The “International Sabbatical Programme – Cátedras de Oeiras” is an initiative of the Gulbenkian Collaborative Centre at the IGC, with the support from the Oeiras City Council, aiming to further promote collaborative research and multidisciplinary approaches to solve scientific problems. This program allows the stay of outstanding researchers that wish to further develop their scientific activities within the context of IGC´s highly collaborative environment.

Scientists wishing to spend a sabbatical period at the IGC should follow the guidelines defined.


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Former Sabbaticals

Jason Gigley is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. He is interested in the development of innate and adaptive immunity to the obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). His group investigates Natural Killer (NK) cells and their behavior in different stages of parasite infection, from acute to chronic infection. In addition Dr. Gigley is also fascinated by host-microbe interactions. In particular understanding how iron homeostasis in T. gondii and host immune cells impacts tissue pathology and development of immunity during infection. He is from the United States where he studied Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of New Hampshire, then moved onto a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. He did his post-doctoral work at The George Washington University School of Tropical Medicine. Jason was hosted at the IGC in 2022 by Dr. Miguel Soares, leader of the Inflammation research group.

Jonathon (Joe) Howard is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, a Professor of Physics, and the Director of the Quantitative Biology Institute at Yale University. He is best known for his research on the mechanical properties of motor proteins and the cytoskeleton, and the development of techniques for observing, measuring and manipulating single biological molecules. In addition to research on purified kinesin motors and other microtubule-associated proteins, Dr. Howard studies a number of cellular systems in which force and motion play key roles. These include cilia and flagella, neuronal development, mitosis and mechanoreception in the ear and skin. Brought up in Australia, where he studied mathematics and neurobiology at the Australian National University, his career has studied and worked in many countries: a postdoc in Bristol, UK; a professor at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, US; and a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. In 2013 he returned to the United States where he enjoys new research projects, teaching and writing at Yale. Jonathon was hosted at the IGC by Pablo Sartori leader of the Living Physics research group, in 2022.


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Updated on 23 january 2023

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