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Tânia Silva
Junior Researcher

I am a Junior Researcher holding a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2016, University of Porto), working at Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto, on the Host Targets of Infection group. Additionally, I am an Invited Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto.. Throughout my career, I have focused on finding alternative approaches to fight infectious diseases, mainly mycobacterial infections. I have determined the mechanisms of action of several antimicrobial peptides against pathogens and on lipid model membranes using an array of microbiology and biophysical techniques. I also focused on studying host-pathogen interactions in in vitro and in vivo models of mycobacterial infections. During my scientific career, I have been enrolled in 15 funded projects working with national and international teams in the fields of microbiology, infection, and biophysics, publishing 24 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of two funded projects (MycoPepTalking; PTDC/BIA-MIC/3458/2020 and IronCell2Cell; 2022.03635.PTDC) aiming at developing new therapies against nontuberculous mycobacteria and new in vitro models of mycobacterial infection.