Joana Carneiro da Silva | University of Maryland School of Medicine, Institute for Genome Sciences
Joana Carneiro da Silva is an evolutionary geneticist who applies evolutionary and genomic sciences to translational research of infectious diseases. She graduated in Biology from the Fac. Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, and obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics, from the University of Arizona, EUA. In 2000, she joined the National Institutes of Health (NCBI, NIH), to study mammalian genome evolution. In 2002, her research emphasis changed to infectious diseases, and she joined The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where she studied comparative and evolutionary genomics of eukaryotic parasites, including species of Plasmodium, Theileria, and Cryptosporidium. In 2008, she moved to the Institute for Genome Sciences, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), where she is a tenured Associate Professor, and an Affiliate Member of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health.
She is currently on sabbatical leave at the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), with a primary of goal of exploring joint research questions in parasitology and reinforce ties between the two institutions.
In the present talk, she will describe recent contributions from her group to circumvent challenges and obstacles to the development of broadly efficacious vaccines against Apicomplexan pathogens , and how the resulting population genomics data in downstream applications, from reverse vaccinology to the interpretation of vaccine efficacy outcomes have been used.
Host: Ana Paula Arez