Arsenio M. Fialho0000-0003-4037-1108
Arsenio M. Fialho received his B.S. degree in biology from the Faculty of Biology, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and his Ph.D. degree in biotechnology from Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, in 1986 and 1996, respectively. Since 2004, he has been an Associate Professor at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a Researcher Member of the Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering, Institute of Bioengineering and Biotechnology. His research interests are focused on the biosynthesis and role of bacterial exopolysaccharides, particularly, the commercial gellan gum from sphingomonas elodea and the exopolysaccharide produced by burkholderia cepacia isolates from cystic fibrosis patients. His current scientific interests are also centred on the study of bacterial proteins, such as cupredoxins, as novel promiscuous drug candidates with anticancer, antiparasitic, and anti-HIV activities. Complementarily, he has been deeply interested in bioinformatic and comparative analysis of burkholderia genomes. He is the author of more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Biography Updated on 8 June 2008