Sofia A. Oliveira graduated in physics engineering (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal) in 1996 and completed a Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences (Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa (FML), Lisbon, Portugal) in 2002. During her doctoral work, she pursued basic molecular biology research aimed at identifying the in vitro and in vivo functions of several murine cytomegalovirus glycoproteins. Her postdoctoral work at the Center for Human Genetics (Duke University, Durham, NC, USA) focused on the identification of susceptibility genes for Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, as well as genes that control the age at the onset of the first symptoms. After the postdoctoral training, she became an independent Principal Investigator in 2004 at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Oeiras, Portugal) and moved to the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM, Lisbon, Portugal) in 2008. Her current objective is to unravel the genetic underpinnings of complex neurological (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and intracranial aneurysms), rheumatological (e.g., Behçet’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis), and other disorders using genetic, genomic, bioinformatic, and statistical tools. As of March 2013, Oliveira published 25 papers in international peer-reviewed journals with an accumulated impact factor of 186 and with over 600 citations. The work performed in her laboratory has received 5 national prizes and 1 international award over the past 6 years. As a Principal Investigator, her research has been funded by national and international grants. Additionally, Oliveira serves as an Invited Assistant Professor at FML teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses; an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Students; a Member of the Scientific Committee of the Biobanco, IMM, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre; a reviewer of scientific articles submitted to several peer-reviewed journals and grants; and a coinventor of the US2009098557-A1 patent.
Biography Updated on 8 November 2013