Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, Academics


CBA research group(s):
Developmental and
Evolutionary Morphogenesis


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Team webpage

Gabriela Rodrigues

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are Developmental Biology and Cell Biology, in particular, the use of in vitro model systems to study the cellular basis of the processes involved in the formation and differentiation of the somites in chicken embryos and myogenesis in the mouse embryo; Stem Cell Biology and the regulation of cell fate decisions during development.


Academic Qualifications

- 2003 PhD in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- 1988 Licenciatura in Biology (5 year degree), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon


Recent Publications

Maia F.R., Fonseca K.B., Rodrigues G., Granja P.L. & Barrias C.C. 2014. Matrix-driven formation of mesenchymal stem cell–extracellular matrix microtissues on soft alginate hydrogels. Acta Biomaterialia 10:3197–3208.

Gomes S., Rodrigues G., Martins G., Almeida A., Mafra M., Henriques C. & Silva J. 2014. Fiber mats blending fish gelatin with plycaprolactone or chitosan for dermis regeneration. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 8(SI, Suppl.1):459-460.

Gomes S.R., Rodrigues G., Martins G.G., Henriques M.C. & Silva J.C. 2013. In vitro evaluation of crosslinked electrospun fish gelatin scaffolds. Materials Science and Engineering C 33(3):1219–1227.

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.

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.

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.

Thorsteinsdóttir S., Rodrigues G. & Crespo E.G. 2009. Teaching and research on Developmental Biology in Portugal. International Journal of Developmental Biology 53:1235-1243.

Rifes P., Carvalho L., Lopes C., Andrade R., Rodrigues G., Palmeirim I. & Thorsteinsdóttir S. 2007. Redefining the role of ectoderm in somitogenesis: a player in the formation of the fibronectin matrix of presomitic mesoderm. Development 134:3155-3165.


Ongoing Projects

  • 2012/14 The laminin matrices of early skeletal muscle development: a changing tissue microenvironment regulating myogenic differentiation and morphogenesis (PTDC/SAU-BID/120130/2010). Participant.


Other Information

Member of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology
Member of the organizing committee of the "Development in Action" Meetings (under the auspices of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology
Member of the “Comissão OREBEA  (Organismo Regulador de Ética e Bem-Estar Animal) da FCUL”