About the meeting

September, 13th and 14th Hotel Villa Batalha – Batalha Between 14:00 and 19:30

Welcome to the Portuguese Drosophila meeting 2019 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 13th and 14th at Hotel Villa Batalha, Batalha!


Friday, September 13th, 2019

12.00 – 14.00 REGISTRATION
14.00 – 14.20 WELCOME SESSION
14.20 – 15.40 SESSION I

Progression Through Pupariation Behaviors Requires Dilp8-Lgr3 Signaling Between the Cuticle Epidermis and Thoracic CNS Neurons
Alisson Gontijo, Gontijo Lab, CEDOC

The role of microenvironment for tumor-like neural stem cell proliferation
Ana Rebelo, Homem Lab, CEDOC

Dissecting the interplay between mitotic progression and spindle orientation
Nelson Leça, Conde Lab, I3S

Dissecting polarity formation in the Drosophila oocyte
Ana Milas, Teley Lab, IGC
15.40 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 – 17.00 SESSION II

Dissecting apical-basal polarity in proliferative epithelia with optogenetics
Mariana Osswald, Morais de Sá Lab, I3S

Msp1 releases Mad1 from nuclear pores to ensure a roboust mitotic checkpoint and accurate chromosome segregation
Sofia Cunha-Silva, Conde Lab, I3S

Brain neurons controlling female rejection behaviors
Eliane Arez, Vasconcelos Lab, CCU
17.00 – 18.50 POSTER SESSION I – Odd numbers
19.00 – 20.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Tony Southall, Imperial Collage London, UK
20.00 – 20.30 FREE TIME
20.40 – 22.00 DINNER – “Vintage” Restaurant

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

10.00 – 10.50 SESSION III

Nucleosome remodelers: a look into the epigenomic regulation of neural stem cells
Ana Venda, Homem Lab, CEDOC

In vivo and in real time mechanism of synaptic bouton formation at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction
Rita Teodoro, Teodoro Lab, CEDOC

A synthrophic relationship allows gut bacteria to alter feeding behavior of Drosophila melanogaster
Silvia Henriques, Ribeiro Lab, CCU
11.00 – 12.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Fernando Casares, Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo, Spain
12.00 – 12.15 CHECK OUT
12.15 – 13.50 LUNCH – “Villa Batalha Hotel”
14.00 – 15.00 GUIDED VISIT to Mosteiro da Batalha
15.20 – 11.20 SESSION IV

Identifying novel factors regulating neural stem cell proliferation and temporal fate
Graça Marques, Homem Lab, CEDOC

Neural circuits controlling protein-specific appetite in Drosophila melanogaster
Ibrahim Tastekin, Ribeiro Lab, CCU

Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) membranes impose a physical constraint on the mitotic spindle
Margarida Araújo, Oliveira Lab, IGC
16.20 – 16.40 COFFEE BREAK
16.40 – 18.30 POSTER SESSION II – Even numbers
Poster and Talk Awards and General Discussion

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


Dr Fernando Casares – Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo [WWW]


Dr Tony D. Southall – Imperial College London [WWW]


Hotel Villa Batalha, Batalha

Organizing commitee

Zita Santos
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Ana Pimenta Marques
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
Pedro Resende
i3S, Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde
Carlos Conde
i3S, Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde
César Mendes
CEDOC, Centro de Doenças Crónicas


ZEISS International, optical and optoelectronic technology




Município da Batalha




Fisher Scientific


The Company of Biologists