António Pinto Almeida, Professor at the Technical University of the Atlantic, Cape Verde, wins the António Coutinho Prize, awarded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation, to integrate the Blue Biotechnology and Biomedicine Lab, led by Susana Gaudêncio, at UCIBIO - FCT NOVA. António Pinto aims to study marine microorganisms with biotechnological potential and for the discovery of new drugs.
António Pinto Almeida, PhD in Basic and Applied Biology in 2016, by the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences of the Technical University of the Atlantic (former member of the University of Cabo Verde). During his career, he has acquired vast skills in laboratory work (molecular biology, microbiology, etc.) and in the field. His interests are aimed at the study of parasite drug resistance and the use of marine resources for the development of new products of interest to health.
In honour of Professor António Coutinho, former director of Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) who has acted as a national science driver fostering its international projection, the IGC in partnership with Fundação Merck and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras (CMO), created an annual prize in his name which includes three fellowships to be attributed to Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PALOP) citizens or descendants from PALOP countries, in order to develop scientific research. António Coutinho fellowships aim to “create opportunities for students and doctorate teachers or researchers in life sciences, health sciences or exact sciences, in order for them to continue broadening their horizons and promoting their scientific careers”.
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