Christian G. Ramos
University of Lisbon
Christian G Ramos graduated from U. Lusofona in 2002 in Biotechnological Engineering. From 2000 and 2001 worked as a Microbiologist at the Microbiology lab in Panrico. He earned a research fellowship in 2002 to work at the Antibiotic Resistance Unit, NIH Dr. Ricardo Jorge, dealing with molecular determinants of bacterial antimicrobial resistance. In the period from 2003-2005, CGR worked for several private companies as a consultor for isolation units to immunocompromised patients. CGR concluded his MSc in Biotechnology (Instituto Superior Técnico, 2007), working on the identification and functional characterization of the molecular virulence determinants in Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria. He earned is PhD in 2011, also at IST, studying the roles of RNA chaperones on Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria virulence. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, dealing with the functional and molecular characterization of small non-coding RNAs in Burkholderia cepacia virulence. Since 2013 CGR has also teached Microbiology and Genetic Engineering (as an invited Assistant Professor in the Dept. Bioengineering, IST) in the Biological and Biomedical integrated MSc courses. In 2015, CGR moved to the RNA Biology and Bioinformatics group from the Gene Expression and Regulation unit of BioISI - Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, tackling a project related to the roles of microRNAs from T-cells in response to HIV infection. During the 2nd semester 2014/2015, CGR teached (as an invited lecturer) Molecular Biology for the Health Sciences Degree (FCUL). From the beginning of the 1st semester 2015/2016, CGR has been appointed Invited Assistant Professor of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept of FCUL.
Small noncoding RNAs (sncRNAs) are important regulators of gene expression processes that have been gaining increased relevance both due to their implications in host-pathogen interactions and to their pervasive roles in the regulation of key cellular processes either in prokaryotes or eukaryotes. Several projects focused on sncRNAs and their role in Host-pathogen interactions are ongoing.