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

All students

G. Isabel Duarte

The PhD Programme in Computational Biology has radically changed my life. For one year I just learned, and learned, and learned... I came across new concepts, gained new perspectives and this brand new world became real every day. For me, it was the rebirth of biology and all other life sciences. Sometimes it was very hard to cope with all this new information, but now when I look back, everything is more clear, and I would for sure recommend this programme to everyone that is open-minded and has a curious spirit. (2005-12-01)


February 2003 - Completed the Bachelor Degree in Applied Biology by Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
2003-2006 - Masters Degree in Oncology by Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
2005-2006 - Joined the PDBC - Programa de Doutoramento em Biologia Computacional - classes at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal
2006-Now - Conducting my PhD studies at the CMBI - Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics - Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Martijn Huynen, the head of the Comparative Genomics Department.

PhD Project

Supervisor: Martijn Huynen

Laboratory: Comparative Genomics Group, Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics

University: Radboud University Nijmegen


Huynen MA, Duarte Isabel, Chrzanowska-Lightowlers ZM, Nabuurs SB. Structure based hypothesis of a mitochondrial ribosome rescue mechanism. Biology Direct (2012) 7, 14.

Duarte Isabel, Nabuurs SB, Magno Ramiro, Huynen MA. Evolution and Diversification of the Organellar Release Factor Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution (2012) in press, .

Rob M. de Graaf, Guenola Ricard, Theo A. van Alen, Isabel Duarte, Bas E. Dutilh, Carola Burgtorf, Jan W.P. Kuiper, Georg W.M. van der Staay, Aloysius G.M. Tielens, Martijn A. Huynen and Johannes H.P. Hackstein. The organellar genome and metabolic potential of the hydrogen-producing mitochondrion of Nyctotherus ovalis. Molecular Biology and Evolution (2011) 28, 2379-91.

Duarte Isabel, RM de Graaf, TA van Alen, JW Kuiper, K Schotanus, J Rosenberg, MA Huynen, JH Hackstein. The hydrogenosomes of Psalteriomonas lanterna. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2009) 9, 287.

Ricard G, de Graaf RM, Dutilh BE, Duarte Isabel, van Alen TA, van Hoek AH, Boxma B, van der Staay GW, Moon-van der Staay SY, Chang WJ, Landweber LF, Hackstein JH, Huynen MA. Macronuclear genome structure of the ciliate Nyctotherus ovalis: single-gene chromosomes and tiny introns. BMC Genomics (2008) 9, 587.