Virgínia Carvalhais (2011-2016)


Virgínia was a PhD student in my research group from 2011-2016. Her background was on Clinical Analysis and Public Health (BSc, CESPU, Portugal, 2007) and Molecular Genetics (MSc,  University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 2010). She defended her PhD thesis,  entitled “Effect of modulation S. epidermidis biofilms dormancy in the biofilm physiology and host immune response” on the 19th April 2016. She was co-supervised by Manuel Vilanova, ICBAS, Porto, and Rui Vitorino, Aveiro University, Portugal.

Virgínia’s latest paper…

“Immunoreactive pattern of Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm against human whole saliva” shows the potential of saliva antimicrobial properties against S. epidermidis. An immunoproteomic approach was used to compare human serum and saliva reactivity profile to S. epidermidis biofilms proteins.
(Full list of publications at Pubmed)

Virgínia has co-authored chapters in the following books:


Virgínia has also contributed in the following scientific meetings:

  • 3rd International Conference Pathophysiology of Staphylococci, 15-17 September 2016, Tubingen, Germany
  • Microbiotec’15, 10-12 December 2015, Évora, Portugal
  • Gordon Research Conferences Staphylococcal diseases, 12-17 July 2015, Lucca, Italy
  • Eurobiofilms 2015, 23-26 June 2015, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Biofilms 5, 10-12 December 2012, Paris, France
  • BioMicroWorld 2013: V International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology, 2-4 October 2013, Madrid, Spain
  • Eurobiofilms 2013: Third European Congress on Microbial Biofilms, 9-12 September 2013, Ghent, Belgium

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