Ana Urbano

Ana Urbano
University of Coimbra, PT 

Ana M. Urbano, D. Phil, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Senior Scientist at the Molecular Physical Chemistry Research Unit of the same university. She graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra (1989), where she later gained her MSc in Cell Biology (1993). She then received her D. Phil from the University Cambridge, UK (1999), where she conducted research on mammalian cell bioenergetics. Her research combines her interests in bioenergetics, oncobiology and inorganic biochemistry, focusing on the molecular mechanisms underlying the toxicity of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], an occupational lung carcinogen.  Her strong interest in oncometabolism led her to organise, in 2017, the First FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Oncometabolism, and she is presently co-organizing its second edition. In terms of research, her laboratory has been investigating the impact of hexavalent chromium exposure on the energy metabolism of human lung cells and, more recently, on their resistance to stress.  

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