Joana Cunha

PhD Student


  • 2013: Master Program in Bioengineering, Universidade do Minho
  • Since 2017: Genetic improvement of industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae: consolidated bioprocessing and value-added products for an advanced lignocellulosic biorefinery
  • 2016 - 2016: Phenotypic analysis of industrial and laboratory yeast at different temperatures
  • 2014 - 2016: Genetic characterization of sheep breeds involved in the production of Serra cheese
  • 2012 - 2013: Engineering yeast tolerance to inhibitory lignocellulosic biomass

Recent Publications

Xylose fermentation efficiency of industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast with separate or combined xylose reductase/xylitol dehydrogenase and xylose isomerase pathways
  • Biotechnology for Biofuels, 12(20), 2019
Molecular and physiological basis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae tolerance to adverse lignocellulose-based process conditions
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103(1), 159-175, 2019
Xylitol production from lignocellulosic whole slurry corn cob by engineered industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae PE-2
  • Bioresource Technology, 267, 481-491, 2018
HAA1 and PRS3 overexpression boosts yeast tolerance towards acetic acid improving xylose or glucose consumption: unravelling the underlying mechanisms
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 102(10), 4589-4600, 2018
Recombinant family 3 carbohydrate-binding module as a new additive for enhanced enzymatic saccharification of whole slurry from autohydrolyzed eucalyptus globulus wood
  • Cellulose, 25(4), 2505-2513, 2018
Integrated approach for selecting efficient Saccharomyces cerevisiae for industrial lignocellulosic fermentations: importance of yeast chassis linked to process conditions
  • Bioresource Technology, 227, 24-34, 2017
RAPD and SCAR markers as potential tools for detection of milk origin in dairy products: Adulterant sheep breeds in Serra da Estrela cheese production
  • Food Chemistry, 211, 631-636, 2016
Contribution of PRS3, RPB4 and ZWF1 to the resistance of industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae CCUG53310 and PE-2 strains to lignocellulosic hydrolysate-derived inhibitors
  • Bioresource Technology, 191, 7-16, 2015
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