Pilar Portela is a PhD student in Biotechnology at NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA. Her PhD research work focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which Geobacter bacteria transfer electrons to the exterior of the cell and produce electricity. As a visiting student researcher at Yale University, Pilar’s work will focus on the in vivo manipulation of Geobacter cultures to unveil the mechanisms by which electrons are transferred to the cell’s exterior through conductive protein filaments.

Nova University of Lisbon – Yale University

Grant duration: 5 months