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The Portuguese-American Post-graduate Society is an independent, non-profit organization, with no political affiliations. Its objectives are to stimulate the development of strong relationships between the Portuguese postgraduate community living in North America and the American society while, simultaneously, promoting their home country. Welcome!
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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee for 2015-2016:

Silvia Curado

President

Sí­lvia Curado

New York University

New York, NY

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Silvia Curado, Ph.D. holds a position as Research Assistant Professor at the New York University (NYU) and is the Scientific Program Manager of the NYU Nanomedicine Center, which comprises 13 laboratories in the U.S. (NYU Medical Center, Columbia Univ. and Univ. of Pennsylvania) and Europe (Weizmann Institute, ETH Zurich, Imperial College of London, Stuttgart Univ.) aiming at improving cell therapy by manipulating cell differentiation through mechanical stimuli. Previously she carried out her postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on regenerative medicine, focusing on heart and liver regeneration using zebrafish as genetic model system. She holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular / Developmental Biology (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany). Throughout her career she has, in parallel to her research, been involved in multiple leadership activities and has received a Certificate in Business Administration (University of California, Berkeley), co­founded the Business Club at UCSF and served as consultant at the UCSF QB3 New Ventures Consulting Program.


Cristina Oliveira

Vice-President

Cristina Oliveira

Space Telescope Science Institute

Baltimore, MD

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Cristina was born in Lisbon, where she graduated with a major in Physics Engineering. She has lived in the USA since 1995, where she obtained her Masters in Physics (American University) and her PhD in Astrophysics. (The Johns Hopkins University). Today she is an Astronomer in the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore e leads the team of scientists working in two scientific instruments in the Hubble Space Telescope. Although she has been an active member of the Washington DC Chapter since 2014, her first PAPS Forum was in 2014: “Portugal: Greater than its borders”. In the Forum, Cristina spoke about “Portuguese researchers abroad and the creation of research networks” and witnessed, for the first time, the energy and enthusiasm of the PAPS community in contributing to the development of their members, the Portuguese community in North America and the Portugal­-North America relationships. In her free time, Cristina goes for walks in Maryland, both in the winter and the other seasons. In the summer, she is usually completely covered in insect repellent.


Angela Crespo

Vice-President

Ângela Crespo

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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Ângela was born in Lisbon, where she graduated from Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa with a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and followed that with a Masters in Human Molecular Biology in the same university. Her Master’s thesis work was developed in the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. She has lived in Boston since 2010, doing research in pregnancy immunology at Harvard University, as part of the BEB doctoral program from Universidade de Coimbra. She has been co­leader of the Boston chapter since 2012 and was part of the organizing committee of PAPS Forum in Boston (2013). She has also collaborated with the Boston Portuguese Festival in 2014 and 2015. Ângela leads a double life ­ scientist during the day and salsa dancer at night. No, she doesn’t accept tips.


Lui­s Neves

Treasurer

Luís Neves

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

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Luís is a Biochemical Engineer and was born in the Portuguese region of Ribatejo. He graduated from the Universidade de Coimbra with a major in Biomedical Engineering. In 2006 he decided to move to the USA as an exchange student. He obtained his PhD by the University of Oklahoma in the end of 2012. Luís’s area of knowledge is focused on the development of innovative nanotherapies without recurring to pharmacologic agents. Today he works as a Principal Investigator in a startup biomedical engineering company and also in a research lab in the University of Louisville. Luis has been a member of PAPS since 2012 and has actively participated in fundraising for PAPS ever since. In 2013, Luís became the PAPS treasurer. In his free time, Luis enjoys walking outdoors and going out with his friends.