From Braga, to Boston, then Aveiro and finally Porto, Virgínia was the most traveled PhD student in my research group. During 4 years, her PhD work was focused on understanding how bacterial dormancy within biofilms could affect its physiology and its possible impact on S. epidermidis virulence traits. She first used transcriptomic (Braga/Boston) and then proteomic (Aveiro, under the supervision of Rui Vitorino) approaches to characterize dormancy and then addressed the relevance of dormancy in clinical and comensal isolates (Porto, under the supervision of Manuel Vilanova).
I wish the best luck to Virgínia in her futures endeavours, and thank her for her contributions to my research group and to the scientific field of Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilms.
[Photos by Susana Brás]