Accepting graduate students

  • Master’s - Yes
  • PhD - Yes

Research themes

  • Innate immune response to respiratory viral infections
  • Neutrophil and macrophage biology during respiratory viral infections
  • Mechanisms of innate cell death triggered by respiratory viruses
  • Lytic cell death and its role during respiratory viral infections
  • Therapeutic targets for respiratory viral infections

Keywords

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus, SARS-CoV-2
  • Neutrophils and macrophages
  • Innate immunity
  • Disease pathogenesis
  • Cell death

Research groups

  • Innate Immunity to Respiratory Viruses, University of Manitoba

Research summary

Dr. Porto’s research program aims to understand the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis associated with respiratory viral infections and discover new therapeutic targets to reduce the respiratory morbidity caused by different respiratory viruses. One of the goals of Dr. Porto’s research program is to uncover how respiratory viruses trigger the death of neutrophils and macrophages, specialized innate immune cells and the role of innate cell death on disease pathogenesis. Her long-term goal is to expand these studies to understand the mechanisms underlying disease pathophysiology associated with different respiratory viral infections, including RSV, influenza, rhinovirus and SARS-CoV-2.

 

Biography

Dr. Barbara Porto is an assistant professor in medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis associated to respiratory viral infections.

Dr. Porto studied Biological Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She then completed her graduate work at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), working on the molecular mechanisms of neutrophil activation triggered by sterile inflammation. Back to her hometown, Dr. Porto held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul working with innate immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection.

Dr. Porto has also worked as an adjunct professor at the same university, where she supervised four graduate and nine undergraduate students and taught different courses for graduate students.

In Toronto, Canada, Dr. Porto held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, also working on innate immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection.

Dr. Porto has been frequently contributing as a peer reviewer to high impact scientific journals and to international funding agencies. As a recognition of her contribution to high quality research in Brazil, Dr. Porto was awarded with the Research Productivity Award by the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development.

Education

  • PhD in Microbiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009)
  • Masters in Experimental Pathology, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil (2005)
  • Specialization Course, Applied Toxicology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2002)
  • Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (1999)

Awards

  • Research Productivity Award, National Council of Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil (2018)
  • Travel Award for the 15th International Congress of Immunology (Milan, Italy), National Council of Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil (2013)
  • Travel Award for the American Thoracic Society International Conference (San Francisco, USA), Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, Brazil (2012)

ORCID profile

Visit Bárbara Porto’s ORCID profile for a complete listing, or view her ResearchGate profile.

Bárbara Porto’s profile

Contact us

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada

204-789-3299
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