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Filipa Vaz


M.S. in Applied Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, 2009

Current position

Ph.D. student at the Bacterial Cell Surfaces and Pathogenesis Laboratory, ITQB-UNL supervision of Prof. Sergio R. Filipe in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Petros Ligoxygakis  (01/2012-present)


  1. Monteiro, J. M.*, Fernandes, P. B.*, Vaz, F., Pereira, A. R., Tavares, A. C., Ferreira, M. T., Pereira, P. M., Veiga, H., Kuru, E., VanNieuwenhze, M. S., Brun, Y. V., Filipe, S. R. and Pinho, M. G. (2015). Cell shape dynamics during the staphylococcal cell cycle. Nat Commun 6: 8055.
  2. Gravato-Nobre, M. J., Vaz, F., Chalmers, R. and Hodgkin, J. (2015). The Invertebrate lysozyme effector ILYS-3 is systemically activated in response to danger signals and confers antimicrobial protection in C. elegans. Plos Pathog.
  3. Covas, G., Vaz, F., Henriques, G., Pinho, M. G. and Filipe, S. R. (2015). Analysis of cell wall teichoic acids in Staphylococcus aureus. Bacterial Cell Wall Homeostasis.
  4. Vaz, F. and Filipe, S. R. (2015). Preparation and analysis of crude autolytic enzyme extracts from Staphylococcus aureus. Bio-protocol 5(24): e1687.
  5. Atilano, M. L.*, Pereira, P. M.*, Vaz, F., Catalão, M. J., Reed, P., Grilo, I. R., Sobral, R. G., Ligoxygakis, P., Pinho, M. G. and Filipe, S. R. (2014). Bacterial autolysins trim cell surface peptidoglycan to prevent detection by the Drosophila innate immune system. Elife 3: e02277.
Protocols by Filipa Vaz
  1. Preparation and Analysis of Crude Autolytic Enzyme Extracts from Staphylococcus aureus