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

All students

Hélder António Martins Pedro


• 2005: Degree (5 years degree) in Biological Engineering, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa- Instituto Superior Técnico, Final grade – 16/20
• From 2006: Student of the PhD Program in Computational Biology at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Research Experience
• 2002: Summer Researcher, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Investigations in sample treatment for analytical determination of mercury in wines with ozone.
• 2005: Curricular Traineeship, Faculdade de Farmácia de Lisboa, Research on the study of the effect of high-pressure in the naringenase activity.
• 2007-2010: Researcher at Adam Arkin's lab at University of California, Berkeley.
• Present: EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton.

Mother tongue - Portuguese
Other languages – Good understanding, speaking and writting in English

Computer Skills:
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Linux, Max OS X
Computer Languages: Python, Perl, R, Shell scripting
Scientific Applications: MATLAB, Mathematica
Technical Drawing: Photoshop, Illustrator
Office Applications: Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel, Word

PhD Project

Supervisor: Adam Arkin

Cosupervisor: Lior Pachter

Laboratory: Adam Arkin lab

University: Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Kersey PJ, Staines DM, Lawson D, Kulesha E, Derwent P, Humphrey JC, Hughes DS, Keenan S, Kerhornou A, Koscielny G, Langridge N, McDowall MD, Megy K, Maheswari U, Nuhn M, Paulini M, Pedro H, Toneva I, Wilson D, Yates A, Birney E. Ensembl Genomes: an integrative resource for genome-scale data from non-vertebrate species.. Nucleic Acids Res. (2012) 40, D91-7.

Lapuk A, Marr H, Jakkula L, Pedro H, Bhattacharya S, Purdom E, Hu Z, Simpson K, Pachter L, Durinck S, Wang N, Parvin B, Fontenay G, Speed T, Garbe J, Stampfer M, Bayandorian H, Dorton S, Clark TA, Schweitzer A, Wyrobek A, Feiler H, Spellman P, Conboy J, Gray JW.. Exon-level microarray analyses identify alternative splicing programs in breast cancer.. Mol Cancer Res. (2010) 8, 961.

Hilty M, Burke C, Pedro H, Cardenas P, Bush A, Bossley C, Davies J, Ervine A, Poulter L, Pachter L, Moffatt MF, Cookson WO.. Disordered microbial communities in asthmatic airways.. PLoS ONE (2010) 5;5(1), e8578.

Stephanie M. Willerth, Helder A. M. Pedro, Lior Pachter, Laurent M. Humeau, Adam P. Arkin, David V. Schaffer. Development of a Low Bias Method for Characterizing Viral Populations Using Next Generation Sequencing Technology. PLoS ONE (2010) 5 issue 10, e13564.