Arsenio M. Fialho

Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Portugal


Arsenio M Fialho received his B.S. in Biology from the Faculty of Biology, University of Lisbon, Portugal and his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, in 1986 and 1996, respectively. Since 2004 he is an Associate Professor at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a Researcher member of the Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering, Institute of Bioengineering and Biotechnology. He was on sabbatical leave (2004/2005) at Atelier de BioInformatique of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, France and Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgical Oncology of the University of Illinois, Chicago, US. Research interests are dealing with 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 anti-cancer, anti-parasitic and anti-HIV activity. 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 4 November 2010

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