Aidan is a Bachelor in Microbiology from the Trinity College Dublin and is about to obtain a Masters in Experimental Medicine from Queen's University Belfast. His Masters thesis entitled “Defining the role of newly identified host proteins that are important for rhinovirus replication” was advised by Aurelie Mousnier. Aidan is interested in host-microbe interactions with focus on viruses, but also molecular biology, bioinformatics and microscopy.
Ana holds a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Aveiro and a Masters in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine from the NOVA School of Science and Technology in LIsbon. Her Masters thesis entitled “Characterization of growth and quorum sensing responses in Barnesiella and Muribaculum gut microbiota members” was advised by Karina Xavier. Ana’ favourite scientific domains are microbe-microbe interactions, mechanisms of infection, metabolism, gene regulation and mathematical modelling of biological systems.
Andrea has a Bachelor degree in Biology (Molecular biology and Physiology) from the University of Belgrade where she is concluding a Masters in Biophysics. Her Masters thesis entitled “Effects of IgG from sera of ALS patients on electrophysiological properties of neurons” was advised by Milena Milošević. She has multiple interests but her favourite domain is cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and biological psychiatry.
Andrès holds a degree in Biological Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Masters in Microbiology from the Universidad de los Andes. His Master thesis entitled “Reconstructing a tripartite bacterial consortium with lignocellulolytic capacity and its potential applications in plastic biodegradation” was advised by Diego Javier Jiménez Avella. He is interested in systems biology, microbial ecology and microbial modelling.
Carolina is a graduate from the BSc+MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from the Nova University of Lisbon. Her Masters thesis entitled “Retrotransposition causes age-dependent neural function decline in Drosophila melanogaster” was supervised by Alisson Gontijo at CEDOC. Carolina is interested in disease mechanisms, cell biology and developmental biology.
Diana is a Medical Doctor and an accomplished infectious diseases specialist. She got her degree from the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa and made her medical internship in infectious diseases in the Lisbon University Hospital Centre. She is interested in infectious diseases, infection prevention in vulnerable populations, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and of course COVID-19.
Fikir is a student of the international EMERALD programme for medical doctors. She got her doctor of Medicine degree from the Hawassa University. She is passionate about her Specialty in Pediatrics and Child Health but she has grown interest in clinical and biomedical research. During her PhD she would like to study innate immunity and inflammation.
Manuel holds a licenciatura degree in Physics from the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala. His final project thesis entitled “Epidemiological models using graph theory” was advised by Pedro Morales-Almazán. He is currently obtaining a diploma in Quantitative Life Sciences at the International Centre For Theoretical Physics in Trieste. His current interests are on molecular biophysics.
Marta got her Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Algarve. She did her final project entitled “Study of the impact of mode of delivery in brain and gut” with John Cryan and her Masters thesis entitled “ClockOME: Searching for oscillating genes in early vertebrate development” was advised by Isabel Duarte and Ramiro Magno. She contributed to FrozenChicken that is not exactly what you would think. Marta’s ultimate ambition is to become a computational neuroscientist to study the processes and circuitry underpinning in human cognition and perception.
Miguel studied Biology, the Evolutionary and Developmental branch, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and is about to obtain a Masters in Biomedical Research at the Faculty of Medicina of the University de Coimbra. His Masters thesis entitled “The Role of Sp1 in Oligodendrocyte Differentiation: a mechanically regulated transcription factor”, advised by Gisela Santos at Center for Neurosciences and Cellular Biology.
Teresa got a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Masters both from the NOVA Faculty of Sciences and Technology. Her thesis, advised by Miguel Prudêncio at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, was entitled “Comparative immunological analysis of whole-sporozoite malaria vaccines“. She is into host-microbe interactions.