Ana Isabel Freitas has an MSc in Molecular Genetics by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Minho and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences by the Instituto de Ciências Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto.
She started her scientific career by joining the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Department of Medicine (Karolinska Institute) to work in an IPTc study to assess the incidence of clinical Malaria in Ghana and, to explore the effectiveness of the treatment for Malaria control.
Once in Portugal, Ana has integrated the Cardiovascular Research Group of the Department of Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) studying the genetic and epigenetic determinants of familial hypercholesterolemia and later, she joined the Biofilm Research Group at Centre for Biological Engineering (University of Minho) to study the epidemiology of nosocomial bacterial colonization and to define molecular predictors of nosocomial infection.
After her PhD, she integrated the Institute of Public Health (University of Porto) collaborating in the DOCnet (NORTE2020) and RECAP-preterm (HORIZON2020) projects exploring the health status and the determinants of population health.
Currently, she is a member of the Research Projects Support Services Unit (University of Minho) and an active team member of I&D projects focused on the epidemiological study of communicable diseases, in particular, malaria and nosocomial infection surveillance.
Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol, 2021 Dec 27. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12845. Online ahead of print.
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