Isabel Duarte (MSc) - Researcher

Faculty of Sciences and Technology (building 8, room 3.14)

University of Algarve, Faro - Portugal

Phone: + 351 289 800 100 (extension 7177)

Academic Degrees

  1.    2006: Masters in Oncology, Porto University - Porto, Portugal

  2.    2003: BSc in Applied Biology, Minho University - Braga, Portugal


StemChecker: a web-based tool to discover and explore stemness signatures in gene sets”.

Pinto JP, Kalathur RK, Oliveira DV, Barata T, Machado RS, Machado S, Pacheco-Leyva I, Duarte Isabel, Futschik ME. Nucleic Acids Research (NAR). 2015.

BOLA1 is an aerobic protein that prevents mitochondrial morphology changes induced by glutathione depletion”.

Willems Peter, Wanschers Bas, Esseling John, Szklarczyk Radek, Kudla Urszula, Duarte Isabel, Forkink Marleen, Nooteboom Marco, Swarts Herman, Gloerich Jolein, Nijtmans Leo, Koopman Werner and Huynen Martijn. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling. 2013.

Loss, replacement and gain of proteins at the origin of the mitochondria”.

Huynen Martijn A, Duarte Isabel and Szklarczyk Radek.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics. 2013.

A three-dimensional topology of complex I inferred from evolutionary correlation“.

Kensche Philip R, Duarte Isabel and Huynen Martijn A.

BMC Structural Biology. 2012. 12:19.

Evolution and diversification of the organellar release factor family”.

Duarte Isabel, Naaburs Sander B, Magno R and Huynen M.

Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2012. 29(11):3497-512.

Structure based hypothesis of a mitochondrial ribosome rescue mechanism”.

Huynen M, Duarte Isabel, Chrzanowska-Lightowlers ZM and Naaburs Sander B.

Biologyl Direct. 2012. 7:14.

The organellar genome and metabolic potential of the hydrogen- producing mitochondrion of Nyctotherus ovalis”.

de Graaf RM, Ricard G, van Alen TA, Duarte Isabel, Dutilh BE, Burgtorf C, Kuiper JW, van der Staay GW, Tielens AG, Huynen MA, Hackstein JH.

Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2011. 28:2379-91.

The hydrogenosomes of Psalteriomonas lanterna”.

Duarte Isabel, de Graaf RM, van Alen TA, Kuiper JW, Schotanus K, Rosenberg J, Huynen MA, Hackstein JH.

BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2009. 9;9:287.

Macronuclear genome structure of the ciliate Nyctotherus ovalis: single-gene chromosomes and tiny introns”.

Ricard G, de Graaf RM, Dutilh BE, Duarte Isabel, van Alen TA, van Hoek AH, Boxma B, van der Staay GW, Moon-van der Staay SY, Chang WJ, Landweber LF, Hackstein JH, Huynen MA.

BMC Genomics. 2008. 9:587.

Linking TP53 codon 72 and P21 nt590 genotypes to the development of cervical and ovarian cancer”.

Santos AM, Sousa H, Pinto D, Portela C, Pereira D, Catarino R, Duarte Isabel, Lopes C, Medeiros R.

European Journal of Cancer. 2006. 42:958-63.

G-308A TNF-alpha Polymorphism is Associated with an Increased Risk of Invasive Cervical Cancer”.

Duarte Isabel, Santos AM, Sousa H, Catarino R, Pinto D, Matos A, Pereira D, Moutinho J, Canedo P, Machado JC, Medeiros R.

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 2005. 334:588-92.

Collaboratorium is a volunteering project that I started in Portugal. It helps the community get together to collaborate on common interests, and targets kids in school age to prevent them from dropping out, by helping them with their study while developing activities designed to engage them with science and technology.

Some of my science columns for the portuguese newspaper: Diário do Minho.

(portuguese only)


These are some of my hobbies...


  1.     2014-2015: Research Student in the Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

  2.     2012-2013: Researcher at the Cell Biology Department, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  3.     2007-2012: PhD Student at the Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  4.     2005-2006: Exchange Master’s Student at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America

  5.     2003-2005: Lab researcher at the Molecular Pathology Lab, Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Porto, Portugal

Last Update: 14/July/2015