Pedro Fernandes graduated in Chemical Engineering by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisboa in 1989. After graduation he worked as research assistant in a Portuguese company, Quatrum SA, dedicated to the production of intermediate therapeutic steroids. He returned to academia and got a MSc in Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering in 1994 and a PhD in Biotechnology in 1999, both from IST, Lisboa. From 1999 to 2008 he was actively involved in teaching activities at Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT). In 2000 he co-founded Biotrend, a bioprocess development company in the field of Industrial Biotechnology, where he currently serves as a pro-bono scientific adviser. In 2008 Pedro achieved a position as Research Scientist at IBB-Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering-IST through the competitive call Ciência 2007 and dedicated fully to research at IST, establishing a small group which currently includes one Post-Doctoral student, two PhD students and one MSc student. His research interests are within the scope of the development of process technology for the fast and reliable implementation of biocatalytic and combined chemo-enzymatic processes, with application in food and feed, pharmaceutical and energy areas. His main areas of expertise involve the rational design and characterization of multiphase bioconversion systems and the intensification of bioconversion processes through miniaturization. Pedro has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and 15 book chapters. He is member of several scientific/professional societies and has also been active in the dissemination of scientific knowledge to secondary school students, through initiatives such as the program “Ciência Viva”. In 2011, Pedro was awarded the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL)/Santander Totta (ST) Scientific Award, in the area of Biological Engineering, as recognition of the scientific work and career.
Biography Updated on 5 June 2012