Ana Margarida Fortes

Assistant Professor, Group leader, Principal investigator

Ana Margarida Fortes is an Assistant Professor in FCUL and leader of Fruit Functional Genomics & Biotechnology group (PFG, BIOISI). She received her PhD on Plant Biotechnology in 2003. She has published 50 articles and five book chapters. H-index 23 ( Google Scholar) and h-index 21 (Scopus). Her research interests have been focused on fruit ripening and defense. She has been studying tomato and grape ripening and grapevine defense responses when challenged with devastating fungal pathogens. The major goals of her research are the establishment of putative models of fruit ripening and fruit- pathogen interaction based on omics data to be further validated by functional analysis in particular gene editing. She got financial support as PI from 3 international (ERA-NET, H2020-MSCA-RISE, H2020PRIMA) and 3 national (FCT) projects on grapevine. Two international and one national are still undergoing and/or have been recently approved together with two COST Actions including the COST CA17111 – Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine. She is currently the STSM coordinator of this COST Action. She made part of the Scientific Committee (SC) of several meetings, including the 10th Intl Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology (2016) and currently 11th Intl Symposium on the same topic. She was/ is the Co-PI and/or participant of several other national projects on grapevine. She has been reviewing manuscripts for major plant journals (Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, JXB) and science foundations (e.g. American NSF, German DGF, French ANR, and COST as expert/ rapporteur). She is since 2017 the Supervising editor of Plant Direct (Wiley, American Society of Plant Biologists and The Society for Experimental Biology). She has performed / is performing editorial activities for other four Plant Journals. In 2016, her group received the first Innovation Prize from CNOIV with the work “Transcriptome and metabolome reprogrammig in Vitis vinifera cv. Trincadeira berries upon infection with Botrytis cinerea” published in Journal of Experimental Botany