Cândida Lucas

Cândida Lucas was born in Porto in 1958. She holds a PhD degree in Biology/Microbiology from the New University of Lisbon/Gulbenkian Institute of Science (1988), following a degree in Biology (University of Lisbon [1982]). Since 2015, she is a full professor in the Department of Biology, University of Minho, Portugal. From 1990 onwards, she contributed to create postgraduation courses and programmes on Molecular Biology/Genetics. She directed the Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology Research (CBMA) (2006–2013) and is presently a codirector of the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) at the University of Minho (http://ib-s.uminho.pt/). Her scientific interests cover diverse aspects of yeast biology, from plasma membrane transporters and osmotolerance to the extracellular matrix and differentiation (h-index 18).

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Yeast-based biotechnology traditionally regards the empirical production of fermented drinks and leavened bread, processes which surprisingly keep posing challenges and fuelling research. But yeasts nowadays also provide amenable cell factories, producing bulk and fine chemicals and molecules, and are increasingly used as tools in processes as diverse as food preservation or bioremediation. Importantly, yeasts are excellent models of cell and molecular biology for higher eukaryotes, including humans, contributing with key discoveries to understand processes and diseases. All taken, yeast-related business is worth billions, critically contributing to the economical welfare of many differently developed countries. This book provides some insights into aspects of yeast science and biotechnology less frequently addressed in the literature but nonetheless decisive to improve knowledge and, accordingly, boost up yeast-based innovation.

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