I joined Silke Robatzek Group in the beginning of August 2017 for my MSc Thesis, driven by my interest in the complex molecular interplay that takes place in plant-pathogen interactions, particularly in the endomembrane organization/activity during these relationships. Due to a dynamic co-evolution, plant-pathogenic fungi have developed a way to modulate and even suppress the plant immune response: by deploying effector proteins and other molecules in vesicles that are secreted and targeted to host plant.
My group will dissect the potential pathogenicity of extracellular vesicles that are secreted by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae during plant invasion, investigate this secretion and the impact of the proteome charged inside these vesicles in the plant immune system.
2016 – present MSc, Functional Biology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Porto, Faculty of Science
2014 – 2016 Internship, BioISI-Protein Trafficking and Development Laboratory, Porto
2012 – 2016 Bsc in Biology, University of Porto, Faculty of Science