Luís Jaime Gomes Ferreira da Silva Mota

Research Lab Leader

Assistant Professor (since 2012)
Phone number
(+351) 212948530 (ext: 11118)
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Main publications

  • da Cunha, M; Pais, SV; Bugalhao, JN; Mota, LJ. 2017. The Chlamydia trachomatis type III secretion substrates CT142, CT143, and CT144 are secreted into the lumen of the inclusion. PLoS One, 12, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178856
  • Domingues, L; Ismail, A; Charro, N; Rodriguez-Escudero, I; Holden, DW; Molina, M; Cid, VJ; Mota, LJ. 2016. The Salmonella effector SteA binds phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate for subcellular targeting within host cells. CELLULAR MICROBIOLOGY, 18, DOI: 10.1111/cmi.12558
  • Bugalhao, JN; Mota, LJ; Franco, IS. 2016. Identification of regions within the Legionella pneumophila VipA effector protein involved in actin binding and polymerization and in interference with eukaryotic organelle trafficking. MicrobiologyOpen, 5, DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.316

Main research interests

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of infection of intracellular bacterial pathogens (Chlamydia and Legionella).
  • Specialised bacterial protein secretion systems (type III and type IV).


  • PhD in Biology, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2001)