Ana Sofia e Silva
Medical University of Vienna, Austria
"I hold my first degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Integrated Master’s degree) from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal). During this academic period, I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in several scientific subjects, such as chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, and pharmaceutical), biochemistry, pharmacology, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology. At the final stage of this graduation, I wrote a monograph focused on the role of BACE-1 inhibition in the context of Alzheimer’s disease due to my growing interest in the Neuroscience field. After two years, I decided to start an advanced Master´s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, with a specialization in Neurobiology, at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal). In this scope, my final Master thesis focused on the electrophysiological validation and characterization of pharmacological compounds, which were designed to target GluK2/GluK5 kainate receptors. This work was developed at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (Bordeaux, France)."