Isabel Martins

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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0136-1671
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Portugal

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Isabel Martins (2016-01-24)

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AEM - ITQB team

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Isabel Martins (2017-09-06)

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ResearcherID: I-7255-2012

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Clarivate Analytics (2014-06-09)

Scopus Author ID: 16939348400

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Scopus to ORCID (2017-09-06)

Biography

My interest on suberin, a natural biopolymer that is virtually impermeable to water and solutes and protects the plant from numerous biotic and abiotic stresses, has determined the path of my scientific career. In 2002, I finished my graduation in Eng. Agronómica and was seriously devoted to pursue a scientific carrier. During my graduation thesis and subsequently as a research fellow, I had the opportunity to study the biochemical pathways involved in suberin formation in Quercus suber L and deepen the understanding of plant sciences in particular in stress responses. After 3 years I changed my research field to mycology and continued pursuing my interest in suberin, this time by analyzing its biodegradation. In 2007 I was awarded a FCT grant (supervised by Dr. C. Silva Pereira) focused on the biotechnological potential of fungi and/or fungal enzymes in suberin degradation (e.g. waste management, bioremediation and biodeterioration prevention strategies). The fungal degrading systems proved to be useful for retrieving unique suberin monomers, some of which were preliminarily shown to have interesting properties in inhibiting conidia germination. Being in a multidisciplinary team has enabled me to deepen the study of other aspects of fungal biology, such as the responses to several stresses (e.g. plant terpenoids, environmental pollutants or ionic liquids). My post doctoral plan involves detailing the impact of plant derived molecules with potential signaling roles on fungal development. To understand how fungi can recognize the host and possibly overcome their surveillance system (eventually becoming phytopathogenic) is particularly important specially since there are several diseases threatening important crops in Portugal and at the same time, several studies show that fungi are emerging as human pathogens. During the PhD, mainly during the work developed towards the understanding ionic liquid impact on fungal metabolism we have collected evidences suggesting the existence of secondary metabolites with a major role in the fungal development (in particular some can inhibit the conidia germination). Since 2015 I have been interested on fungal signaling networks especially those that may impact on the fungal morphological/developmental changes.
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