Faculty of Science and Technology
University of the Azores
Rua da Mãe de Deus
9500-321 Ponta Delgada
São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
Education: Degree in Biology, PhD in Biotechnology.
1) Innovation and improvement in biological control of agricultural pests: (i) improvement of nematodes used in biological control by a genomic approach; ii) identification of new insecticidal and immuno-modulating molecules by a functional proteomics approach; and (ii) nano-formulation of new bio-pesticides.
2) Biotechnological valorization of genetic resources: i) research of new extremophilic enzymes with industrial application; ii) research on new natural molecules with insecticidal and immuno-modulating activity (algae, marine bacteria, bacteria from hydrothermal sources in the Azores); and (ii) use of bacterial consortia for the deconstruction of available biomass and bio-products from the industry (serum, feathers, green waste, algae).
Frias J, Toubarro D, Fraga A, Botelho C, Teixeira J, Pedrosa J, Simões N. 2021. Purification and characterization of a thrombolytic enzyme produced by a new strain of Bacillus subtilis. J Microbiol Biotechnol 31(2):327-337. doi: 10.4014/jmb.2008.08010.
Eliáš S, Hurychová J, Toubarro D, Frias J, Kunc M, Dobeš P, Simões N, Hyršl P. 2020. Bioactive Excreted/Secreted Products of Entomopathogenic Nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora Inhibit the Phenoloxidase Activity during the Infection. Insects. Jun 5;11(6):353. doi: 10.3390/insects11060353.
Toubarro D, Gouveia A, Ribeiro RM, Simões N, da Costa G, Cordeiro C, Santos R (2016) Cloning, Characterization, and Expression Levels of the Nectin Gene from the Tube Feet of the Sea Urchin Paracentrotus Lividus. Mar Biotechnol 18(3): 372-83. doi: 10.1007/s10126-016-9698-4.