Diogo Silva has graduated in Applied Biology in 2009 at the University of Minho, Portugal. His final graduation work has been done under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Pedrosa and has concerned the toxicity of mycolactone, the toxin of Mycobacterium ulcerans, to several mouse and human cell lines of distinct anatomical locations. After that, he recieved a MSc degree from the same instituion after having successfully completed his work on the IL-10 production regulation mechanisms by microglial cells under the supervision of Dr. Margarida Saraiva. Both the final graduation work and the MSc work have been performed at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), University of Minho, Portugal. He is currently pursuing the IL-10 regulation mechanisms (not only by microglial cells but also by other innate immune cells, such as, macrophages and dendritic cells) while doing his PhD at the ICVS.
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Menino JF, Saraiva M, Gomes-Alves AG, Lobo-Silva D, Sturme M, Gomes-Rezende J, Saraiva AL, Goldman GH, Cunha C, Carvalho A, Romani L, Pedrosa J, Castro AG, Rodrigues F. (2013) TLR9 Activation Dampens the Early Inflammatory Response to Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, Impacting Host Survival. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 7(7): e2317. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002317
Lobo-Silva D, Carriche GM, Castro AG, Roque S, Saraiva M. "Balancing the immune response in the brain: IL-10 and its regulation". J Neuroinflammation. 2016 Nov 24;13(1):297.