Marta Araújo

  • Leishmania
  • immunometabolism
  • macrophage
  • lipid metabolism
  • immunotherapeutics
  • infectious diseases

Marta Araújo (MA) is a PhD student affiliated to the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) – University of Minho (UM). She obtained her degree in Genetics and Biotechnology (2015) at UTAD and a master’s degree in Genetics Molecular at University of Minho (UM) (2017).
As part of her master’s degree, she joined the Genetics Dynamics of Cancer Cells Group (GEDY) at i3S for a dissertation in the leukemic field. She devoted her research to understand the role of lymphotoxin signaling in T- cell acute leukemia (T-ALL) molecular crosstalk with microenvironmental cells. The work was developed under the supervision of Nuno Rodrigues dos Santos (I3s). During this work she contribute to a scientific paper.
After, she worked as Research Associate at FairJourney Biologics (Porto- Portugal), during a year and seven months, which focus is protein and antibodies production
Afterwards, she moved to ICVS (Dec 2021) and was hired as a i3D – Immunobiology of Inflammatory and Infectious diseases group, under the supervision of Ricardo Silvestre. She has been working on immunometabolism using Leishmania as an infectious model, with the aim to elucidate the role of host lipid metabolism during Leishmania infection and to test the pharmacological modulation of host lipid metabolism in the host’s immune response to the parasite and in infection control.

Scientific Highlights

Marinella N Ghezzo, Mónica T Fernandes, Ivette Pacheco-Leyva, Pedro M Rodrigues, Rui S Machado, Marta A S Araújo, Ravi K Kalathur, Matthias E Futschik, Nuno L Alves, Nuno R dos Santos; FoxN1-dependent thymic epithelial cells promote T-cell leukemia development, Carcinogenesis, bgy127,


Immunometabolic networks on Leishmania infection

Innate immune cells tightly coordinate their metabolic programs to support a proper immunological function. As such, perturbed metabolic fluxes imply decisive effects on immune cell activation eventuating in their ability to control a pathogen and the disease inflicted by it.

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