Joana L. Rodrigues is a post-doctoral research fellow at Centre of Biological Engineering and has been involved in the teaching of some courses at the Department of Biological Engineering from University of Minho. She received her Master degree in Biological Engineering in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering Systems in 2014 from the University of Minho. Under the scope of her Ph.D. work, during one year she was a visiting student at MIT, where she worked on the design and construction of a biosynthetic pathway for the production of curcuminoids in Escherichia coli. Her research interests include the use of recombinant microorganisms to express new biosynthetic pathways. Currently, she is engineering a biosynthetic pathway for the production of furanocoumarins in a heterologous host and also implementing the curcuminoids biosynthetic pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. She published four international peer-reviewed research papers and two book chapters in the field of synthetic biology. She has been often invited to lecture some seminars and small courses on synthetic biology at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança.