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Vítor Teixeira
Junior Researcher

Vitor Teixeira graduated in Biochemistry and completed a PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2015 from theUniversity of Porto. Vitor published 16 papers and conference papers in peer-reviewed journals with over 950 citations overall (h-index=11). During his PhD degree, Vitor supervised 1 undergraduate and 1 MSc student, and contributed to the publication of 4 first-author and 3 co-author research papers issued in high impact journals.This work led to greater understanding of sphingolipid functions and metabolism, ranging from the fundamental changes that occur in aged and diseased cells to pave avenues for novel strategies for treatment.This work was awarded with travel grants for lecture plenaries in high-level conferences (FEBS/EMBO YoungScientist Forum Prize 2014). In 2016, Vitor Teixeira got a highly competitive ERC-funded fellowship to perform postdoctoral work at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (University of Oxford, UK) in lipid droplet (LD)biology for 1.5 years. Here, he supervised 1 MSc student and the work resulted in 1 high-impact publication in the Journal of Cell Biology highlighted by the Oxford University Biochemical Society. In this year, Vitor was awarded with the 2016-2017 Invitrogen Science Hero Renaissance Man Award by Invitrogen, an international award attributed to the scientist with the most well-rounded knowledge of all areas of science. Since 2019, heis an Assistant Professor at ICBAS (Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute, Medical School) for students ofMedicine, Oncology and Biochemistry, and awarded a teaching staff ERASMUS+ fellowship. He was also awarded a Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) Junior Investigator position at i3s, where he established an independent line of research in LD biology and neurodegeneration and secured 2 funded projects as PI (CEECIND/00724/2017/CP1386/CT0006 and 2022.02305.PTDC). Here, my strategy will lead to significant insight into the mechanisms of cellular energy storage and dysfunction in motor neuron and metabolic diseases. In2020, I was selected for the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which brings together Nobel laureates and young scientists to foster scientific exchange. In 2021, he became a contracted Project Peer Reviewer for theScience Fund of the Republic of Serbia and for ANR (National Agency for Research of France). He also joined the Editorial Board of MDPI-IJMS (ISSN 1422-0067) as Topical Advisory Panel Member and Editor, having successfully launched two Special Issue called Yeast Cell Signalling Pathways 1.0 and 2.0. Within the scope of this project, Vitor supervised 1 undergraduate, 2 MSc and lab resident PhD students, and published 5 papers(two as first author and three last author) and 3 conference papers in national and international meetings(Vitor was the recipient of a FASEB Science Research Conference fellowship and selected for oral communication in the 2021 45th FEBS Virtual Congress). Overall, his professional network comprises more than 10 collaborators worldwide, and he participated in six national (mostly funded by FCT), and international projects (ERC Starting Grant DROPFAT and H2020-EU.1.1.: PhaseAGE). As team member of the European-funded Twinning project PhaseAGE, an innovation hub in the emerging field of biomolecular phase transitions, Vitor explores stress granule formation in neurodegeneration, and he is actively tutoring the activities of MSc and PhD students. He was part of the SYMPOSIUM scientific and organizing committee of theI PhasAGE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021. For science communication and outreaching, Vitor actively promoted and supported various events, such as the Symposium MCBIOLOGY PhD 6th Edition and the JuniorOutreaching University Program 2022 at i3s. During his career, Vitor participated in several symposia and workshops on life sciences issues and science communication, visited high schools, and organized lab open days for secondary teachers and students to promote science.

Selected Publications

Rakotonirina-Ricquebourg R., Costa V., Teixeira V.,
Hello from the other side: Membrane contact of lipid droplets with other organelles and subsequent functional implications. Progress in Lipid Research85:, 2022. [Journal: Review] [CI: 15] [IF: 14,7 (*)]
DOI: 10.1016/j.plipres.2021.101141 SCOPUS: 85119339720.

Nogueira V., Chang C.K., Lan C.Y., Pereira C., Costa V., Teixeira V.,
Causative links between ER stress and oxidative damage in a yeast model of human N88S seipinopathy. Free Radical Biology and Medicine192:165-181, 2022. [Journal: Article] [IF: 8,1 (*)]
DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2022.09.009 SCOPUS: 85138826161.

Teixeira V., Maciel P., Costa V.,
Leading the way in the nervous system: Lipid Droplets as new players in health and disease. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids1866(1):, 2021. [Journal: Review] [CI: 19] [IF: 5,2]
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2020.158820 SCOPUS: 85092135819.

Teixeira V., Martins T.S., Prinz W.A., Costa V.,
Target of rapamycin complex 1 (Torc1), protein kinase a (pka) and cytosolic ph regulate a transcriptional circuit for lipid droplet formation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences22(16):, 2021. [Journal: Article] [CI: 5] [IF: 6,2]
DOI: 10.3390/ijms22169017 SCOPUS: 85113246359.

Teixeira V., Johnsen L., Martínez-Montañés F., Grippa A., Buxó L., Idrissi F.Z., Ejsing C.S., Carvalho P.,
Regulation of lipid droplets by metabolically controlled Ldo isoforms. Journal of Cell Biology217(1):127-138, 2018. [Journal: Article] [CI: 56] [IF: 8,9]
DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201704115 SCOPUS: 85039869347.

Teixeira V., Costa V.,
Unraveling the role of the Target of Rapamycin signaling in sphingolipid metabolism. Progress in Lipid Research61:109-133, 2016. [Journal: Review] [CI: 29] [IF: 10,6]
DOI: 10.1016/j.plipres.2015.11.001 SCOPUS: 84952328556.

Teixeira V.,
Special Issue: Yeast Cell Signaling Pathways (Volume 1). International Journal of Molecular Sciences24(5):, 2023. [Journal: Editorial] [IF: 6,2 (*)]
DOI: 10.3390/ijms24054929 SCOPUS: 85149949111.