The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 53: 1273 - 1275 (2009)

Vol 53, Issue 8-9-10

Special Issue: Developmental Biology in Hispania (Spain & Portugal)

Idealism and romantic patriotism for science - an interview with José Francisco David-Ferreira

Interview | Published: 1 November 2009

Maria Carmo-Fonseca* and José Francisco David-Ferreira

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


Jose Francisco David-Ferreira is one of the most influential Professors of Cell and Developmental Biology in Portugal. David-Ferreira pioneered the use of electron microscopy in cell biology and experimental embryology. He also paved the way for successive generations of biologists who cross-fertilized the national scientific community. As we discuss briefly below, David-Ferreira is above all a Pedagogue and an Institution builder.


cell biology, embryology, electron microscopy

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