael Rodrigues
PhD Student

Diogo completed his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry (17/20), in 2016, and his Master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology (19/20), in 2018, at the University of Porto. His master thesis was entitled "Analysis of Epigenetic Regulators in Human Spermatogenesis", and was developed at Centro Hospitalar Universitário São João, under the supervision of Dr. Joana Marques.

In early 2019, Diogo joined the Dantas’ lab at i3S as a researcher, to study the recruitment and regulation of the ciliary Cytoplasmic Dynein-2. Later in the year, Diogo was awarded an FCT fellowship (SFRH/BD/143985/2019) to continue his work as a PhD student under Dr. Tiago Dantas’ supervision, focusing on the importance of WDR-60 in Dynein-2 function. He is co-supervised by Dr. Reto Gassmann and Dr. Carla Abreu, and is enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program at ICBAS.

So far, Diogo has co-authored two manuscripts in the Dantas' lab:

De-Castro, A.R.G.*, Rodrigues, D.R.M.*, De-Castro, M.J.G., Vieira, N., Vieira, C., Carvalho, A.X., Gassmann, R., Abreu, C.M.C.#, Dantas, T.J.# (2022). WDR60-mediated dynein-2 loading into cilia powers retrograde IFT and transition zone crossing. J Cell Biol, 221 (1): e202010178. doi:10.1083/jcb.202010178 (*contributed equally; #corresponding author).

De-Castro, ARG*; Quintas-Gonçalves J*; Ribeiro-Silva T; Rodrigues DRM; De-Castro MJG; Abreu CM#; Dantas TJ#. (2021). The IFT20 homolog in Caenorhabditis elegans is required for ciliogenesis and cilia-mediated behavior. MicroPubl Biol. May 11;2021:10.17912/micropub.biology.000396 doi:10.17912/micropub.biology.000396. (*contributed equally; #corresponding author)