Ana Paula Silva obtained her B.Sc. degree in Biology in July 1998 at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, and in January 2003 she obtained her doctorate degree in Cellular Biology at the same University. During her PhD, AP Silva worked at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), Coimbra, and at the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department, Odense University, Denmark (Lab of Professor Jens Zimmer), in a project entitled “Neurotoxicity and neuroprotection in the hippocampus: role of neuropeptide Y receptors”. During this period she received an Award from “Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian” and an Honour Mention from “Fundação Professor Francisco Pulido Valente”. Afterwards, AP Silva started working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the CNC and at the Neuropharmacology Laboratory, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (Lab of Professor Rafael Maldonado) in the scientific project entitled “Neuroprotective effect of neuropeptide Y in excitotoxicity and in temporal lobe epilepsy”. On August 2005, AP Silva got a research position at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, and in 2006 started to investigate the impact of psychostimulants in the Central Nervous System. Currently, the key words of AP Silva research interests are as follows: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), astrocytes, blood-brain barrier (BBB), endotelial cells, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, microglia, neuroinflammation, neuropeptide Y, psychostimulants, neurotoxicity, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
AP Silva is a member of the Faculty of Medicine Council (http://www.uc.pt/en/fmuc/managementteam) and a member of the Commission responsible for the Management of the Behavior and Animal Experimentation Laboratory. Moreover, she is the coordinator of the Neuroscience group at the Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (IBLILI), Faculty of Medicine Coimbra, together with a Psychiatrist (Joaquim Cerejeira). She has supervised the work of 5 PhD students and 14 Master students (concluded degrees).