Benedita Sampaio Maia graduated in Microbiology at School of Biotechnology, Portuguese Catholic University in 1998. Finished her PhD in 2005 in Human Biology at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto aiming at characterizing the role of peripheral dopamine in chronic kidney disease (CKD). During this period developed skills in experimental models of CKD and in different methodologies to study the CKD pathophysiology from an integrative (cell, tissue and in vivo) and translational perspective (animal model vs. human pathology). In 2005/2006, started teaching activity in Microbiology at University of Porto and is currently chair of Microbiology courses at Faculty of Dental Medicine of Porto University. In 2014 was the Scientific Coordinator of the Nephrology R&D Unit Nationally funded. Is author of more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in the area of pathophysiology of CKD and human microbiology, in particular oral microbiology. Presently, is focus on unveiling the role of human microbiome in CKD pathophysiology.
- Human Microbiome - Oral microbiology - Chronic kidney disease - Forensic Microbiology