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Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie

Dr. Daniela Portugal Calisto

Dr. Daniela Portugal Calisto

  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant
+41 44 634 5318


2017-present Doctoral studies in RNA biology (Prof. V. G. Panse)
2015-2017 Biomedical Scientist, Laboratory Dr. Joaquim Chaves, Lisbon, Portugal
2012-2015 M.Sc. Tropical Health: Specialty Tropical Pathology, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
2012-2014 Biomedical Scientist, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Pedagogical Trainer, IEFP – Portuguese Institute of Employment and Professional Development, Portugal
2012 Internship on Virology, Pharmacology and Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Internship on Molecular Biology, CEDOC, Faculty of Medical Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
2008-2012 Bachelor in Biomedical Science, Higher School of Health Technologies of Lisbon, Portugal


Research interests

  • Structure and function of RNP complexes
  • RNP assembly and quality control
  • Structural and functional mechanism of DEAD-box helicases


The ribotoxin α-sarcin can cleave the sarcin/ricin loop on late 60S pre-ribosomes.
Olombrada M, Peña C, Rodríguez-Galán O, Klingauf-Nerurkar P, Portugal-Calisto D, Oborská-Oplová M, Altvater M, Gavilanes JG, Martínez-Del-Pozo Á, de la Cruz J, García-Ortega L, Panse VG (2020)
Nucleic Acids Res 48: 6210-6222

The GTPase Nog1 co-ordinates assembly, maturation and quality control of distant ribosomal functional centers.
Klingauf-Nerurkar P, Gillet LC, Portugal-Calisto D, Oplova M, Jäger M, Schubert OT, Pisano A, Peña C, Rao S, Altvater M, Chang Y, Aebersold R, Panse VG (2020)
Elife 9: e52474

Clinical, laboratorial and immunological aspects of severe malaria in children from Guinea-Bissau.
Domingos J, Casimiro A, Portugal-Calisto D, Varandas L, Nogueira F, Silva M S (2018)
Acta Trop 185: 46-51

Molecular characterization of Giardia lamblia in children less than 5 years of age with diarrhoea attending the Bengo General Hospital, Angola.
Gasparinho C, Ferreira FS, Mayer AC, Mirante MC, Nery SV, Santos-Reis A, Portugal-Calisto D, Brito D. (2017)
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 111: 497-503

Post-exposure serological responses to malaria parasites in potential blood donors.
Portugal-Calisto D, Ferreira AR, Silva MS, Teodósio R (2016)
Malar J 15: 548

Dengue Virus Serotype 4 and Chikungunya Virus Coinfection in a Traveller Returning from Luanda, Angola, January 2014.
Parreira R, Centeno-Lima S, Lopes A, Portugal-Calisto D, Constantino A, Nina J (2014)
Euro Surveill 19: 20730