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Dr Adriana Saraiva

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology (Dunedin)
QualificationsMSc in Oral Pathology, PhD in Cell Biology
Research summaryEtiopathogenesis of autoimmunity and cancer. Microbiome and immune system interaction
TeachingCytology and histology
ClinicalNeoplasia, endometriosis, autoimmune disease


Laboratory support to a wide range of research projects undertaken in the Molecular and Translational Cancer Research Group.

  • Investigating a potential role of Δ133p53 in cell traffic cells in neoplasia
  • Investigating the clinical significance of p53 isoforms in the endometriosis (human study)
  • Investigating the role of Δ133p53 in the malignant behaviours of endometriosis - infiltration, metastasis and cell transformation (animal model)

Experienced: Cellular and Molecular pathology of autoimmune disease (arthritis), sterile inflammation (hepatitis induced by medicine) and cancer. Microbiome and immune system interaction. Bone metabolism in autoimmune disease, infection disease, pregnancy and lactation.