Cláudio Manuel Soares
With a great diversity of research themes and methodologies, 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 quality of the Institute is reflected in the number of scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and in the researcher’s success in securing competitive national and international funds. The cooperative and international nature of the ITQB’s scientific activity is also evident in the collaborations established with other research institutions and companies worldwide.
ITQB maintains a strong partnership with two other institutes located in Oeiras: Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET), a non-profit private institution in the research-industry interface; and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, dedicated to biology and biomedicine. In 2001, the ITQB-IGC-IBET partnership received the status of "Laboratório Associado" (Associated Laboratory) by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. The Oeiras Associated Laboratory is an excellent scientific cluster in the Life Sciences, Health and Biotechnology.
The quality and diversity of research and researchers make ITQB an exceptional centre for scientific training. The strong laboratorial component of the advanced training at ITQB is complemented with a PhD programme that aims to provide a broad perspective of life sciences, while keeping the in-depth specialized research component that is essential for a PhD degree. The ITQB PhD programme includes, as curricular units, Chemistry and Structural Biology, Cell and Microbial Biology, Biotechnology, Bioentrepreneurship, and Science Culture and Society.