Scientific experience:

April 2011 – May 2016: Researcher, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria

Duties: Research in cell biology (planning, coordination and documentation of experiments); science writing and communication; isolation, cultivation and maintenance of primary cell lines; in vitro cell experimentation evaluated with molecular biology and analytical techniques*; data evaluation; biostatistics; project/budget management.

*Spectroscopy, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoblotting, ELISA, Western Blot, protein/RNA isolation, immunofluorescent-microscopy and cell-live imaging.

Key achievements and Awards:

Feb 2010 – Feb 2011: Research Associate, Yale Cardiovascular Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT-USA

Duties: Research in cardiovascular cell biology; mouse breeding and microsurgery, in vitro cell culture and tissue culture, purification of molecules, protein and RNA isolation and evaluation of cell-based receptor binding assays by molecular biology techniques*; screening and validating in vitro activity of chemicals; data analysis; bio-statistics; writing scientific articles for publication; writing grant applications for the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA); coordination of external collaborator teams.

Key achievements: Three publications in prominent scientific journals, one of them as first co-author:

Feb 2006 – Feb 2009: Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher, Center Cardiovascular Research (CCR), Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany

Duties: Research in cardiovascular biology; writing scientific articles and grant applications; project/budget management; in vivo rat heart surgery, heart-blood-flow measurements with neutron-activated microspheres, in vitro cell culture, ex-vivo tissue culture, rat hematological analysis, in vitro blood-vessel-formation experiments, evaluation of experiments with molecular biology techniques and analytical methods*; rat heart micro-computerized tomography; data analysis and bio-statistics; coordination of external collaborator teams (Germany, USA & Netherlands).

  • Visiting researcher at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LS, USA (06 & 11/2006);
  • Visiting researcher at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown OH, USA (01/2009-12/2009).

Key achievements and Awards: The results of this research led to a clinical trial in patients affected by heart disease. I published two articles in prominent scientific journals, one of them as first author. I wrote a project that was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Travel Grant.      

Jan 2004 – Jan 2006: Research Assistant, Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, Minho University, Braga, Portugal

Duties: Research in Neurobiology of Pain Processing (Ageing and Chronic Pain); data analysis; bio-statistics; writing scientific grant applications; in vivo rat brain surgery; neuronal cellular experiment evaluation by laboratory analytical methods (spectroscopy, electrophoresis, chromatography, immune-blotting, silver staining, microscopy).

  • Visiting Fellow at University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (04-12/2004)

Key achievements and Awards: Learned a new technique of virus tracing in the brain developed in USA and brought the knowledge back to my lab in Portugal. I wrote a project on Aging that was awarded an Innovation grant by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

  • Sep 05: Aging Research Innovation award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,
  • Apr 04: Luso-American Foundation for Development Travel Grant,
  • Jan 04: Research Associate Fellowship from the Technology And Science Foundation (FCT).

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Catarina Carrão