Gilberto Igrejas, a researcher from Vila Real, was appointed by the Government for a five-year term as president of the Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP), succeeding Manuel Cabral who held the post for seven years. Published today in Diário da República (DR), the order of the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Food emerges “following a tender procedure”, has taken effect since Wednesday and designates Gilberto Paulo Peixoto Igrejas, born in Vila Real in 1971, “to hold, for a term of five years, the post of chairman of the IVDP board of directors”.
According to the syllabus published in the DR, Gilberto Igrejas is a researcher responsible for several scientific and technical cooperation programmes between Portugal and Spain and Portugal and France, as well as a full member of the Research Group (Bio) Chem & OMICS, Associated Laboratory for Green Chemistry, LAQV-REQUIMTE, Faculty of Science and Technology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa”.
Gilberto Igrejas is also the coordinator of the Unit for Functional Genomics and Proteomics of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) and associate editor of international scientific journals, as well as a reviewer of more than two dozen scientific journal.
“He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Expert Working Group (EWG): Improving Wheat Quality for Processing and Health of the Wheat Initiative”, adds DR.
The new president of the IVDP has a degree in Biology-Geology (1993), master in Genetic Resources and Improvement of Agricultural and Forest Species (1997) and PhD in Genetics and Biotechnology (2001) by UTAD.
Between 1995 and 2002 he developed a research work at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Clermont-Ferrand) in France.
In 2002, he completed a Post-Graduation in Legal Medicine at the National Institute of Legal Medicine – Porto Delegation and Faculty of Medicine from the University of Porto.
He completed a Post-PhD in 2004-2005 at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) “Plant Industry” in Canberra, Australia.
He is associate professor with Aggregation at UTAD since 2012.
In 2003 and 2005 he was, consecutively, elected coordinator of the Enology Course and president of the Pedagogical Area of Agricultural Sciences, performing these functions from 2003 to 2007.
Until July 2007, he chaired the committee to elaborate a Technological Specialization Course in the Viticulture and Oenology Area.
In 2008/2009 he was coordinator of the 1st Edition of the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology for Health Sciences and Vice-Coordinator of the Genetics and Biotechnology Course.
He is currently deputy director of the Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics and Applications to Life Sciences.