About the meeting

September, 7th and 8th Hotel dos Templários – Tomar Between 14:00 and 19:30

Welcome to the Portuguese Drosophila meeting 2018 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 7th and 8th at Hotel dos Templários, Tomar!


Friday, September 7th, 2018

12.00 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.10 Welcome
14.10 – 15.30 SESSION I
14.10 TBA
Speaker 1 (Institution 1)
14.30 TBA
Speaker 2 (Insitution 2)
14.50 TBA
Speaker 3 (Institution 3)
15.10 TBA
Speaker 4 (Institution 4)
15.30 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 – 17.20 SESSION II
16.00 TBA
Speaker 5 (Institution 5)
16.20 TBA
Speaker 6 (Institution 6)
16.40 TBA
Speaker 7 (Institution 7)
17.00 TBA
Speaker 8 (Institution 8)
17.20 – 19.00 POSTER SESSION I
19.00 – 20.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Claude Desplan, NYU, NYC, US
20.00 – 21.00 DINNER

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

9.00 – 10.00 SESSION III
9.00 TBA
Speaker 9 (Institution 9)
9.20 TBA
Speaker 10 (Institution 10)
9.40 TBA
Speaker 11 (Institution 11)
10.00 – 10.20 COFFEE BREAK (hotel check-out)
10.20 – 11.20 SESSION IV
10.20 TBA
Speaker 12 (Institution 12)
10.40 TBA
Speaker 13 (Institution 13)
11.00 TBA
Speaker 14 (Institution 14)
11.20 – 11.30 BREAK (hotel check-out)
11.30 – 12.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Allison Bardin, Curie Institute, Paris, France
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH
14.00 – 16.00 POSTER SESSION II
16.00 – 17.20 SESSION V
16.00 TBA
Speaker 15 (Institution 15)
16.20 TBA
Speaker 16 (Institution 16)
16.40 TBA
Speaker 17 (Institution 17)
17.00 TBA
Speaker 18 (Institution 18)
17.20 – 17.40 COFFEE BREAK
17.40 – 18.40 SESSION VI
17.40 TBA
Speaker 19 (Institution 19)
18.00 TBA
Speaker 20 (Institution 20)
18.20 TBA
Speaker 21 (Institution 21)

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


Claude Desplan – New York University, United States of America [WWW]

Claude Desplan, has been a Silver Professor in New York University’s Department of Biology since 1999. Claude completed his undergraduate training at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in St. Cloud, France and studied Calcium regulation during his Ph.D at INSERM in Paris. As a postdoc with Pat O’Farell at UCSF, he could show that the conserved homeodomain is a DNA binding motif. Claude Desplan’s research centers on understanding the development and functioning of the visual system that underlies color vision using the fruit fly Drosophila as a model system. Recently, he and his team have also provided a functional understanding of the neuronal and computational mechanisms underlying motion detection. Furthermore, the Desplan laboratory uses ?evo-devo? approaches to understand the evolution of patterning mechanisms in the early embryo and in the visual system using wasps and ants as model systems. Claude is an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected foreign member of EMBO, and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
His laboratory has demonstrated the molecular mechanisms that pattern the fly color-sensing photoreceptor neurons and showed how stochastic decisions, a transcription factor network, and a tumor suppressor pathway contribute to the diversification of photoreceptors. It has also sought to understand how color information that arises within the retina is processed in the optic lobe of the Drosophila brain by investigating the development and function of this structure. His lab has shown that neuronal diversity in optic lobes is generated by the lineage of neural stem cells and by spatial input from patterning genes.

Allison Bardin – Institut Curie, France[WWW]

Allison Bardin is a Group Leader of the Stem Cell and Tissue Homeostasis in the Institut Curie, France. She obtained her PhD in Biology from MIT in 2003 studying mitosis exit in yeast. Later Allison joined the lab of François Schweisguth at Institut Curie where she started working on Drosophila gut stem cells maintenance. In 2010 she started a group working on this system to understand stem cell self-renewal and differentiation in tissue homeostasis. Her recent work has also focused on how somatic mutations and chromosome stability can lead to neoplasia in this system.


Hotel dos Templários, Tomar

Please see info on how to get there on Hotel dos Templários website:

Organizing commitee

Pedro Domingos
Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier
Christa Rhiner
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Luis Teixeira
Instituto Gulbekian de Ciência
Rita Valente
Instituto Gulbekian de Ciência


The Company of Biologists Ltd.




BestGene Inc.


nzytech genes & enzymes


Instituto Politecnico de Tomar


ThermoFisher Scientific


The FEBS Journal