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Sofia Cortes is assistant researcher at the Medical Parasitology Unit of Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL) since January 2017, under the Investigador FCT programme with the project “Synthetic peroxides as new potential anti-Leishmania chemotypes”.
She got a degree in Biology (1997) from Aveiro University, Portugal, a post-graduation in Medical Microbiology (1999) from the IHMT/UNL, and completed her PhD (2009) at the same institution, in Biomedical Sciences, specialization Parasitology. From 2009 to 2014, S. Cortes was a FCT post-doc fellow working on phenotypic studies associated with virulence of Leishmania strains (viscerotropic, dermotropic and hybrids) and host-parasite interactions,
In 2014 she was awarded with a Marie Curie grant (BRAIN- COFUND programme) for two years at the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany under the project “Biomarkers in Leishmania spp. – A hybrid based strategy”.
Sofia Cortes has been an active team member in national and international research projects, supervised several post graduated students, being author/ co-author of 33 publications with over 516 citations (h-Index: 15).
Her current research interests focus on Trypanosomatids, more specifically Leishmania, host-parasite interactions, population genetic studies, phenotypic in vitro and in vivo studies to investigate virulence of Leishmania, drug susceptibility, and search for virulence and pathogenicity biomarkers.