Pedro Fernandes

Research Scientist



Research Scientist (Ciência 2007), IST, 2008-2013
Postdoctoral fellow, BERG, IST, 2005-February 2008
Invited Research Scientist, BERG, IST, 2000-2005
Assistant Professor, Universidade Lusófona

de Humanidades e Tecnologias, 2000- 2007
Scientific Advisor, Biotrend, 2005-present
Co-founder of Biotrend, 2000
Ph.D. in Biotechnology, IST, UTL, 1999
MSc (Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering), IST, UTL, 1994
Graduation in Chemical Engineering, IST, UTL, 1989


Research Activities


Development of a rational strategy to implement a framework based in the use of microtiter plates and minibioreactors to speed up the screening, characterization and optimization of biotransformation/fermentation systems. Identification of key parameters that allow for reproducibility in scaling up/scaling down bioconversion and fermentative systems.
Development of process techniques aiming at improving the productivity of bioconversion processes.
Methodologies and rationale for the design of immobilized biocatalysts.
More commonly used model systems: Whole cell modification of sterol/steroid molecules. Enzymatic modification of carbohydrates for the food industry.

Selected Publications

Nunes, M.A.P., Fernandes, P.C.B., Ribeiro, M.H.L. (2013) Microtiter plates versus stirred mini-bioreactors in biocatalysis: A scalable approach. Bioresource Technol., 136, 30-40.

Jovanovic-Malinovska, R., Fernandes, P., Winkelhausen, E., Fonseca, L. (2012) Galacto-oligosaccharides Synthesis from Lactose and Whey by β-Galactosidase Immobilized in PVA. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol., 168,1197-1211.

Santa, G.L.M., Bernardino, S.M.S.A., Magalhães, S., Mendes, V., Marques, M.P.C., Fonseca, L.P., Fernandes, P. (2011) From Inulin to Fructose Syrups Using Sol–Gel Immobilized Inulinase. Appl Biochem Biotechnol., 165, 1-12.

Marques, M.P.C., Fernandes, P., Cabral, J.M.S., Žnidaršič-Plazl, P., Plazl, I. (2010) On the feasibility of in situ steroid biotransformation and product recovery in microchannels. Chem. Eng. J., 160 708-714.

Fernandes, P., Marques, M.P.C., Carvalho, F., Cabral, J.M.S. (2009) A simple method for biocatalyst immobilization using PVA-based hydrogel particles. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. 84, 561–564.
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