CV Alexandre Tiedtke Quintanilha

He was born August 9, 1945 in Lourenço Marques (Maputo) Mozambique. Read theoretical physics at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, completing his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1972.  He spent the next two decades in California at U.C. Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as professor of cell physiology and director of a Center for Environmental Studies. He then moved to the University of Porto in Portugal to become professor of biophysics at the Biomedical Faculty and, until very recently, director of both the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.  He now chairs the committee responsible for implementing a newly formed consortium of the three major biomedical research institutions in Porto. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and of the World Academy of Arts and Science and on the Council for Research and Exploration of the National
Geographic Society.  Over the years he has chaired various committees at the European Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and several other national and international research organizations.  He currently chairs the Council of Associated Laboratories of the Ministry of Science in Portugal.  He has published well over one hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles and six books and has always been involved in science policy. His current interests are in the areas of biological stress, risk perception and public understanding of science.

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