Margarida Casal was born in Lisbon in 1962 and is Full Professor of Biology at the School of Sciences at the University of Minho, since 2009.

Margarida Casal graduated in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in 1985. In July 1995 she concluded the Ph.D. and received the Habilitation degree in 2007 at UMinho. She has carried out scientific internships in the INRA Colmar Research Center in France, the Institute of Plants Molecular Biology of the CNRS, Strasbourg, France, the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Madrid, Spain, the Center for Experimental Cytology, Porto, and the Gulbenkian Institute of Sciences, Oeiras. She received scholarships from the Federation of European Biochemistry Societies and the European Molecular Biology Organization.

Margarida Casal is a member of the Department of Biology since 1986. From 1999 to 2004 she was Chairman of the Science Courses Council and Coordinator of the Courses Council Secretariat of the UMinho. She was Director of the Course in Applied Biology, member of the directive board of the master's degrees in Molecular Genetics and Evolution and Origin of Life.

Margarida Casal was involved in the organization of the International Advanced Courses in Biology and was coordinator of the process of creation and accreditation of the Doctoral Program in Molecular and Environmental Biology. She promoted the creation of master's degrees in Biophysics and Bionanosystems, in Applied Biochemistry and in Bioinformatics. She is director of the Doctoral Program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, financed by FCT (2014-). She held the position of Director of the Biology Department (2006-12), Director of the Center for Molecular and Environmental Biology (2013-16, ranked as Excellent in the last evaluation by the FCT), member of the General Council (2009-16) and the President of the School of Sciences (2016-17).

Margarida Casal coordinates a research team in the area of Molecular Genetics, with impact in the Biomedicine and Biotechnology sectors. She supervised 16 postdoctoral researchers, 24 doctoral students, 24 master students and 42 project fellows. She is the author of 9 patents, 8 book chapters and 116 ISI publications, with a h-index of 29 (Researcher ID B-6386-2009, November 2017). She was principal investigator and / or team member of more than fifty national, European and bilateral research projects, collaborates in the review of articles for more than twenty international journals and organized five national and two international congresses. She has been an evaluator of projects from FCT, FP7, IFS and ESF, as well as from Austria, Czech Republic and Belgium grant agencies. She is evaluator of A3ES in the area of Biochemistry and Biology, Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of Genetics and member of the Fiscal Council of the Portuguese Society of Biochemistry.​

Contacts
VRT Margarida Casal assistant: Sofia Machado
Phone: +351 253 602 190