Academic Awards: Doctor Honoris Causa (2011) – Agricultural University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Academic education (degrees): Habilitation – (UALg, 2000); Ph.D. on Cell Biology: Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Lisbon (1988). Agriculture Engineer: VCI, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (1982); High school: Nampula, Mozambique (1969)
Academic Career: Full Professor (2003, UALg); Associated Professor (1996, UALg), Assistant Professor (1989, UALg): Researcher (1988, Sacavém, Portugal)
Visiting Scholar/Professor: 1. Helmholtz Center, Munich, Germany (1 month, 2012) 2. BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (3 months, 2007) 3. University of Georgia, USA (8 months, 2004); 4. Stanford University, CA, USA (3 months, 1999); 5. PennState University, PA, USA (12 months, 1993-1998) 6. University of Mainz, Germany (20 months-1992-2008) 7. Plant Genetic Engineering Institute, Bulgaria (6 months, 1989).
University administration (Presently): Director of the Master and undergraduate courses on Biotechnology. Director of the Ph.D. program in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
Teaching: Undergraduate courses: Functional Genomics, Genetic Engineering, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Postgraduate courses: Genomics and Transcriptomics; Advanced Genetic Engineering; Plant Improvement of Horticultural crops.
Research Projects: PI of 6 research projects; institutional PI of 7 research projects
Selected representative publications (10):
José Leitão (2018) Genetic Mapping in Pineapple. In: Genetics and Genomics of Pineapple (Ed. R. Ming), pp.61-68
José M Leitão (2012) Chemical mutagenesis. In: Plant Mutation Breeding and Biotechnology. Q Shu, B Forster, H Nakagawa (Ed.). IAEA/FAO. Vienna. CABI international. pp 135 -158.
Santo TE, Pereira RJ, JM Leitão (2017) The Pea (Pisum sativum L.) Rogue paramutation is accompanied by alterations in the methylation pattern of specific genomic dsequences. Epigenomes 1(1), 6; doi:10.3390/epigenomes1010006
Miguel A, Vega-Bartol J, Marum L, Chaves I, Santo T, Leitão J, Varela MC, C M Miguel (2015) Characterization of the cork oak transcriptome dynamics during acorn development, BMC Plant Biology 15:158.
Carlier JD, CA Alabaça, PS Coelho, AA Monteiro and JM Leitão (2012) The downy mildew resistance locus Pp523 is located on chromosome 8 of Brassica oleracea L. Plant Breeding, 131 (1): 170–175
Farinhó M, J Carlier J, D Svetleva, P Coelho, A Monteiro and J Leitão (2004) Mapping of a locus for adult plant resistance to downy mildew in broccoli (Brassica oleracea convar. italica) Theoretical and Applied Genetics 109: 1392-1398
Alberto F, R Santos and J Leitão (2000) Assessing patterns of geographical dispersal of Gelidium sequipedale (Rhodophyta) through RAPD differentiation of populations. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 191: 101-108.
Xu-Welliver M, J Leitão, S Kanugula and A E Pegg (1999) Alteration of the conserved residue tyrosine-158 to histidine renders human O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase insensitive to the inhibitor O6-Benzylguanine, Cancer Res. 59:1514-1519.
Leitão JM, B Lorentz, N Bachinski, C Wilhelm, WEG Muller and HC Schroder (1995) Osmotic stress-induced synthesis and degradation of inorganic polyphosphates in the alga Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 121: 279-288.
Leitão J, S Petkova and L Djondjurov (1987) The induction of DNA strand-breaks at specific sites by N-nitroso-N-ethylurea depends on the phases of the cell cycle. Mutation Research