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Fernanda Alvim

  • University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in Fernanda's My Publications folder on Mendeley.


I graduated in Food Engineering and during the last two years of my degree, I was involved in research projects working with development and evaluation of new products from chemical side-fractions. I also completed a research Master’s in Agroenergy and in my research thesis I focused on how to optimise hydrolyses and fermentation of starch crops using a collection of mathematical and statistical techniques, applying these to build models of the chemical processes. Additionally, I worked for 5 years as a technician at the Food Engineering department of the Federal University of Tocantins/Brazil. Further, I worked for one year as a lecturer at a Brazilian University (ITPAC - Porto Nacional, TO, Brazil) at the undergraduate level for students pursuing a course in Civil Engineering. I taught Statistics and Chemistry for first year’s students, and Engineering Mechanics and Fluid mechanics for students in their third year of studies. I have been working as a Research Assistant/Visitor at the University of Leeds since Feb/2015, mainly studying the function and membrane topology of the protein encoded by ERD2b gene, part of the results leaded to a publication in The Plant Cell Journal. I am due to start my PhD in a University of Glasgow and the research will bridge disciplines across the fields of biology, physics, and chemistry. This project will develop new sensors and non-invasive methods for measuring CO2 directly in the leaf by designing CO2-sensitive nanoparticles for use with fluorescence imaging in plant leaves.

Recent publications

  • Predominant Golgi-residency of the plant K/HDEL receptor is essential for its function in mediating ER retention

    • Silva-Alvim F
    • An J
    • Alvim J
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds


Food Engineering

Universidade Federal do Tocantins

May 2006 - December 2010(5 years)

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