Since her graduation in Biology from the Porto University, Ana Silva Dias has been working in clinical microbiology field. She started her researcher career in Faculty of Medicine of Porto University during her master in Biology, initially devoted to the study of fungi antimicrobial susceptibility and the mechanisms underlying Candida antifungal resistance.
In 2009 she was awarded with a PhD grant from “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia”. During her PhD, she enlarge her research to the study of microorganism´s mechanisms of virulence, namely adhesion and biofilm formation. During this period she was also involved in several investigations projects in collaborations with other universities and concluded a course in animal experimentation.
In the present moment Ana is a researcher at Faculty of Medicine focused in unveiling the antimicrobial mechanism of action of the compounds investigated on her PhD.
She is also interested in the cytometry field applied to the microbiology and in the study of Candida glabrata mechanisms of resistance and virulence attributes.