Joana joined my research group since 2012, first as a MSc student and then as a research fellow. From 2014 to 2018 she did her PhD under the theme “Determining the pathogenic potential of commensal and clinical Gardnerella vaginalis isolates”, co-supervised by Kimberly Jefferson (VCU, Richmond. USA). Joana explored the phenotypical differences between G. vaginalis isolates from healthy women or women with BV, in order to better understand the etiology of BV. She concluded her PhD on 28th November 2018.
Joana’s latest paper…
“Unveiling the role of Gardnerella vaginalis in polymicrobial Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) biofilms: the impact of other vaginal pathogens living as neighbors” is the first to demonstrated the complexity of microbial interactions in multi-species biofilms occuring during bacterial vaginosis.
(Full list of publications at Pubmed)
Joana has co-authored chapters in the following books:
Joana has also contributed in the following scientific meetings:
- IUSTI 2018 World & European Congress, 27th-30th June, Dublin, Ireland
- Our well-being and our microbes – annual meeting of the New Zealand Microbiological Society, 20th-22nd November, Auckland, New Zealand
- Biofilms7, 26-28 June 2016, Porto, Portugal
- Eurobiofilms 2015, 23-26 June 2015, Brno, Czech Republic
- 8th meeting of the European Society for Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gyneacology, 25-27 October 2013, London, United Kingdon
- BioMicroWorld2013: V International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology, 2-4 October 2013,Madrid, Spain
- Eurobiofilms2013: Third European Congress on Microbial Biofilms, 9-12 September 2013, Ghent, Belgium
- Biofilms 5, 10-12 December 2012, Paris, France