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Asunción Lago-Lestón
Master of Science in Marine Biotechnology
PhD in Molecular Biology

Faculdade de Ciencias do Mar e Ambiente (F.C.M.A.)
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Tel : (351) 289 800 928
Fax: (351) 289 818 353


Master of Science in Marine Biotechnology
CICESE. Ensenada, B.C. Mexico. 2001.

Bachelor Degree in Biology.
University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain. 1997

Main Research Interests
I am interested in identification of genes involved in desiccation tolerance in the intertidal brown algal genus Fucus, and compare the gene expression responses of closely related species (F. spiralis, F. vesiculosus, F. serratus), that differ in desiccation tolerance, in order to identify possible genes/pathways responsible for differential stress-tolerance. To address these questions we use different molecular biology techniques such as construction of subtractive and full-length cDNA libraries and differential screening.

PhD project

FCT (POCTI / BSE / 48317 / 2002) – “The molecular basis for differential stress-tolerance in sympatric, ecologically similar algal species” (STRESSREG). Feb2004-Jan 2007. (coordinator: G. Pearson)

Other projects

  • FCT (POCTI/BSE/35045/99.) – “Local adaptation and population genetic structure in intertidal algae” (GENFUCUS) Dec 2001-Nov 2004. (coordinator: E. Serrão)
  • FCT (PDCTM / P / MAR / 5292 / 1999). “The Portuguese coast as a biogeographic boundary: consequences for reproductive success, local adaptation and genetic structure of populations living at their distributional limits (BIOPORT)”.Feb 2001-Jan 2004. (coordinator: E. Serrão)

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