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,  SUNY Buffalo, USA
  • 1997 - Post-grad Dev. Biology; Univ. Lusófona, PT
  • 1994 - Licenciature in Biology, Faculdade de Ciências, Univ. Lisboa
Professional experience
    Other qualifications
  • Reviewer for journals of cell biology, anatomy/embryology, microscopy and methods (11) 
  • Scientific Review Panel for CORBEL and COST actions
  • 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, 2017-2018
  • Maria Rita Pegado (IGC); PhD practicum, 2018
  • Ana Couto (FCUL, Lab Marítimo da Guia; co-advisor with Rui Rosa). Practicum, 2015
  • Ânia Gonçalves (IGC). IEFP practicum, 2015-2016
  • Ricardo Araújo (IGC); PhD practicum, 2014
  • Nelson Nhamutole (IGC & Mozambique). MsS practicum, 2014-2015
  • Pedro Almada (FCUL). MsS practicum, 2012
  • 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 Jury committees
  • Telmo Pereira, 2017 (PhD, UNL)
  • Ana Russo, 2016 (Masters, FCUL)
  • Margarida Parente, 2016 (PhD, ITQB/FCT-UNL)
  • Sergio Cardoso, 2015 (Masters, FCT-UNL)
  • Susana Gomes, 2013 (PhD thesis, FCT-UNL)
  • Cláudia Aragão, 2012 (Licenciature, FCT-UNL)
  • Ricardo Henriques, 2011 (PhD thesis, FMUL)
  • Pedro Lopes, 2011 (Masters, FCUL/IGC)
  • Pedro Silva, 2011 (Masters, FCUL/IGC)
  • Cláudia Mendes, 2010 (Masters, FCUL/IMM)
  • Joana Lima, 2010 (Masters, FCUL/IMM)
    Organization of scientific events (last 5y)
Recent grants & awards (last 5y)

    Grants as PI/proponent or with coordination roles (links here)
  • FCT ROTEIRO/0076/2013. “PPBI - Portuguese Platform for Bioimaging”. 2017-2020. Roteiro Nacional de Infraestruturas de Investigação de Interesse Estratégico (co-coordinator). 5.15M€
  • COST action 2015 NEUBIAS - A new Network of European BioImage Analysts to advance life science imaging (co-proponent and WG2 leader)  746K€
  • POR-Lisboa, LISBOA-01-0162-FEDER-001151 - LxCLEM - Infraestrutura tecnológica para observação e análise correlativa da dinâmica e ultraestrutura celular por microscopias óptica e eletrónica (co-proponent) 90K€
  • ESRF "Tomography applied to the study of the first possible crocodilian fossil eggs and embryos" application for beam time Ref. No 33984 (PI)
    Participation in grant projects (links here)
  • PTDC/AAG-GLO/1926/2014 SHARKFIT: Impactos das alterações climaticas no incio da ontogenia de tubarões temperados e tropicais (participant) 150K€
  • FCT EXPL/BIA-EVF/1211/2013 - Bringing mammal antecessors back to life: evolution and preservation of Permian dicynodonts from Mozambique (participant) 90K€

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 (last 5y)

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    Peer reviewed publications

Recent Communications
    Seminars & lectures (as invited speaker)
  • SPAOM - Portugal 2019
  • CNC, Univ Coimbra. - Portugal, 2018.
  • FOM 2017, Bordeaux - France, April 2017
  • Plant Imaging workshop, Univ Maryland USA, April 217
  • International Symposium in applied Bioimaging. 2016 October 16-17, Porto
  • Microscopy in Research Meeting Monte da Caparica - Portugal. 2015
  • 2nd Meeting SPBD, 24-26 October 2013. Univ. Lisboa. Lisbon - Portugal
  • MicroSpectroscopy Workshop, Wageningen - Holand 2014-09-08
  • "Natural History Collections" course, MNHNC - Lisbon, 2014-06-17 
  • Bitplane webinar "When size matters" series 2014-05-11.
  • Interviewed by newspaper "O Publico", with front page coverage, 2014-05-13
  • Huygens workshop - SVI Holand 2014-05-06
  • Micro2014 microscopy workshop IBMC - Porto 2014-04-11 
  • Interviewed by TV program "Sociedade Civil" 2014-06-12
  • BIOFIG Seminar series, FCUL - Lisbon 2014-04-09
  • Imaris OpenDay - IGC - Oeiras 2014-04-01 
  • PhD program, ITQB Oeiras 2014-01-23
    Communications in poster format in last 5y: 17