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Luís Carlos Santos
Graduate Student
My graduation in Biological Engineering, performed at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, provided me a highly interdisciplinary biotechnology framework, with a solid background in mathematics, physics and chemistry. My final year thesis involved designing an industrial project for large scale production of therapeutic-grade plasmid DNA for the development of vaccines.

In 2006, I worked as an undergraduate research scholar in Dr John J. Rossi’s “RNA lab” at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope National Medical Centre (Los Angeles, CA) and I was involved in the development of multicistronic lentiviral vectors for targeting HIV in haematopoietic progenitor cells, becoming co-author of one article (Aagaard et al., Mol. Ther., 2007). In March 2007, I publicly presented this work at EMBO workshop “Viral RNA: Structure, Function and Targeting” at EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany), as well as in a faculty meeting at the Max Planck Institut für Infektionsbiologie (Berlin, Germany).

During the first half of 2007, my outstanding experience as a scientific researcher in Dr. Maria M. Mota’s malaria unit of Instituto de Medicina Molecular (the biomedical research institution of Lisbon medical school), where I worked in the identification of host factors required for liver stage infection by Plasmodium, further solidified my wish to fully embrace science professionally.

Over the last ten years I passionately studied music, having started by studying guitar, and afterwards by enrolling the class of violin at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa. To maintain physical fitness I usually run or swim, however, I prefer to practice team sports.
Luís Santos