Liliana Bernardino holds a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. The main goal of her Ph.D. was to understand how neuroinflammation, in particular the cytokines TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta, can modulate the excitotoxic neuronal death and survival. To pursue this goal, she served as a visiting scientist at the Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri (Milan, Italy) and at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Southern Denmark (Odense, Denmark). Then, during the postdoctoral studies, she identified new modulators of neurogenesis. Currently, she works as an Associate Professor and Researcher at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal. Her main scientific interests are to identify new therapeutic strategies that can modulate stem cells activity and boost neurogenesis in order to improve brain repair of neurodegenerative disease and to identify new targets that can modulate microglia cell activity in order to promote neuroprotection and neuronal regeneration.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2013