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David Azevedo da Silva

PhD Student

PhD Student
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, R. Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal

I've a background in pharmaceutical sciences and in plant biotechnology but foremost, I see myself as passionate about Translational Sciences.


My path first led me to study Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto. Here, I had the opportunity to better understand human biology, our role in a society and in an ecosystem. As much as I enjoyed this journey, I also discovered that human health could be improved by acting upstream, by better exploiting what nature as to offer in a sustainable way. For that reason, the master in pharmaceutical sciences was a key step in my path but revealed itself insufficient to accomplish my goal of improving our way of living. I believed that nature had and still has a huge potential to be unravelled, especially in plants as they are hosts for an enormous number of molecules and properties that make them invaluable sources of medicine, food, feed, and energy. They also inspire many of the technologies we have today. As a result, I joined the master in Functional Biology and Plant Biotechnology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, in order to understand how to better exploit all the potential of plants as a vital resource for humanity.


During this master, I developed my master thesis at University of Porto’s CIBIO, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, where I joined a project that addressed grapevine genomics and bioinformatics. This allowed me to perform an in-depth study of the genome of several populations of grapevine varieties. It also introduced me to the world of bioinformatics and data science, a subject that is now very dear to me. I enjoy organize and participating in scientific and technical events, such as Data Science meetups or Hackathon's.


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