Lígia Rodrigues

Assistant Professor



Career

  • Since  2012: Assistant Professor, Universidade do Minho

Qualifications

  • 2005: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Universidade do Minho
  • 2001: Master Program on Biotechnology - Bioprocess Engineering, Universidade do Minho

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Since  2016: Vice-Head of Department, Department of Biological Engineering
  • Since  2011: Member of the Editorial Board of "Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials"

Laboratory Management


Teaching Interests



Courses

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics ( Master Program in Bioinformatics - Biological Sciences )
  • Food Science and Engineering ( Integrated Master in Biological Engineering )
  • Food Biotechnology ( Integrated Master in Biological Engineering )
  • Projet of Biological Engineering ( Integrated Master in Biological Engineering )
  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering ( Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering )

Research Interests

    Lígia R. Rodrigues is an Assistant Professor at University of Minho (UM, Portugal). She received her degree in Biological Engineering in 1997, her M.Sc. in Bioprocess Engineering in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2005 from the University of Minho. In 2006/2007 she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the three different universities (UM; IPATIMUP - University of Porto; University of Lund). Parts of her graduate, PhD and post-doctoral research were conducted in international labs and included the production and use of bioactive molecules for biomedical applications including anti-biofilm strategies, breast cancer diagnosis and prevention. In 2007, she joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Engineering (DEB) at UM as an invited assistant professor under the MIT-Portugal Program (until 2011). In 2008, she was a short-term visiting scholar at MIT, where she attended several Sloan-MIT MBA courses on Innovation, being also involved in the establishment of research collaborations between DEB and MIT research groups, and in the transference of good practices in Education and Innovation and Technology Licensing from MIT to Portuguese institutions. Since 2010, she integrated the Bioprocess Engineering and Computational Biosystems Group where she established her research group within the field of synthetic biology. Her current research interests are synthetic biology, cancer diagnosis and prevention, bioprocess development and functional food.

    Besides, Lígia has been involved in the launching of several spin-off companies in the Life Sciences field. She is one of the promoters and member of the administration of the spinoff company BIOTEMPO, Ltd., founded in 2002. BIOTEMPO is focused on the development and optimization of industrial biotech processes and the production of functional food ingredients. She was the CEO of BIOTEMPO from 2005 to 2007. As a representative of BIOTEMPO, Lígia was member of the executive board of PBIO – Portuguese Bioindustries Association. Moreover, she was a promoter and member of the administration of INCEPTION - Life Sciences Research and Development, Ltd., dedicated to the development of novel tools for cancer diagnosis (2013-2015).


Projects


Research Students


Recent Publications

1
Production of fructo-oligosaccharides by Aspergillus ibericus and their chemical characterization
  • LWT - Food Science and Technology, 89, 58-64, 2018
2
Vineyard pruning waste as an alternative carbon source to produce novel biosurfactants by Lactobacillus paracasei
  • Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 55, 40-49, 2017
3
The yeast-like fungus Aureobasidium thailandense LB01 produces a new biosurfactant using olive oil mill wastewater as an inducer
  • Microbiological Research, 204, 40-47, 2017
4
Physicochemical study of biomolecular interactions between lysosomotropic surfactants and bovine serum albumin
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 159, 750-758, 2017
5
Sodium chloride effect on the aggregation behaviour of rhamnolipids and their antifungal activity
  • Scientific Reports, 7(12907), 2017
6
Electrochemical aptasensor for human osteopontin detection using a DNA aptamer selected by SELEX
  • Analytica Chimica Acta, 987, 25-37, 2017
7
β-galactosidase from Aspergillus lacticoffeatus: A promising biocatalyst for the synthesis of novel prebiotics
  • International Journal of Food Microbiology, 257, 67-74, 2017
8
Hydroxycinnamic acids and curcumin production in engineered Escherichia coli using heat shock promoters
  • Biochemical Engineering Journal, 125, 41-49, 2017
9
Novel cosmetic formulations containing a biosurfactant from Lactobacillus paracasei
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 155, 522-529, 2017
10
New glycolipid biosurfactants produced by the yeast strain Wickerhamomyces anomalus CCMA 0358
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 154, 373-382, 2017
11
Influence of nutritional and operational parameters on the production of butanol or 1,3-propanediol from glycerol by a mutant Clostridium pasteurianum
  • New Biotechnology, 34, 59-67, 2017
12
Potential applications of the Escherichia coli heat shock response in synthetic biology
  • Trends in Biotechnology, (In Press), 2017
13
Optimization of fermentation conditions for the production of curcumin by engineered Escherichia coli
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 14(133), 1-8, 2017
14
Biosurfactants in cosmetic formulations: trends and challenges
  • Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 37(7), 911-923, 2017
15
New ß-galactosidase producers with potential for prebiotic synthesis
  • Bioresource Technology, (In Press), 2017
16
Screening and characterization of novel specific peptides targeting MDA-MB-231 claudin-low breast carcinoma by computer-aided phage display methodologies
  • BMC Cancer, 18(881), 1-14, 2016
17
Structure and mode of action of cyclic lipopeptide pseudofactin II with divalent metal ions
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 146, 498-506, 2016
18
Voltammetric aptasensors for protein disease biomarkers detection: A review
  • Biotechnology Advances, 34(5), 941-953, 2016
19
Biocatalytic approaches using lactulose: end product compared with substrate
  • Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 15(5), 878-896, 2016
20
Selection of novel peptides homing the 4T1 cell line: exploring alternative targets for triple negative breast cancer
  • PLoS One, 11(8), e0161290, 2016
Full List