Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1997
    BSc, MSc, Plant Sciences/Agricultural Engineering, University Trás-os-Montes (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal

  • 1995
    Trainee/IAESTE, Genetic Department, Biotech. Company Chr. Hansen A/S, Horsholm, Denmark

  • 1996 – 1997
    Teaching assistant, Plant ecotoxicology, UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal

  • 1997 – 1998
    Junior researcher, Laboratory of Biotechnology, Agronomic Sciences Institute, UP, Portugal

  • 1998 – 2002
    PhD, Department of Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Plants, VU, Netherlands

  • 2002 – 2005
    Postdoc researcher, EU/Phytac project, Department of Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Plants, Free University of Amsterdam (VU), Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2009
    Postdoc researcher and project coordinator/VENI grant, Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University (WUR), Netherlands

  • 2009 – 2011
    Researcher, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, UCPH, Denmark

  • 2012 – 2015
    Researcher, CIBIO, University of Porto (UP), Portugal

  • Since 2015
    Associate professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

Selected publications

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Persson, D.P., Husted S., Schjørring J.K., Alexander R.D., Aarts M.G.M. (2013) Model of how plants sense zinc deficiency. Metallomics 5, 1110 – 1116.

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Herrero, E., Lin, Y-F., Huettel, B., Talukdar, S., Smaczniak, C., Immink, R., van Eldik, M., Fiers, M., Schat, H., Aarts, M.G.M. (2010) The Arabidopsis thaliana transcription factors bZIP19 and bZIP23 regulate the adaptation to zinc deficiency. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107, 10296 – 10301.

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Pieper, B., Vromans, J., Lindhout, P., Aarts, M.G.M. and Schat, H. (2006) Construction of a genetic linkage map of Thlaspi caerulescens and quantitative trait loci analysis of zinc accumulation. New Phytologist 170, 21 – 32.

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Ten Bookum, W.M., Nelissen, H.J.M., Vooijs, R., Schat, H. and Ernst, W.H.O. (2003) Differential metal-specific tolerance and accumulation patterns among Thlaspi caerulescens populations originating from different soil types. New Phytologist 159, 411 – 419.

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Schat, H. and Aarts, M. (2003) Thlaspi caerulescens, an attractive model species to study heavy metal hyperaccumulation in plants. New Phytologist 159, 351 – 360.

  • Assunção, A.G.L., Da Costa Martins, P., De Folter, S., Vooijs, R., Schat, H. and Aarts, M.G.M. (2001) Elevated expression of metal transporter genes in three accessions of the metal hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens. Plant, Cell and Environment 24, 217 – 226.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Plant Science Organization, EPSO

  • Portuguese Society of Plant Physiology, SPFV

Additional qualifications

  • Pedagogical course: Higher Education Teaching and Teaching Practice Program for assistant professors and post docs (Adjunktpædagogikum/ KNUD), UCHP, Denmark, 2010 – 2011


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