Prof. Dr. Graça Ferreira-Dias
University of Lisbon, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Animal Health
Graça Ferreira-Dias is a Full Professor of Physiology in the Department of Morphology and Function, in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM), at the University of Lisbon (ULisboa), in Lisbon, Portugal. She got her Veterinary Medicine degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, in Lisbon. After working for two years in the national program of brucellosis, mycoplasmosis and tuberculosis eradication in ruminants in Portugal, she went to the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL., USA. There, she pursued her Master´s of Science in Animal Science, and her PhD in Physiology at the School of Medicine, while she was a teaching assistant in Physiology. When returning to Portugal, she served as a Director of the Sub-Centre for Artificial Insemination in Cattle. Later, she started her academic career at FVM/ULisboa, as a Professor of Physiology, where she has carried out her research on mare reproduction, aiming at reproductive endocrinology and pathophysiology of the mare ovary (corpus luteum), endometrium and oviduct. She has also pursued some nutritional studies on Lusitano mares. Her main interest has been on endometrosis, mainly focusing on the role of neutrophil extracellular traps and most recently on epigenetics on equine endometrium and placenta. G. Ferreira-Dias research has been awarded scientific prizes in the USA, Portugal and Poland. She has been the principal investigator of a number of research projects, which enabled the prosecution of the work carried out by her numerous Post-graduate, MSc and PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows.