Probably you already know that I'm a researcher and I work in a microbiology lab, right? You don't? Do you want to know my story? ahah
So, after my Masters in Biomedical Engineering (Universidade do Minho) in Portugal, my PI offered me this opportunity: to do a phD here in US, more specifically Richmond, Virginia. I said: why not? It's now or never! I arrived on October 2010 and so far it has been a great adventure! I still have about 10 months here, and then I have to go back to Braga and finish my experiments and writing the thesis there.
This might sound chinese for you but basically I'm studying the mobilization of pathogenicity islands in Staphylococcus aureus by helper phages. Please, let me rephrase. Staphylococcus aureus are "goodfellas" and our body needs them but sometimes they are opportunistic. Worst: staph are smarter than us; they have a few ways to replicate themselves and spread virulence! Till now, the antibiotics are failing like crazy... Is it the end of the world?
In the mean time, I'll share with you some photos at my lab.
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