Prof. Nuno Ferrand is the Scientific Coordinator of CIBIO-InBIO. He is also Full Professor at the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, where he teaches genetics and evolution.
Prof. Ferrand is interested in evolutionary biology, particularly in genetic diversity patterns of natural populations, ecology, conservation, domestication and speciation. He has developed several research projects in these areas using the rabbit as main model species. He has also studied the evolution of many amphibian and reptile species in the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.
Prof. Ferrand has published over 150 SCI papers, namely in Science, Nature Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, PloS Genetics, Evolution, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Heredity. He has authored three books, edited four books and has written eleven book chapters.
Dr. Ferrand is the Director of the Doctoral Program in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV) organized by the University of Porto and Lisbon, funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT). He has supervised 19 PhD theses, 21 MSc theses and 15 post-docs. He is currently supervising 4 PhD students and 11 post-docs.
Dr. Ferrand is the Director of the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) where he is currently leading a profound restructuring operation to create a brand new museum focused on an innovative museographic philosoph, in partnership with the Portuguese Agency for Scientific Culture Promotion Ciência Viva. He has organized several major exhibitions, including Darwin’s Evolution.
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