Noronha Henrique

Henrique Noronha

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Research Area : Molecular targets

Position : Integrated members


PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Minho (2015)


My research focus on study the molecular mechanisms behind starch mobilization in grapevine woody tissues. Also, I am interested in the functional characterization of transmembrane transporters, like aquaporins and plastidic translocators.

Ongoing Projects

FCT Postdoc "Source-sink relations in plants - unlocking the molecular mechanisms of starch degradation and mobilization in grapevine woody tissues by integrating RNAseq with protein functional studies".


Angélica Silva (PhD) - Grapevine/environment interaction: unlocking the role of the plastid in the secondary metabolism

Tiago Silva (Msc) - Grapevine response to cold – study of starch metabolism in woody tissues


Noronha H, Silva A, Dai Z, Gallusci P, Rombolà AD, Delrot S, Gerós H. A molecular perspective on starch metabolism in woody tissues. Planta 248, 559-568.

Silva A, Noronha H*, Dai Z, Delrot S, Gerós H. 2017. Low source–sink ratio reduces reserve starch in grapevine woody canes and modulates sugar transport and metabolism at transcriptional and enzyme activity levels. Planta 246(3): 525–535. *First author and corresponding author

Noronha H, Araújo D, Conde C, Martins AP, Soveral G, Chaumont F, Delrot S, Gerós H. 2016. The grapevine Uncharacterized Intrinsic Protein 1 (VvXIP1) is regulated by drought stress and transports glycerol, hydrogen peroxide, heavy metals but not water. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160976. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160976.

Noronha H, Conde C, Delrot S, Gerós H. 2015. Identification and functional characterization of grapevine transporters that mediate glucose-6-phosphate uptake into plastids. Planta 242: 909-920.

Noronha H, Agasse A, Martins AP, Berny MC, Gomes D, Zarrouk O, Thiebaud P, Delrot S, Soveral G, Chaumont F, Gerós H. 2014. The grape aquaporin VvSIP1 transports water across the ER membrane. Journal of Experimental Botany 65: 981-993.

Teixeira A, Martins V, Noronha H, Eiras-Dias J, Gerós H. 2014. The first insight into the metabolite profiling of grapes from three Vitis vinifera L. cultivars of two controlled appellation (DOC) regions. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 15, 4237-4254.

Carqueijeiro I, Noronha H, Duarte P, Gerós H, Sottomayor M. 2013. Vacuolar transport of the medicinal alcaloids from Catharantus roseus is mediated by a proton driven antiport. Plant Physiology 162: 1486-1496.

Rodrigues J, Silva RD, Noronha H, Pedras A, Gerós H, Côrte-Real M. 2013. Flow cytometry as a novel tool for structural and functional characterization of isolated yeast vacuoles. Microbiology 159: 848-856.