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Celso Cunha is Associate Professor of Microbiology and Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences of IHMT.
He leads a small research group with established collaborations with several laboratories in Portugal and abroad. The main research interests are related to Hepatitis B and D viruses replication focused on fundamental aspects of virus-host interactions. Coauthored about 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Celso Cunha is member of the editorial board of the World Journal of Virology. In 2001 was awarded the Ricardo Jorge Prize of Public Health and the Laura Ayres Prize of Microbiology/Transmissible Diseases.
Molecular biology of Hepatitis B and D viruses with special emphasis on replication mechanisms and interaction with the host.
Team: João Paulo Tavanez (Post-Doc IHMT/FCT), Cristina Branco (PhD Student FCT/IHMT), Filipa Silva (Master’s Student IHMT)
- Tavanez J, Quina AS, Cunha C (2014). Virus and non-coding RNAs: stars in the host-virus interaction game. Future Virology, 9 (12): 1077-1088
- Freitas N, Cunha C, Menne S, Gudima SO (2014). Envelope proteins derived from integrated hepatitis B virus DNA support assembly and release of infectious hepatitis delta virus particles. Journal of Virology, 88 (10): 5742-5754.
- Alves C, Branco C, Cunha C (2013). Hepatitis Delta virus: still a peculiar virus. Advances in Virology; http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/560105
- Mendes M, Pérez Hernandez D, Vazquez J, Coelho AV, Cunha C (2013). Proteomic changes in HEK-293 cells induced by hepatitis delta virus replication. Journal of Proteomics, 89: 24-38.
- Freitas N, Salisse J, Cunha C, Toshkov I, Menne S, Gudima S (2012). Hepatitis delta vírus infects the cells of hepadnavirus-induced hepatocelular carcinoma in woodchucks. Hepatology, 56 (1): 76-85.