João Marques

“As an enthusiast of genome regulatory mechanisms, a program focused on R-loops,such as the 4R was pivotal for advancing my understanding of genome stability and gene expression regulation.”

small RNA-guided gene regulatory pathways, utilizing Argonaute proteins, are a conserved mechanism for controlling gene expression and genome stability. In organisms such as C. elegans, the Argonaute protein HRDE-1 triggers H3K9 trimethylation at specific loci, utilizing inherited small RNAs to induce gene silencing. This project aims to elucidate the molecular role of the R-loop resolving protein AQR (EMB-4 in C.elegans) in nuclear RNAi, exploring its involvement in the intricate interplay between small RNA pathways and chromatin modifications.

I do road cycling.

2021 – 2023: Functional biology and functional biotechnology of plants, University of Porto.

2016 – 2020: Nutrition Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University.


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