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Since young age I have been passionate about biology and computer sciences. Therefore, I first completed a bachelor program in genetics and biotechnology at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real in Portugal. In parallel, I also participated in an ERASMUS program at SGGW-WULS, Warsaw in Poland. My scientific internship was then at IPATIMUP, Porto (Portugal) in the “Cancer Biology” group with the project entitled “Generation of a vertebrate model in zebra-fish (Danio rerio) for thyroid cancer studies”.
Then, I pursued a bioinformatics master’s degree at the University of Minho in Portugal. As I became more interested in systems biology, I performed my master thesis at Chr. Hansen A/S group in Denmark. The project was entitled "Reconstructing the metabolic network of Lactobacillus helveticus on a genome-wide scale". Finally, in order to acquire more experience in in silico analyses, I spent six months at the DKFZ partner site TranslaTUM, Munich, focusing on RNA-seq data and the analysis of intergenic regions. My interdisciplinary experience will help me now to quickly learn more about my new field of research immunogenetics.
As chronic immune-mediated diseases are still growing in incidence in countries with a Western life-style, inflammatory bowel diseases make an outstanding target for a doctoral research. Moreover, the possibility of conducting research in a structured program, with soft-skills development and integrated within a DFG Cluster of Excellence, renders the RTG 1743 an extremely attractive training group. The RTG enables me to work on a scientific question with clinical relevance and that – if conducted properly with a fruitful outcome – could have an impact in improving patients’ quality of life