Marina Brito integrated in 2018 the Department of Business and Strategic Relations. Within her functions she includes implementation and management of European and Interregional Projects; account management of National, Interregional and European projects and, as an element of the grants office, she also supports the grants/projects development, preparation and submission.
Marina Brito has received her Biochemistry degree from FCT at the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal, in 2006. Afterwards, she started her journey as a researcher in the IBMC (i3s, Porto) studying the molecular mechanisms involved in FAP disease (Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy), as an intern. In 2006 she integrated the Biology and Biomedicine PhD. Program (PDBEB) in UC and she decided to develop her PhD research at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), in collaboration with Institute Pasteur and Mauna-Kea Technologies. Her research activities included the study of signalling pathways involved in the reward system, bringing up new insights about the dopamine receptors activations and signalling in different regions of the brain; and the development of a new in vivo imaging technique using optical fibres in the deep rain of living animals. In 2011 she got her PhD degree in Neuroscience from Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6, France. Afterwards, she continued to work on the optimization of the FRET in vivo technique, as a researcher at UPMC until 2012. She returned to Portugal to study Project Management at Porto Business School and got her post-graduation in 2013. In July 2013 she joined INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, as a Junior Staff Researcher involved in the development of nano-based tools for in vivo diagnosis for cardiovascular diseases and in the development of biomimetic systems.