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Molecular and cellular dynamics during starfish nerve regeneration Discover of diagnosis and therapeutic biomarkers Molecular processes involved in bacteria-host interaction

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  • 28 h-Index

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After my PhD in protein crystallography in 1998, I have started my first research project involving proteomics and have changed my research field for mass spectrometry based biological applications, namely on omics approaches. One of the research projects, still going on, aims at unveiling the mechanisms of echinoderms regeneration that lead to the functional re-growth of complete body-parts, including the radial nerve cord. Several other projects involved the study of host pathogen interactions. More recently, my research has expanded to the use of other omics approaches involving the discovery of biomarkers for early TB diagnosis and the characterization of Staphylococcus epidermidis infection mechanisms.

As a researcher, I have published more than 100 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals (H index = 27).

I am Head of the Proteomics of Non-Model Organisms Laboratory at Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB NOVA), New University of Lisbon (Portugal). I received my PhD in 1998 from the University of Évora (Portugal) where I was an assistant professor till 2002. I have started implementing the Mass Spectrometry Facility at ITQB NOVA in 2002, which I coordinated till 2013.

Research interests

At the Proteomics of Non-Model Organisms Laboratory, proteomics integrated with other omics approaches, is being used as a high-throughput strategy to investigate unique biological processes from non-model organisms. The toolbox of omics approaches are additionally being utilized for the characterization of i) selected biological processes of marine organisms, ii) microbe-host interactions with relevance in veterinary and medical contexts focusing in the identification of novel targets for therapeutics and biomarkers for diagnostic, and finally, iii) non-model bacteria (such as, Ehrlichia ruminantium, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and epidermidis) to improve their genome annotation and refine the knowledge on their biological pathways.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D. in Chemistry (Biochemistry), Doctorate, Universidade de Évora

Award Date: 4 May 1998

Biochemistry, Bachelor, Universidade de Lisboa

Award Date: 1 Dec 1987

External positions

Assistant Professor, Universidade de Évora

4 May 19981 Dec 2010

Professor Assistant, Universidade de Évora

1 Oct 19904 May 1998

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Research Output at NOVA


Fernandes, A. F., Sardoo, A., dos Santos, F. P. & Coelho, A. V., Jun 2019, In : Annals of the rheumatic diseases. 78, p. 2047-2047

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Changes in the intestinal mucosal proteome of turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) infected with haemorrhagic enteritis virus

Marques, A. T., Anjo, S. I., Bhide, M., Varela Coelho, A., Manadas, B., Lecchi, C., Grilli, G. & Ceciliani, F., 1 Jul 2019, In : Veterinary Immunology And Immunopathology. 213, 109880.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Maristem-Stem Cells of Marine/Aquatic Invertebrates: From Basic Research to Innovative Applications

    Ballarin, L., Rinkevich, B., Bartscherer, K., Burzynski, A., Cambier, S., Cammarata, M., Domart-Coulon, I., Drobne, D., Encinas, J., Frank, U., Geneviere, A-M., Hobmayer, B., Lohelaid, H., Lyons, D., Martinez, P., Oliveri, P., Peric, L., Piraino, S., Ramsak, A., Rakers, S. & 6 others, Rentzsch, F., Rosner, A., da Silva, T. H., Somorjai, I., Suleiman, S. & Coelho, A. V., Feb 2018, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 10, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    The Effect of Breed, Gender, and Acid Stimulation in Dog Saliva Proteome

    Lucena, S., Coelho, A. V., Capela-Silva, F., Tvarijonaviciute, A. & Lamy, E., 2018, In : BioMed Research International.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    4 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    An integrated view of asteroid regeneration: tissues, cells and molecules

    Ben Khadra, Y., Sugni, M., Ferrario, C., Bonasoro, F., Varela Coelho, A., Martinez, P. & Candia Carnevali, M. D., 1 Oct 2017, In : Cell and Tissue Research. 370, 1, p. 13-28 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)