Sara obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. During her Bachelor thesis, she worked on phenotypic and molecular characterization of E.coli O157 and O157:H7 strains. During her last year, she got a Scholarship for an initiation in research training program for bachelor students. During this time, she worked on the role of Drosophila as a vector for dissemination and development of sour rot in grape berries. After this, she finalized her Masters in Applied Microbiology at the University of Lisbon in 2011. Her Master’s project involved the study of the pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance of food Enterococcus from traditional fermented food products. Shortly after, she decided to combine travel and science and worked both as a trainee and as a research assistant in two different labs in Paris, France.
In 2016, she joined the Vogel lab for her PhD, studying the role of sRNAs in Salmonella infection, and the consequences in hos-pathogen interaction.
When she is not doing exciting experiments in the lab, she enjoys experimenting with cooking and baking vegan food. She enjoys hiking and getting lost in the wilderness, traveling and reading. Even though she is naturally anti-social and has a hard time remembering people’s names, she enjoys spending time with her friends.