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Ana Vasconcelos graduated in Biomedical Sciences in 2018 (BSc, University of Aveiro) and in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2020 (MSc, University of Coimbra). She conducted her master thesis at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC-UC), under the supervision of Dr. Dominique Fernandes and Prof. Ana Luísa Carvalho. Her thesis project aimed at investigating the mechanisms elicited by CASPR2 autoantibodies that drive pathogenesis in autoimmune encephalitis. During 2021, she continued to carry out her investigation at the Synapse Biology group (CNC-UC), as a Research Assistant. In parallel, she has been gaining training in the field of visual science communication, particularly in scientific illustration and information design applied to life sciences. She has been undertaking courses and workshops on drawing and digital illustration. Recently, she has been collaborating with the CNC Science Communication Office to develop infographics about CNC research for communicating with the public.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Ana Maria da Graça Fernandes Vasconcelos
Date of birth
1997/10/07
Gender
Female

Citation names

  • Vasconcelos, Ana M.
  • Vasconcelos, Ana

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
171B-1662-EC3D
ORCID iD
0000-0002-3168-6274

Telephones

Mobile phone
  • 932133717 (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Medical and Health Sciences - Basic Medicine - Neurosciences
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Cell Biology
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Molecular Biology

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Upper intermediate (B2)
Education
Degree Classification
2022/03/03 - 2022/07/21
Ongoing
Curso de Desenho de Observação I - Introdução (Outros)
Clube de Desenho, Portugal
2021/09/06 - 2021/10/31
Concluded
Curso Illustra Micorscopía (Curso de Ilustração de Microscopia) (Outros)
Illustraciencia, Spain
2021/01/26 - 2021/06/04
Concluded
Curso de Formação - Metodologias de Investigação em Ciências da Vida, da Natureza e da Engenharia (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
19
2018/09/10 - 2020/12/30
Concluded
Biologia Celular e Molecular (Mestrado)
Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Portugal
"Exploring the pathogenic mechanisms elicited by antibody-mediated loss of Caspr2 in autoimmune synaptic encephalitis" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
19
2020/07/26 - 2020/10/30
Concluded
Curso de Formação - Curso de Verão da UC "Metodologias de Investigação Científica - Módulo e I&D - "Metodologias Avançadas para o Estudo do Cérebro" (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
17
2015/09/14 - 2018/06/25
Concluded
Ciências Biomédicas (Licenciatura)
Major in Molecular
Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
17
Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2021/03/15 - 2021/12/31 Research Assistant (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2022/02/01 - Current Collaboration with CNC Science Communication Office to develop infographics about CNC research Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2018/09/10 - 2020/12/10 MSc student at Synapse Biology Lab Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2019/05 - 2019/06 Laboratory Rotation at Neuronal Circuits and Behavior Lab (CNC-UC) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2019/01 - 2019/02 Laboratory Rotation at Synapse Biology Lab (CNC-UC) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2017/07 - 2017/07 Summer Science Internship at Microbiology Development Lab Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Portugal
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Portugal
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2021 - 2021/12/31 Understanding the pathogenesis in CASPR2-antibody autoimmune synaptic encephalitis
PTDC/MED-NEU/29452/2017
Researcher
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal

Other

Designation Funders
2021 - 2021/12/31 BrainHealth2020 - Early Detection, Neuromodulation and Advanced Therapies to Brain Disorders
CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-000008
Researcher
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
European Regional Development Fund
Outputs

Publications

Conference poster
  1. Vasconcelos, Ana; Fernandes, Dominique; Santos, Sandra; Coutinho, Ester; Carvalho, Ana Luisa. "Concentration-dependent effects elicited by CASPR2 autoantibodies in the regulation of AMPA receptor trafficking and synaptic plasticity". Paper presented in Encephalitis Conference 2021, 2021.
  2. Vasconcelos, Ana; Fernandes, Dominique; Santos, Sandra; Coutinho, Ester; Carvalho, Ana Luísa. "Concentration-dependent effects elicited by CASPR2 autoantibodies in the regulation of AMPA receptor trafficking and synaptic plasticity". Paper presented in XVII Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience, 2021.
  3. Fernandes, Dominique; Vasconcelos, Ana M.; Santos, Sandra; Coutinho, Ester; Whitt, Jessica L; Beltrão, Nuno; Rondão, Tiago; et al. "Disrupted AMPA receptor function and synaptic plasticity upon genetic- or antibody-mediated loss of autism-related CASPR2". Paper presented in CIBB Annual Meeting, 2019., 2019.
  4. Fernandes, Dominique; Vasconcelos, Ana M.; Santos, Sandra; Coutinho, Ester; Whitt, Jessica L; Beltrão, Nuno; Rondão, Tiago; et al. "CASPR2 autoantibodies disrupt AMPA receptor function". Paper presented in Encephalitis Conference 2019, 2019.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. "Exploring the pathogenic mechanisms elicited by antibody-mediated loss of Caspr2 in autoimmune synaptic encephalitis". Master, Universidade de Coimbra, 2020. https://eg.uc.pt/handle/10316/93934.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/12/06 Concentration-dependent effects elicited by CASPR2 autoantibodies in the regulation of AMPA receptor trafficking and synaptic plasticity Encephalitis Conference 2021
Encephalitis Society (Londres, United Kingdom)

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2022/02/07 - 2022/02/23 Introduction to information design for life sciences | 2nd Edition
Workshop
Introduction to information design for life sciences
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2021/12/06 - 2021/12/07 Encephalitis Conference 2021
Conference
Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
2021/12/01 - 2021/12/03 XVII Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience
Conference
Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurociências, Portugal
2021/07/06 - 2021/07/15 Illustration - Introduction to Photoshop
Workshop
Nextart Centro de Formação Artística, Portugal
2021/03/06 - 2021/03/27 Desenho I - Introdução
Workshop
Desenho I - Introdução
Nextart Centro de Formação Artística, Portugal
2021/03/04 - 2021/03/05 Ilustração-Introdução
Workshop
Ilustração-Introdução
Nextart Centro de Formação Artística, Portugal
2021/01/12 - 2021/02/02 Illustration and Design for Scientists
Workshop
Scientific Illustration ANCiB
Associação Nacional de Ciências Biomédicas, Portugal
2019/10/17 - 2019/10/28 Functional Neuroanatomy Course
Other
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2021/11 - Current Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurociências (SPN)
2020 - 2021 Associação Nacional de Ciências Biomédicas
Distinctions

Award

2022 Quadro de Mérito da UC 2019/2020
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2021 1º lugar Concurso de Ilustração Científica
Associação Nacional de Ciências Biomédicas, Portugal

Other distinction

2020 Studenship "Summer Course Scientific Research Methodologies"
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal