WHO WE ARE
Raquel Oliveira, Group Leader
I have been fascinated by chromosome morphology ever since my PhD work where I studied the process of chromosome condensation during nuclear division. I have then moved to Oxford to focus on the problem of sister chromatid cohesion and explore new techniques for acute protein inactivation. After a period abroad, I returned to Portugal in 2012 to start my independent line of research aiming at redefining the role of mitotic chromosomes during nuclear division. My current tasks are to set up the lab and built up a highly motivated team. My non-academic interests include Argentine tango, cinema and travel. More info and CV.
Alexandra Tavares, Lab manager
I joined the CHR Lab in October 2013 but have worked in Cell Biology since 2008. I am here to help Raquel managing the lab and to help other people in whatever they need. I participate in everyone’s work which is a great way to have a broader view of the different projects in the lab.
Sara Carvalhal, Postdoc
I'm a member of the CHR family since Jan 2016. Although I'm Portuguese, I have already worked in Spain, UK and Germany. After my PhD in cell division using mammalian cells, I decided to move into a whole organism model: Drosophila. I'm currently focused on pushing chromosome cohesion to its limits by studying how cohesin works during metaphase. During my free time, if I'm not cooking, I like to read, play handball and do pilates.
Ana Boavida, Research Technician
I am from Évora, Alentejo and I’m the newbie in the lab, I joined the CHR lab in February 2019. After my MSc in Forensic Genetics and an experience abroad, I started to really enjoy the research career path, and decided to apply to the CHR because it was very different from what I had experience with, but still related to Genetics which is what I like the most. I’m already learning a lot of new and interesting stuff and excited to be working with an animal model, come back in a few months and who knows I’ll have some interesting projects and insights!
photo credits: IGC
- Leonardo Gaston Guilgur, Post-doc 2015-2019
- Mihailo Mirkovic, Research Technician 2012-2013, PhD student IBB 2014-2018
- Ewa Piskadlo, PIBS 2013-2017
- Inês Brás, Research Technician 2017
- Mariana Santos, Master Student 2013/2014
- Lina Gallego-Paez, Post-doc 2014/2015
- Pedro Almada, Master student 2012/2013