Fernando Rodrigues received a B.S. degree in biological engineering from the University of Minho, Portugal, in 1995. He received an M.S. degree in microbial molecular genetics in 1998 and a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences in 2001, from the same university. His dissertation work involved the characterization of molecular bases associated with the resistance of the food spoilage yeast Zygosaccharomyces bailii to acidic environments. During his M.S. and Ph.D. studies, he was a Visiting Scientist in the Kluyver Laboratory for Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, and in the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Clusius Laboratory, Leiden University, The Netherlands. He joined the Faculty of School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal, in 2001, being currently an Associate Professor. His major teaching contributions are centered in the curricular area “molecules and cells,” particularly in cellular metabolism and molecular genetics, of the M.D. degree. He coordinates “Molecules and Cells” curricular. Rodrigues integrates the Infectious Diseases domain of Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) at the Univerity of Minho. His principal goal is to contribute in the elucidation of mechanisms underlying invasive fungal infections, namely, 1) the pathogenecity of the infectious agent (particularly in Paracoccidioides brasiliensis), 2) the resistance to antifungals (Candida spp.), and 3) the contribution of host genetic variations within the fine-tuning immune mechanisms that account for an increased risk among the high risk of immunossupressed patients. Moreover, cooperative efforts with group from national and international institutions of renowned expertise in the different fields are being conducted to answer the raised questions.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2012