Inês studies how bacteria acquire iron, focusing on the use of siderophores in oxic-anoxic transition environments. These molecules are necessary components for biofilm development and for establishing mutually beneficial microbial communities. As a Visiting Student Researcher at Dr. Dianne K. Newman’s laboratory in Caltech, Inês will learn methods for quantitative visualization of gene expression in response to different oxygen and iron stimuli within bacterial biofilms. This work has the potential to bring out scientific innovations for the treatment of recalcitrant bacterial infections.

Nova University of Lisbon (ITQB)– California Institute of Technology

Grant duration: 4 months