Ana Assuncao

Ana Assuncao

Associate Professor, Guest Researcher

Current position

  • 2015-present: Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, and Affiliated Researcher at Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO), University of Porto.


Other activities

  • Participant in the Focus Group “Improving micronutrient uptake and use efficiency” in the context of the CropBooster-P project - EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation grant agreement 817690.
  • Member of the COST action 19116 “Trace Metal Metabolism in Plants – PLANTMETALS”. Management committee member and deputy leader of Workgroup 1 “Metal transport - Pathways of trace metals from the soil and through the plant”.



  • Advanced Plant Biology / Videregående Plantebiologi (BSc course - blok 3)
  • Plant Ecophysiology in a changing climate (MSc course - blok 3)



  • 2003: PhD in Plant physiology and genetics/ Insight into the molecular and genetic basis of zinc hyperaccumulation trait in the extremophile species Noccaea caerulescens. Supervisor: Prof. Henk Schat. Department of Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Plants, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1997: MSc. in Agricultural Engineering, Plant Sciences, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal.


Academic awards

  • 2015: DFF/ The Danish Council for Independent Research - YDUN program
  • 2014: FCT/Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - IF grant
  • 2005: NWO/ The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Vernieuwingsimpuls/ Innovation Research Incentives – VENI scheme
  • 1998: FCT/Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - PhD scholarship
  • 1997: FCT/Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - Junior research scholarship
  • 1997: Award Eng. António de Almeida

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