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Sérgio Teixeira

Sérgio Teixeira

MSc Student

MSc Student
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Former Members
CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal

I am a master’s student from the University of Coimbra, currently working on my thesis project at CIBIO. I have an interest in studying how human cultural habits may influence genetic variation through variable exposure to disease. I became intrigued by the recently uncovered association between kidney disease in African Americans and sleeping sickness resistance variants at the APOL1 gene. Presently, as part of my master’s project, I am studying the patterns of haplotype variation linked to protective APOL1 variants in different regions of Africa.

I am especially interested in the island of Príncipe (São Tomé and Príncipe archipelago), which endured a severe sleeping sickness epidemics around 1900.

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