Cláudio Manuel Soares
The Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica of Universidade Nova de Lisboa is an advanced research and training unit in the fields of Chemistry and Biology, where fundamental research is combined with applied research. More than 370 researchers work at 64 laboratories, 147 of them with PhD and 160 graduate students.
With a great diversity of research themes and methods, ITQB provides a broad scope on scientific issues and stimulates the cooperation between research groups. ITQB researchers have excellent facilities, equipments and research support services at their disposal, contributing to a motivating working environment.
The scientific research quality of the Institute is reflected in the amount of articles published in international magazines and the success of its researchers in the competitive field of science financing, at national and international level. The cooperative and international nature of the current scientific activity is also shown in the collaborations ITQB researchers establish with research institutions or companies from other countries.
ITQB maintains a strong partnership with two other institutes located in Oeiras: Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET), a non-profit private institution that works in the gap between research and industry; Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, with a strong presence in the biology and biomedicine research area. The partnership ITQB-IGC-IBET was approved in 2001 with the issuing of the "Laboratório Associado" (Associated Laboratory) status by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. The Oeiras Associated Laboratory is an excellent scientific cluster in the Health Sciences, Health and Biotechnology fields.
The quality and diversity of research and researchers, along with the capacities of the institute at all levels, make ITQB an exceptional centre for scientific training. The strong laboratorial component of advanced training at ITQB is complemented by its PhD programme, which aims at teaching students different ways of approaching scientific problems in an interdisciplinary environment. The ITQB PhD programme, for the first year students, includes the following subjects: Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Microbial Physiology and Pathogenesis, Cell Biology and Growth Biology and Biotechnology.
In addition to the PhD (degrees in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and Engineering), the training activities of ITQB include short-term traineeships (1st and 2nd cycle), research projects for young graduates, post-graduate courses and a Master in Medical Microbiology. In association with IGC, ITQB participates in the PhD programme in Computational Biology. A new Master in Functional Biology is also planned to start in the near future.