Católica Medical Seminar | Raquel Oliveira

Quinta-feira, Novembro 23, 2023 - 12:30 to 13:30

Católica Medical School invites you to participate in the seminar on “Chromosome organization during mitosis: from basic principles to human disease”, which will take place on November 23rd at 12:30 pm at Católica Medical School Multicare auditorium.

Keynote speaker: Raquel Oliveira, PhD

hosted by Bruno Cardoso

Raquel Oliveira heads the Chromosome Dynamics Lab at Católica Biomedical Research Centre / Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. She has been fascinated by chromosome morphology ever since her PhD work where she studied the process of chromosome condensation during nuclear division. Her PhD studies were integrated in the Doctoral Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine of CNC (Uni. Coimbra).  Her work was performed at the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC), University of Porto, under the supervision of Prof. Claudio Sunkel. She completed her PhD in 2007 and then moved to the United Kingdom, to the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford to work with Prof. Kim Nasmyth. Her work focused on the process of sister chromatid cohesion during mitosis concomitantly with the development of novel techniques to induce acute protein inactivation inside living cells, using fruit flies as a model organism. She returned to Portugal in 2012 to start an independent line of research at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. In 2022, she was appointed Associate Professor of Católica Medical School and vice-director of the newly created Católica Biomedical Research Centre.

Over her academic career, Raquel Oliveira made important discoveries on how mitotic chromosome structure impacts on the fidelity of chromosome segregation, organism development and human disease. She has received many international grants and awards, including an ERC Starting Grant, an ERC Consolidator Grant, an EMBO Installation Grant and a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant.  In 2022, Raquel Oliveira was elected as an EMBO member.

Raquel Oliveira is continuously engaged into teaching at graduate courses and works as a Career Advisor at Chaperone (an online platform for personalised career support for scientists).

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