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Sandra Isabel da C. Antunes is currently holding an FCT individual post-doctoral grant under the project “A system biology approach for the characterization of Tick and Tick-Borne Pathogen Interactions”. She’s developing her studies in GHTM in the Vector Borne Diseases group with the main goal of developing new tools for the control of ticks and tick borne diseases.
Previously she hold a post-doctoral grant under the project PTDC/CVT-EPI/4339/2012: “Functional genomics of Rhipicephalus bursa and Babesia ovis interactions towards disease control”, at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL).
In 2005 she obtained a Biology degree and in 2007 a MSc in Animal Biology from the University of Coimbra. In 2014 she completed her doctoral studies in Biomedical Sciences, specialty in Medical Parasitology at IHMT/UNL. In 2015 she was awarded the Professor Doutor Fraga de Azevedo prize that recognizes the best PhD student in the speciality Medical Parasitology and also the Garcia de Orta Excellency award.
Her main areas of interest relates to tick borne diseases, vector- pathogens relationships; system biology of tick vector- pathogen interactions, gene functional analysis by RNA interference, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene expression profiles, recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies production.
In the last years she collaborated in many research projects in those areas, co-supervised students and grant holders. Moreover in the last years she work together with foreigner institutes such as Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, Institute of Parasitology, Biology Center of the Academy of Sciences in České Budějovice, Czech Republic or even Universidad Castilla La Mancha in Spain.
Sandra Antunes is author/co-author of 13 peer reviewed publications, 2 books and 1 book chapter.