University of Coimbra, Coimbra, PT

Ana Urbano is Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a PI at the Molecular Physical Chemistry Research Unit of the same university. She graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra (1989), where she later gained her MSc in Cell Biology (1993).
She then received her DPhil in Cambridge, UK (1999), on mammalian cell bioenergetics.
Her research combines her interests in bioenergetics, oncobiology and inorganic biochemistry, focusing on the molecular mechanisms underlying the toxicity of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], an occupational lung carcinogen. Her laboratory has been investigating the alterations produced by this carcinogen on mammalian energy metabolism and, more recently, on the resistance to stress.