About the meeting

September, 8th and 9th Hotel dos Templários – Tomar Between 2:00PM and 22:30PM

Welcome to the Portuguese Drosophila meeting 2017 website!

This annual scientific meeting reunites the Portuguese scientific community that uses the Drosophila melanogaster model system, as well as some internationally renowned invited speakers. It is a fantastic opportunity to hear state-of-the-art oral and poster communications on a wide variety of fields like Immunology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Oncobiology, Host-pathogen interaction, Population Genetics, and many more.

Scientific findings will be discussed in a friendly and relaxed two-day event where we are sure you’ll have a good time socializing with your scientific colleagues from the north to the south of Portugal, as well as some internationally renowned invited speakers. Naturally, we also welcome Drosophila researchers from outside of Portugal to participate in this meeting.

Please join us September 8th and 9th at Hotel dos Templários, Tomar!


Friday, September 8th, 2017

12.00 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.10 Welcome
14.10 – 15.30 SESSION I
14.10 Sugar appetite is controlled by the metabolic program of germline cells.
Zita Carvalho-Santos (CF)
14.30 In vivo and in real-time mechanisms of synaptic bouton formation.
Andreia Fernandes (CEDOC)
14.50 PP1 inactivates MPS1 to ensure efficient Spindle Assembly Checkpoint silencing.
Margarida Moura (IBMC-i3S)
15.10 Induction of a development delay in Drosophila by Pectobacterium is mediated by
quorum sensing.
Filipe Vieira (IGC)
15.30 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 – 17.20 SESSION II
16.00 VEnCode: a versatile entry code for post-DNA delivery identification of target cells.
André Macedo (CEDOC)
16.20 Biological and behavioral effects of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure: a study in Drosophila.
Rita Santos (UTAD)
16.40 Kinetics of Centriole Biogenesis in Space and Time.
Catarina Nabais (IGC)
17.00 Culling less fit neurons protects against amyloid-β-induced brain damage and cognitive
and motor decline.
Dina Coelho (CF)
17.20 – 19.00 POSTER SESSION
19.00 – 20.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Sex differences in organ size and plasticity.
Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College, London, UK
20.00 – 22.00 DINNER
22.00 – 23.00 ‘Happy Hour’ – POSTER SESSION

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

9.00 – 10.00 SESSION III
9.00 Drosophila melanogaster brain is the limiting tissue in response to developmental
Mihailo Mirkovic (IGC)
9.20 Drosophila melanogaster, a genetic model for neurorehabilitation.
Raquel Laranjeira (CEDOC)
9.40 The role of mitochondria in Drosophila wound healing.
Susana Ponte (CEDOC)
10.00 – 10.15 COFFEE BREAK
10.15 – 11.15 SESSION IV
10.15 Microtubule based nuclear spacing in the Drosophila syncytial embryo.
Ojas Deshpande (IGC)
10.35 Protein N-terminal Acetylation: Defining Its Role in Longevity and Male Fertility.
Rui Silva (UALG)
10.55 Dissecting the role of ecdysone in the regulation of neural stem cell proliferation and fate.
Andreia Oliveira (CEDOC)
11.15 – 11.30 COFFEE BREAK (hotel check-out)
11.30 – 12.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE – 30th year of Drosophila in Portugal
Polo: a master of the cell division ceremony
Claudio E Sunkel, IBMC-i3S, Porto, Portugal
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH
14.00 – 16.00 Visit to Tomar Monuments
16.00 – 17.20 SESSION V
16.00 A Role for microRNAs in Haematopoiesis and Immunity in Drosophila melanogaster.
Joana Carvalho (IGC)
16.20 Role of Pumilio RBP in the post-transcriptional regulation of Drosophila Xbp1.
Fatima Cairrao (ITQB)
16.40 Visual projection neurons required for directed courtship in Drosophila.
Ines Ribeiro (MPI Martinsried & Vienna)
17.00 Growth-Blocking Peptides as Nutrition-Sensitive Signals for Insulin Secretion
and Body Size Regulation.
Takashi Koyama (IGC)
17.20 – 17.40 COFFEE BREAK
17.40 – 18.40 KEYNOTE LECTURE
From patterns of gene expression to comparative morphogenesis.
Pavel Tomancak, MPI Dresden, Germany
Poster and Talk Prizes

The sessions topics will be fully defined and organized shortly after the deadline of abstract submission. However, we expect sessions to fall into the following general categories:

  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Germline Development, Stem Cells
  • Cell Division and Chromatin
  • Evolution and Development
  • Growth and Homeostasis


Irene Miguel-Aliaga – Imperial College & MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, London [WWW]

Irene Miguel-Aliaga is Professor of Genetics and Physiology at Imperial College London and Programme Leader at the London MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences. She obtained her DPhil in Genetics from the University of Oxford in 2001, and explored how neurons acquire their identity during postdoctoral work at Harvard, Linkoping University and NIMR (now Crick Institute), London (2001-2008). Irene has an interest in cellular and organ plasticity. First at Cambridge and now in London, her research group is exploring the mechanisms by which organs sense change and respond to it: the molecules, cellular events and physiological adaptations involved. Their work has primarily focused on the fly intestine and its neurons, which they have used to discover that digestive systems know their sex, are resized and reprogrammed during reproduction, and use their neurons to orchestrate metabolic adaptations to malnutrition and reproduction. Irene was elected to the EMBO YIP programme in 2012 and is the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant.

Pavel Tomancak – MPI-CBG, Dresden [WWW]

Pavel Tomancak studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He then did his PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in the field of Drosophila developmental genetics. During his post-doctoral time at the University of California in Berkeley at the laboratory of Gerald M. Rubin, he established image-based genome scale resources for patterns of gene expression in Drosophila embryos. Since 2005 he leads an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden where he became permanent research group leader in 2013. His laboratory continues to study patterns of gene expression during development by combining molecular, imaging and image analysis techniques. The group has lead a significant technological development aiming towards more complete quantitative description of gene expression patterns using light sheet microscopy. The emphasis on open access resulted in establishment of major resources such as OpenSPIM (http://openspim.org) and Fiji (http://fiji.sc). The Tomancak lab is expanding the systematic analysis of gene expression patterns to other Drosophila tissues and employing the comparative approach in other Drosophilids and invertebrate species. Pavel was elected as EMBO member in 2016.

Claudio Sunkel – ICBAS, Porto [WWW]

Claudio E. Sunkel is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology in the Biomedical Institute of University of Porto (ICBAS). He obtained a First Degree Honors in Biology (1979) and a Ph.D. in Genetics (1983) from Sussex University, UK. He leads a laboratory that is devoted to the study of cell division and the mechanisms involved in maintaining genomic stability in higher eukaryotes. Claudio has made major contributions to the identification and study of the molecular players involved in cell division. He has published over 100 original peer-reviewed articles, supervised 24 PhD students and many postdocs. He teaches Molecular Genetics for Biochemistry and Bioengineering BsC Major at ICBAS, University of Porto, and is responsible for the PhD Program on Cell and Molecular Biology. He is the Director of the Institute of Molecular Cellular Biology (IBMC) and head of the Molecular Genetics Group at this institute. Currently, he is Vice-Director of the I3S (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto). He is a Member of EMBO since 2000, was Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (2007-2010), the Vice-President (2010-2012) and the Chair (2013-2016) of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Council. Currently, he is a member of the Wellcome Trust-India Alliance fellowship selection committee (2014-2017). During 2007-2008 he was the National Coordinator for the Evaluation of Research Units by the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal. Since 2016, he is elected member of the EMBO council.


Hotel dos Templários, Tomar

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Organizing commitee

Eduardo Moreno
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Eurico Morais-de-Sá
Ivo Telley
Gulbenkian Science Institute
Rui Martinho
University of Algarve


The Company of Biologists Ltd.


BestGene Inc.


Leica Microsystems Lda.








Instituto Politecnico de Tomar


Izasa Scientific