Universidade de Lisboa (University of Lisbon) is the most important University in Portugal with a total of 47,000 students. It was founded in 2013, from the merger of two previous public universities of Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon (1911-2013) and the Technical University of Lisbon (1930-2013). Technical University of Lisbon is in the forefront of academic research and is engaged in several collaborations with Universities and Research centres worldwide. One of these areas is the molecular and structural biology of plant cell wall degrading enzymes, which is mainly based at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Key competences and facilities
The CAZyme and Cellulosomes research group, based at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, is interested in various aspects of plant cell wall degradation. Universidade de Lisboa recruited Immacolata Venditto and Kate Cameron; and provided courses in network-training event 5. ESRs will benefit from all the necessary equipment to carry out research in the cloning & expression of plant cell wall-degrading enzymes genes and functional & structural analysis of the encoded enzymes.
Prof C. Fontes (scientist in charge) is renowned for his expertise on glycoside hydrolases, carbohydrate esterases, CBMs and cellulosomes both at the molecular and at the structural level. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on cell wall deconstruction.
Prof L. Ferreira is a professor at the Department of Animal Production and Food Safety, lecturing Animal Nutrition and Feeding. He has been working in molecular biology of plant cell wall hydrolases and on the use of enzymes in animal nutrition.