Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


Auxiliary Researcher


CBA research group(s):

Development & Evol. Morphogenesis (main)

Evolutionary Genetics

Personal webpage


Team webpage

Gabriel G. Martins

Main Research Interests

Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions during embryonic morphogenesis; gastrulation and somitogenesis (sea-urchin, zebrafish, chick and mouse models). Evolution of morphogenetic mechanisms. Advanced imaging microscopy techniques and visualization/image analysis. Phenomics and morphomes. More details here.

Academic Qualifications

- 2004 - PhD (School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SUNY-Buffalo, NY-USA)

- 1997 - Post-graduation in Developmental Biology (Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon)

- 1994 - Licenciate degree in Biology (Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade de Lisboa)

(see here for full CV)

Recent Publications
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Martins G.G. & Kolega J. (2012). A role for microtubules in endothelial cell protrusion in 3D matrices. Biology of the Cell. DOI: 10.1111/boc.201100088.

Gomes SR, Rodrigues G,Martins GG, Henriques MC, Silva JC (2012). In vitro evaluation of crosslinked electrospun fish gelatin scaffolds. Materials Science and Engineering C. In press.

Vaz R., Martins G.G., Thorsteinsdóttir S. & Rodrigues G. (2012). Fibronectin promotes migration, alignment and fusion in an in vitro myoblast cell model. Cell and Tissue Research 348:569-578.

Deries M., Gonçalves A.B., Vaz R., Martins G.G., Rodrigues G. & Thorsteinsdóttir S. (2012). Extracellular matrix remodelling accompanies axial muscle development and morphogenesis in the mouse. Developmental Dynamics 241:350–364.

Martins G.G., Rifes P., Amândio R., Rodrigues G., Palmeirim I. & Thorsteinsdóttir S. (2009). Dynamic 3D cell rearrangements guided by a fibronectin matrix underlie somitogenesis. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7429.

Vitor R., Correia I., Videira M., Marques F., Paulo A., Pessoa J.C., Violac G., Martins G.G. & Santos I. (2008). Pyrazolyl-diamine ligands bearing anthracenyl moieties and their rhenium(I) tricarbonyl complexes: synthesis, characterization and DNA-binding properties. Chembiochem 9:131-142.

Martins G.G., Rifes P., Amândio R., Campinho P., Palmeirim I., & Thorsteinsdóttir S. (2007). 3D visualization and analysis of cell-matrix transformations in whole-mount and live embryos using confocal and multi-photon microscopy. Pp426-433. In “Modern Research and Educational Topics in Microscopy #3 Vol I ” A. Méndez-Vilas (Ed.) Formatex - Spain. ISBN-13: 978-84-611-9419-3.

Bajanca F., Luz M., Raymond K., Martins G.G., Sonnenberg A., Tajbakhsh S., Buckingham M. & Thorsteinsdottir S. (2006). Integrin alpha6beta1-laminin interactions regulate early myotome formation in the mouse embryo. Development 133:1635-44.

Martins G.G. & Kolega J. (2006). Endothelial cell protrusion and migration in three-dimensional collagen matrices. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton 63:101-15.

(complete list of pubs and communications from online CV)

Participation in Projects (Ongoing)

  • PTDC/SAU-OBD/103771/2008 "Changing extracellular matrix networks as regulators of transitions between epithelial and mesenchymal fates during embryogenesis" (participant).

  • PTDC/BIA-BIC/110277/2009 "The mystery of sex bias in Squalius alburnoides complex. An environmental and genetic approach" (participant).

Other Information

Organizer of the EMBO Practical Course on 3D Developmental Imaging series (now 3rd edition)

Organizer of the "PIB: Practical Image Analysis in Biology" CBA advanced course series

Responsible for the "Bioimaging" course of FCUL/DBA since 2007-08

Member of the Executive Committee of CBA from 2009-2010

Co-director of the "Microscopy and Unit" at FCUL since 2008

Organizer of the "Embryo club" meetings of the SPBD from 2006-2010.