José Dias

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Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology, University of Kiel
José Dias
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Why this profession?

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.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

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

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