João Paulo Gomes

National Institute of Health, Portugal


João Paulo Gomes is currently the Head of the Research Unit of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health (Lisbon, Portugal), and is a Professor of Microbiology in Superior School of Health / Portuguese Red Cross. He obtained the PhD degree in Molecular Biology at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA, and at the University of Lisbon (FC/UL). He was awarded with the European PathoGenoMics PhD Awards 2007 (his own thesis), and 2011 (as supervisor of the awarded thesis). He works in functional genomics applied to several pathogens responsible for infectious diseases. Special relevance is given to the study of sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria, in particular Chlamydia trachomatis, which is the world leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, as well as the main cause of preventable blindness. The research is developed in genomics, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics focused mostly on the study of the mutation, recombination, and evolutionary trends of several microbial pathogens, and on the analysis of expression pattens of antigens, putative virulence factors, Type III effector proteins, and hypothetical proteins. João Paulo Gomes is currently supervising several PhD students and Post-docs, and is the PI and or collaborator of several Grants in Microbiology. He is also an ad-hoc reviewer for several scientific journals.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2012

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