Care was taken to form groups balanced in terms of the students' educational background. This encouraged students to help one another.

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Hugo Miguel Martins

A breakthrough opportunity, the PDBC was my real first contact with a major research centre (the IGC), its multinational environment where one lives and breathes science. The first year was a tiresome but extremely fun ride and I cherish many, many moments from it. The detailed study program and the freedom to develop our own project and selecting a lab are hallmarks of what a top international PhD programme should aim for. (2011-08-31)


Born in 1981, grew up in the 80s without fully appreciating its music - that would only happen 20 years later. Early developing a taste and aptitute for drawing, took the only logical path: a bachelor degree in Biochemistry in the Faculty of Sciences in Porto, Portugal. Graduated in 2004 with a 6 month spell as a trainee in protein modelling, wet lab was the next stop. One year at the local Medical Faculty studying phosphatase kinetics and a post-graduation on HIV infection sent me running to Lisbon, to work as a researcher in HIV genotyping. 2006 saw my skills in PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing, genome curation and phylogenetics develop. Everything was going ok with pipette in hand, so I took again the most obvious step - throw away the pipette and embark on a computational biology PhD programme in 2007. And this is how I got here. Now I am near to finishing my PhD project in a quaint little city called Aarhus in Denmark, where nothing much happens so I have to be creative to stay (moderately) sane. Because 3 years of dealing with endogenous retroviruses, genome mining, database building and sequence classification cannot be good for you, right? I am taking bets on my next logical step.

PhD Project

Supervisor: Palle Vilesen Fredsted

Laboratory: BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center

University: University of Aarhus, Denmark


Martins, Hugo; Villesen, Palle. Improved integration time estimation of endogenous retroviruses with phylogenetic data. PLOS One (2011) 6, 3.