Care was taken to form groups balanced in terms of the students' educational background. This encouraged students to help one another.

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Sara Vieira Da Silva

Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise (Lewis Carroll . Alice in Wonderland). (2005-12-01)


Born in Dourdan (France) on the 10th of April 1979
1997/2003 - 5 years degree in Applied Plant Biology (Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon)
2003/2005 - Scholarship (BIC) in a research project entitled 'Cell Wall Proteins with roles in Xylogenic Programmes in Eucalyptus' at ITQB under the supervision of Dr Philip Jackson
2005/2011 - PhD candidate of Microbial Evolutionary Genomics group, Institut Pasteur, with Eduardo Rocha
Present - Postdoctoral fellow at the VIB, Departement Structurele Biologie, Brussels, Belgium

PhD Project

Supervisor: Eduardo P.C. Rocha

Laboratory: Microbial Evolutionary Genomics group, Institut Pasteur

University: Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris6


Genomic imprints of ecological adaptation in Bacteria and Archaea. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (2010) pp..


Gama JA, Abby SS, Vieira-Silva S, Dionisio F, Rocha EP. Immune subversion and quorum-sensing shape the variation in infectious dose among bacterial pathogens. PLoS Pathogen (2012) 8, e1002503.

Goulao LF, Vieira-Silva S, Jackson PA. Association of hemicellulose- and pectin-modifying gene expression with Eucalyptus globulus secondary growth. Plant Physiol. Biochem. (2011) 49(8), 873-81.

Vieira-Silva S, Touchon M, Abby SS, Rocha EP. Investment in rapid growth shapes the evolutionary rates of essential proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2011) 108, 20030-5.

Vieira-Silva S, Rocha EP. The systemic imprint of growth and its uses in ecological (meta)genomics. PLoS Genet. (2010) 6, e1000808.

Vieira-Silva S, Touchon M, Rocha EP. No evidence for elemental-based streamlining of prokaryotic genomes. Trends Ecol. Evol. (2010) 25(6), 319-20.

Vieira-Silva S, Rocha EP. An assessment of the impacts of molecular oxygen on the evolution of proteomes. Mol. Biol. Evol. (2008) 25(9), 1931-42.