Andreia Figueiredo (0000-0001-8156-7700) is an assistant professor at the Science Faculty of Lisbon University and the head of the Grapevine Pathogen Systems Lab. Since her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2007) she dedicated her research to the study of plant-pathogen interactions focusing on grapevine, through a systems biology approach by employing multi OMIC technologies, functional genomics, and biotechnology-based approaches. She is author of 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, supervised 10 Ph.D. students, 20 MSc. students and 3 post-doc trainings. She coordinated several projects, both national and international.
Her research group, the GPS Lab main aim is to unveil disease regulatory networks in grapevine but also to understand plant-pathogen and plant-microorganisms communication, aiming at improving crop resistance and achieving sustainable production through biotechnology-based approaches. GPS Lab research lines are: 1) identification characterization and engineering plant proteases to improve crop protection; 2) evaluation of lipid enrolment on grapevine-pathogen interactions and its potential as immunity elicitor; 3) identification of susceptibility/tolerance associated biomarkers; 4) characterization of host-pathogen communication on cell compartments by proteomics and metabolomics; 5) identification the impact of epigenetic modulation on plant-pathogen cross-talk; 6) understanding the impact of tailoring soil and plant microbiome to improve grapevine resilience to biotic and abiotic factors.