Joana Cunha



  • 2013: Doutoramento em Patologia e Genética Molecular, Universidade do Porto
  • Since 2017: Project Support Officer, Communication and Dissemination Officer
  • 2014 - 2017: Functional materials for fast diagnosis of wound infection
  • 2013 - 2014: Novel approaches for prevention and degeneration of pathogenic bacteria biofilms formed on medical devices e.g. catheters


Past Students

Recent Publications

Design of a chromogenic substrate for elastase based on split GFP system – proof of concept for colour switch sensors
  • Biotechnology Reports, 22(e00324), 2019
Detection of human neutrophil elastase (HNE) on wound dressings as marker of inflammation
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 101(4), 1443-1454, 2017
  • Santarém, Nuno; Cunha, Joana; Silvestre, Ricardo; Cátia Silva; Diana Moreira; Marc Ouellette; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela
The impact of distinct culture media in Leishmania infantum biology and infectivity
  • PARASITOLOGY, 141(2), 192-205, 2014
  • Carrillo, Eugenia; Jimenez, Maria Angeles; Sánchez, Carmen; Cunha, Joana; Martins, Camila Marinelli; Seva, Anaia da Paixão; Moreno, Javier
Protein malnutrition impairs the immune response and influences the severity of infection in a hamster model of chronic visceral leishmaniasis
  • PLoS One, 9(2), 2014
  • Sofia Costa Lima; Silvestre, Ricardo; Daniela Barros; Joana Cunha; Maria Teresa Baltazar; Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira; Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva
Crucial CD8(+) T-lymphocyte cytotoxic role in amphotericin B nanospheres efficacy against experimental visceral leishmaniasis
  • Nanomedicine, 10(5), 1021-1030, 2014
  • Cunha, Joana; Eugenia Carrillo; Carmen Sánchez; Israel Cruz; Javier Moreno; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela
Characterization of the biology and infectivity of Leishmania infantum viscerotropic and dermotropic strains isolated from HIV+ and HIV- patients in the murine model of visceral leishmaniasis
  • Parasites & Vectors, 6, 122-135, 2013
  • Ana Cláudia Santos; Cunha, Joana; Francisco Veiga; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela; António José Ribeiro
Ultrasonication of insulin microgel particles: impact on particle's size and insulin bioactivity
  • Carbohydrate Polymers, 98(2), 1397-1408, 2013
  • Resende, Mariana; Diana Moreira; Jorge Augusto; Cunha, Joana; Bruno Miguel Neves; Cruz, Maria; Jérôme Estaquier; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela; Silvestre, Ricardo
Leishmania-Infected MHC Class II(high) Dendritic Cells Polarize CD4+ T Cells toward a Nonprotective T-bet+ IFN-gamma+ IL-10+ Phenotype
  • Journal of Immunology, 191(1), 262-273, 2013
  • Neves, Bruno Miguel; Silvestre, Ricardo; Resende, Mariana; Ouaissi, Ali; Cunha, Joana; Tavares, Joana; Loureiro, Inês; Santarém, Nuno; Silva, Ana Marta; Lopes, Maria Celeste; Cruz, Maria Teresa; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela
Activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt and impairment of nuclear factor-kappaB: molecular mechanisms behind the arrested maturation/activation state of Leishmania infantum-infected dendritic cells
  • American Journal of Pathology, 177(6), 2898-2911, 2010
  • Silvestre, Ricardo; Santarém, Nuno; Teixeira, Lúcia; Cunha, Joana; Schallig, Henk; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela
Evaluation of Leishmania species reactivity in human serologic diagnosis of leishmaniasis
  • American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 81(2), 202-208, 2009
  • Silvestre, Ricardo; Santarém, Nuno; Cunha, Joana; Cardoso, Luís; Nieto, Javier; Carrillo, Eugenia; Moreno, Javier; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela
Serological evaluation of experimentally infected dogs by LicTXNPx-ELISA and amastigote-flow cytometry
  • Veterinary Parasitology, 158(1-2), 23-30, 2008
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