Iris Victorino

Description of previous activities:
Íris Victorino MSc is a Junior Researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University – Biological Science Department.
The scope of her research concerns and focused on the study of some aspects of the plant physiology and biotechnology aspects with particular focus on the biology of AM fungi (AM) and their interactions with legume plants. Her research in recent years has focused on the study of biodiversity ‘the community’ AMF in natural ecosystems.
Currently is involved in metagenomic analysis of AMF community in different environments. The activity of research was carried out as part of national and international research projects (FAO, Millenium Challenge Account, Fundo aberto da UEM-Cooperação italiana, Fundo aberto da UEM-Cooeração italiana).
Also worked extensively in in vitro culture from 2008 to 2011, in laboratory equipment procurement (2011) and as a co-supervisor of biotechnology center in Eduardo Mondlane University (2010-2012). Has taught disciplines within biotechnology and plant physiology areas. While teaching in Eduardo Mondlane University, participate in research projects regarding lethal yellow disease in coconut and forest areas mycorrhizal fungi diversity analysis by means of a metabarcoding approach based on next generation sequencing technologies. In 2013 was auxiliar lecturer in the Master in Biotechnology (2nd cycle) at the Eduardo Mondlane University.
Work as part of the Faculty of Sciences, Biological Sciences Department from Eduardo Mondlane University. Was tutor, co-rapporteur and advisor of several thesis level I. Has served as referee for some international scientific journals. Her scientific activities resulted in publications in journals, presentations at conferences and seminars.

Description of future activities:
During this PhD program the candidate will develop functionally efficient medicinal plant biomolecules production as result of mycorrhization. She will use molecular tools and soil fertility improvement techniques based on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Next generation sequencing technologies approach will be introduced with emphasis to bioinformatics and statistical analysis of fungal diversity in adverse environments. During this period is expected to write manuscripts for publication in international journals, present research results in international events (congresses, workshops, seminars).