CV - Curriculum Vitae

Short bio

Born in Bragança (Portugal) in 1971 I grew up in Cascais where I still live with my (body&soul) mate + a clutch of the 4 most beautiful embryos ever produced (Dé, Dany, JP & Bá)! Growing up, summers were often spent in the countryside in Bragança in contact with nature...naturally I became a Biologist! Graduated in Biology in 1994 from  the Fac. Sciences Univ. Lisbon, I followed a post-graduation in Dev Biology from Lusofona Univ, studying gastrulation in sea urchins. In 2004 I finished my PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the State University of New York, at Buffalo NY - USA studying cell migration in 3D. As an undergrad I also lectured in high-schools, and during my PhD worked part-time as assistant of Confocal Microscopy Lab of SMBS/SUNY-Buffalo. In 2004 I returned to Portugal to teach Dev Biology at the Instituto Piaget - Almada and started a post-doc at FCUl in 2006. In 2008 I became an auxiliary researcher at the Centre for Environmental Biology (CBA/FCUL), during which I served also as a member of the Executive Committe (2009-2010), and as manager of the FCUL's Microscopy FacilityI have authored articles and book chapters on developmental and cell biology and Bioimaging, created (and still run) FCULs master’s course on Bioimaging, and have participated and organized several national and international advanced courses on microscopy. Currently I am the head of the "Advanced Imaging" facility of the  Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia in Oeiras. Outside science I'm interested in rock music, photography, home-improvement, mechanics and spending time with our brood.

Gabriel José Gonçalves Martins

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
R. Quinta Grande, 6
2780-156 Oeiras
Tel: +351 214464539 

Academic degrees
  • 2004 - PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology; 
    School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, State Univ. New York - Buffalo, USA
  • 1997 - Post-grad Dev. Biology; 
    Univ. Lusófona, PT
  • 1994 - Licenciature in Biology, Faculdade de Ciências, Univ. Lisboa
Professional experience
  • Head of the "UIC:Advanced Imaging Unit" at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência since 2013
  • NEUBIAS cost action management committee member and WG2 leader.
  • co-Coordinator (South region) of the Portuguese Platform for Bioimaging (ESFRI roadmap initiative)
  • Organizer of the "EMBO Course on 3D Developmental Imaging" series 2008-2016 (5 editions)
  • Researcher at CBA/FCUL 2008-2012, now Ce3C (currently collaborator).
  • Responsible for the "Bioimaging" master's level course (36h) of FCUL since 2008
  • Organizer of the "Practical Image Analysis in Biology" CBA advanced course 2012
  • Lecturer in "Biologia Desenvolvimento Animal" undergrad course FCUL 2008-2012
  • Manager of "Unidade de Microscopia" FCUL 2007-2012
  • Member of Executive Committee CBA(FCUL) 2009-2010
  • Lecturer "Genes e Moleculas no Desenvolvimento" master's course, FCUL 2008-2010
    Other qualifications
  • Reviewer for journals of cell biology, anatomy/embryology, microscopy and methods (9) and Scientific Review Panel for CORBEL Open Call
  • Animal Experimentation certification (FELASA catC)
  • Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences course, Woods-Hole, 2002
  • 1st year of Licenciature in "Information Technology and Management" by  Universidade Moderna, 1995
  • Scientific Illustration (120h) by Sociedade Pt. Biologia, 1992
   Experience as scientific advisor:

  • Catarina Bota (CEDOC/IGC - co-adviser) MsS practicum
  • Ana Couto (FCUL, Lab Marítimo da Guia; co-advisor with Rui Rosa). PhD thesis.
  • Ânia Gonçalves (IGC). IEFP practicum
  • Nelson Nhamutole (IGC & Mozambique). MsS practicum.
  • Pedro Almada (FCUL). MsS practicum. 
  • Ana Raquel Jacinto (FCUL). MsC Thesis "The role of N-cadherin in chick somitogenesis" 2011
  • Joana Mateus (FCUL). MsC Thesis "Effect of polyploidy in the development and epigenetics in S. alburnoides" 2011
  • Tomás Azevedo (FCUL). MsC Thesis "Dynamics axis elongation in amniotes vs. anamniotes: Role of notochord" 2009.
  • António Temudo (FCUL). MsC Thesis "Mecânica e Mecanismos de Somitogénese Embriões de Vertebrados" 2008.
  • Rita Amândio (FCUL). MsC Thesis "Morphodynamics of somite epithelialisation in chick embryos" 2008.
    Participation on thesis Jury committees
  • Margarida Parente, 2016 (PhD, ITQB/FCT-UNL)
  • Sergio Cardoso, 2015 (Master's, FCT-UNL)
  • Susana Gomes, 2013 (PhD thesis, FCT-UNL)
  • Cláudia Aragão, 2012 (Licenciature, FCT-UNL)
  • Ricardo Henriques, 2011 (PhD thesis, FMUL)
  • Pedro Lopes, 2011 (Msc thesis, FCUL/IGC)
  • Pedro Silva, 2011 (Msc thesis, FCUL/IGC)
  • Cláudia Mendes, 2010 (Msc  thesis, FCUL/IMM)
  • Joana Lima, 2010 (Msc  thesis, FCUL/IMM)
    Organization of scientific events
Recent grants & awards
    Participation in grant projects (links here)
  • COST action OC-2015-1-19619 BIAS4Life - A new Network of European BioImage Analysts to advance life science imaging (participant)
  • PTDC/AAG-GLO/1926/2014 SHARKFIT: Impactos das alterações climaticas no incio da ontogenia de tubarões temperados e tropicais (participant)
  • POR-Lisboa, LISBOA-01-0162-FEDER-001151 - LxCLEM - Infraestrutura tecnológica para observação e análise correlativa da dinâmica e ultraestrutura celular por microscopias ótica e eletrónica (participant)
  • Trans-Domain COST Action "Fast advanced Scintillator Timing (FAST)" TD1401 (participant)
  • FCT EXPL/BIA-EVF/1211/2013 - Bringing mammal antecessors back to life: evolution and preservation of Permian dicynodonts from Mozambique (participant)
  • ESRF "Tomography applied to the study of the first possible crocodilian fossil eggs and embryos" application for beam time Ref. No 33984 (participant)
  • FCT ROTEIRO/0076/2013. “PPBI - Portuguese Platform for Bioimaging”. 201?-2020 (co-coordinator, responsible for south region of Portugal). Roteiro Nacional de Infraestruturas de Investigação de Interesse Estratégico.
  • FCT-RECI/BEX-BCM/0083/2012 Imaging the structure and dynamics of molecules and complexes in living organisms (participant)
  • FNI/Moçambique "Projecto PalNiassa: Estudo da Diversidade e Evolução dos Vertebrados do Pérmico Superior da Província do Niassa, Moçambique" (participant).
  • PTDC/MAR/115005/2009 "Mapping gene networks in asymmetric head development during flatfish metamorphosis" (CCMar/CIMAR) (consultant)
  • PTDC/BIA-BIC/110277/2009 "The mystery of sex bias in Squalius alburnoides complex. An environmental and genetic approach" CBA/FCUL (participant).
  • PTDC/SAU-OBD/103771/2008 "Changing extracellular matrix networks as regulators of transitions between epithelial and mesenchymal fates during embryogenesis" CBA/FCUL (participant).

Scientific contributions

My first scientific project was to fully 3D reconstruct early sea-urchin embryos and show that GI tract extension involves increase in number of cells, and  not simply rearrangements (1 paper). I then studied cell migration in vitro and we demonstrated that mechanisms of endothelial cell migration in 3D matrices differs significantly from those observed in conventional 2D cultures, and that microtubules play an important role in regulating cell-matrix interactions, crucial for migration in 3D (2 papers). Working in somitogenesis, we produced the first 3D movies of chick somite formation and discovered a plethora of cellular movements and morphogenetic processes spanning well beyond the period of one clock cycle in chick (1 paper), and showed that the ECM plays important roles in instructing and containing cells during somite formation and their transformation into muscle, both in vivo and in vitro (3 papers). Other ongoing works include the study of somitogenesis and the dynamics of axis extension in amniotes vs anamniotes, the effect of poliploidy in early development of a naturally occurring iberian species of polyploid fish (3 posters), the description of developmental stages of non-model species, the anatomical description of fossil samples imaged through synchrotron and microCT imaging (1 paper), and the use of artificial matrices in cell culture for tissue engineering (2 papers). 
More recently I demonstrated how to implement optical tomography with fully open-source tools (OPenT), and participated in the development of the OpenSPIN Microscopy platform, which allows construction of systems like optical tomography and light-sheet (3 publications).
I created and maintain the "Haeckaliens" site (, where optical tomography images of non-model species embryos are shared openly. One of these images received the 1st prize in the Nikon small world video competition in 2013!

Recent publications

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    Peer reviewed publications

    Conference proceedings
  • Gomes S., Rodrigues G., Martins G., Almeida A., Mafra M., Henriques C. & Silva J. 2014.  Fiber mats blending fish gelatin with polycaprolactone or chitosan for dermis regeneration. JOURNAL OF TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 8(SI):459-460.

  • SR Gomes, GM Rodrigues, GG Martins, CM Henriques, JP Borges, JC Silva, 2012. How fibroblasts respond to different biomaterials: comparative adhesion and proliferation studies. JOURNAL OF TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE6 (S1): 95

  • Martins R, Castanhinha R, Araújo R, Luís Costa LC, Martins GG, Beckmann F, Wilde F, Schell N & Fröbisch J. "New technologies, old fossils: evolution and preservation of Permian dicynodonts from Mozambique". 3rd ENURS (Meeting of Synchrotron Radiation Users from Portugal); ESRF-Day; April 8, 2014, CDRSP - Marinha Grande, Portugal,

  • Rifes P., Val-Flores M., Martins G.G. & Thorsteinsdóttir S (2010). Extracellular matrix deposition and function in the early chick embryo. 16th International Conference on the International Society of Differentiation. Differentiation 80 (Suppl 1): S22.
Recent Communications
    Communications in oral format (as speaker)
  • Optical tomography in Developmental Biology - an Open-source approach. Invited Speaker in Bioimaging 2014, International Symposium in applied Bioimaging. October 16-17, Porto. 

  • Open-source mesoscopic imaging for developmental biologists 9-10 December 2013. Microscopy in Research Meeting Monte da Caparica - Portugal.
  • Mesoscopic imaging in developmental biology and “Haeckaliens”. 2nd Meeting SPBD, 24-26 October 2013. Univ. Lisboa. Lisbon - Portugal.

  • Dynamic 3D Cell Rearrangements During Vertebrate Somitogenesis and Role of the Fibronectin Matrix. JMPSDBS, 10-12 September 2010 Badajoz - Spain.

    Communications in poster format
  • Ferreira-Cardoso et al 2014. Can the Floccular Complex Lobe Fossa be a proxy for inducing paleoecology?.
  • Martins GG, Moreno N and Gualda E. Open-source mesoscopic imaging for cell & developmental biology. 2nd REMOA meeting Madrid. 2014-10-13
  • Martins R, Castanhinha R, Araújo R, Luís Costa LC, Martins GG, Beckmann F, Wilde F, Schell N & Fröbisch J. "New technologies, old fossils: evolution and preservation of Permian dicynodonts from Mozambique". 3rd ENURS (Meeting of Synchrotron Radiation Users from Portugal); ESRF-Day; April 8, 2014, CDRSP - Marinha Grande, Portugal,
  • Mendes R, Martins GG & Saude L. N-cadehrin locks Lef-Right asymmetry by ending the lefward movements of Hensen's node cells. 2nd Meeting SPBD, 24-26 October 2013. Univ. Lisboa. Lisbon - Portugal
  • Gomes SR, Rodrigues G, Martins GG, Henriques CMR & Silva JC. Comparative adhesion, proliferation and extracellular matrix secretion in HFFF2 fibroblasts on different of electrospun fibres. 2nd Meeting SPBD, 24-26 October 2013. Univ. Lisboa. Lisbon - Portugal
  • Martins GG. Open source mesoscopic-level optical imaging. EuBIAS Meeting, 7-8 October 2013, Barcelona - Spain
  • Rui Castanhinha , Ricardo Araújo, Luís Costa Júnior, Kenneth Angielczyk , Rui M. S. Martins and Gabriel G. Martins. Insights On Neuroanatomy Evolution Of Early Mammalian Antecessors From A New Permian Dicynodont From Mozambique. European Society for Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Lisbon August 23-26, 2013.
  • Emilio J. Gualda, T. Vale, P. Almada, J.  Feijó, G.G. Martins, N. Moreno. Open Spin Microscopy: a new Micro-Manager plugin for SPIM, DSLM and OPT acquisition. Focus on Microscopy Meeting, Maastricht March 24 - March 27, 2013.
  • Castanhinha R, Araújo R, Júnior LC, Angielczyk K, Martins R & Martins GG. “A new early synapsid (dicynodontia) from the Permian of Mozambique”. Encontro Nacional de Biologia Evolutiva, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência - Oeiras, December 2012.
  • Jacinto R, Amandio R, Temudo A, Martins GG. Vertebrate somitogenesis and the role of cadherins. Euro Evo-Devo Meeting 9-13 July 2012 Lisbon - Portugal.

  • Ângela Inácio, Joana Pinho, Joana F. Mateus, Gabriel Martins, Maria João Collares-Pereira, Maria Manuela Coelho. Looking for genome-wide epigenetic signals in the different genomic environments of the Squalius alburnoides complex. ESF-EMBO Conference on Epigenetics in Context. 18-23 Sept. 2011 Sant Feliu - Spain
  • Joana F. Mateus, Maria Manuela Coelho, Maria João Collares-Pereira, Gabriel Martins, Ângela Inácio. The effect of the ploidy level on two cellular phenotypes: the nucleo - cytoplasmic ratio and heterochromatin patterns. XXXVI Jornadas Portuguesas de Genética. May 2011, Coimbra - Portugal.
  • Deries M., Gonçalves A.B., Martins G.G., Vaz R., Rodrigues G. & Thorsteinsdóttir S. Extracellular matrix remodeling accompanies axial muscle differentiation and morpphogenesis in the mouse. EMBO meeting on “The molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle development and regeneration”, 10-15 May 2011 Wiesbaden - Germany.

  • Deries, M. Gonçalves A., martins, GG, Thorsteinsdottir S. Extracellular matrix transformations during early epaxial muscle development. JMPSSDB. 10-12 September 2010 Badajoz - Spain.
  • Mendes R, Martins GG, Thorsteinsdóttir S & Saúde L. N-cadherin is asymmetrically expressed in the Hensen's node. What for? JMPSSDB. 10-12 September 2010 Badajoz - Spain.
  • Mendes R, Martins GG, Thorsteinsdóttir S & Saúde L. N-cadherin is asymmetrically expressed in the Hensen's node. What for? The EMBO Meeting, 4-7 September 2010 Barcelona - Spain.
  •  Raquel Vaz, Gabriel G. Martins, Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir & Gabriela Rodrigues . Fibronectin regulates myoblast migration and alignment in vitro. Young Researchers in Life Sciences (YRLS) Congress, June 7 – 9, 2010 Paris – France

      Lectures/Seminars/Interviews by invitation
  • Mesoscopic OpenSource imaging. MicroSpectroscopy Workshop, Wageningen - Holand 2014-09-08 
  • Capture & Visualization of 3D Images. "Natural History Collections" course, MNHNC - Lisbon, 2014-06-17 
  • "Haeckaliens" & OPenTOpen source mesosocopic imaging for developmental biologists. Bitplane webinar "When size matters" series 2014-05-11.
  • Interviewed by TV show "Portugal no Coração" 2014-05-22 
  • Interviewed by newspaper "O Publico", with front page coverage, 2014-05-13
  • Mesoscopic Imaging. Huygens workshop - SVI Holand 2014-05-06
  • 3D Imaging. Micro2014 microscopy workshop IBMC - Porto 2014-04-11 
  • Interviewed by TV program "Sociedade Civil" 2014-06-12
  • Mesoscopy & Haeckaliens. BIOFIG Seminar series, FCUL - Lisbon 2014-04-09
  • Optical Tomography. Imaris OpenDay - IGC - Oeiras 2014-04-01 
  • Intro to Microscopy. Seminar in PhD program, ITQB Oeiras 2014-01-23

  • Mesoscopy & OpenSource. II Core Management Workshop, 2013-09-16 U. Algarve.
  • Capture & Visualization of 3D Images, "Natural History Collections" course @ MNHNC, Lisbon 2013-02-05
  • Intro to Microscopy. Seminar in PhD program, ITQB Oeiras 2013-02-04 
  • Mesoscopy; the frontier between bio- and -medical imaging. Univ. Minho 2013-01-18

  • 3D Imaging, Micro2012, Microscopy course. IBMC - Porto 2012-06-22 
  • Cell motility and EMTs in vitro and in vivo. John Innes Centre, Norwich UK. 2012-05-15
  • Interviewed to show "Sentidos"; Vitrimedia and RTP2, 2012-04-30
  • Multidimensional Imaging in microscopy; IGC/PIB program 2012-02-13
  • Light microscopy in cell biology and imaging of EMTs; ITQB - PhD program, 2012-02-06
  • Captação e visualização Imagens 3D; MNHN - Advanced course, 2012-01-25
  • Imaging EMTs in vitro and in vivo. Univ. Minho. 2012-01-13.
  • Cell Motility, the ECM and EMTs; Univ Minho - PhD program, 2012-01-13

  • Multidimensional Imaging; IGC - PhD program, 2011-12-13
  • Light microscopy in cell biology; IGC - PIBS PhD program, 2011-12-06
  • The phylotypic stage; revisions on a classical theme; CBA - Advanced Seminars, 2011-05-18
  • Light microscopy in cell biology/Multidimensional Imaging;  ITQB - PhD program, 2011-02-08

  • Light microscopy in cell biology/Multidimensional Imaging; IGC, PIBS PhD program, 2010-11-16
  • Captação e visualização de imagens 3D em biologia; MNHN - Advanced course, 2010-10-12
  • 3D Developmental Imaging. EMBO Practical Course on 3D Developmental Imaging IGC 2010-10
  • 3D imaging in microscopy; FCUL - Micro-workshops, 2010-09-20
  • Light microscopy and 3D imaging; IGC - ImaGis course, 2010-06-14
  • Light microscopy and 3D imaging; IMM - Harvard Medical School programme, 2010-04-14
  • Cell Motility and the cytoskeleton: FCUL – Masters course, 2010-03-30
  • Light microscopy/Multidimensional Imaging; ITQB - PhD program, 2010-02-23
  • Image capture in Biology; FCUL - Micro-Workshops, 2010-02-11