Board of Directors

The Portuguese Society for Immunology Board of Direction

The SPI board of direction have legal responsibilities and must ensure the Society is well-run, financially sound, and that it meets its objectives. As outlined in the SPI rules, each Board is elected by the membership and serves for a three-year period.

Details of the Board of Direction

Luís Graça

Luís Graça


Luis Graça has an MD from the University of Lisbon, Portugal; and a PhD in transplant immunology from the University of Oxford, UK. He developed his post-doctoral research first in Oxford and later at the Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, Australia. Since 2005 he is Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon Medical School, directing a research group in Cellular Immunology at Instituto de Medicina Molecular. His most significant scientific contributions have been related with the development of strategies related to overcome immunogenicity and transplant rejection, as well as in the induction of immune tolerance in autoimmunity and allergy. Among these topics he has significant publications related to the biology of different types of regulatory T cells.

Instituto Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa

Margarida Saraiva

Margarida Saraiva


Margarida Saraiva obtained a degree in Biochemistry in 1997 by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. After 4 years (1999-2002) of research on Poxvirus Immune Evasion, in Antono Alcami’s lab, at Cambridge University (UK), Margarida was awarded her PhD. She then moved to Anne O’Garra’s lab, at the National Instiute for Medical Research (London), where she investigated the molecular mechanisms that regulate the expression of Interleukin-10 by immune cells. In 2007, Margarida returned to Portugal and joined the Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) at Universidade do Minho (Braga), as a Ciência 2007 fellow. Since June 2015, Margarida leads the Immune Regulation group at IBMC (Porto), dedicated to the study of host and pathogen molecular mechanisms in place during the innate immune response to mycobacteria.

Immune Regulation (IBMC-associated group)
I3S-IBMC, Universidade do Porto

Susana Lopes da Silva

Secretary General

Susana Lopes da Silva has an MD (1997) and a Master in Medical Immunology (2007), from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She trained in Immunoallergology in Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon and is currently a consultant in that Department. Her main clinical activity has been in the field of Primary Immunodeficiencies, being responsible for the Adults Clinic in Centro de Imunodeficiências Primárias, Lisboa (HSM, IMM, FMUL) since its foundation in 2007. She is also a researcher at Ana E Sousa Lab, IMM, Lisbon, developing projects mainly focused on mechanisms of human immunodeficiency and immunological reconstitution.

Centro de Imunodeficiências Primárias, CIDP, Lisboa

Nuno Alves


Nuno L. ALves has a Master in Biology from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Amsterdam. Throughout his career as Immunologist, he has been interested in the mechanisms underlying the homeostasis of T cells, which represent a chief arm of the immune system. Following his Ph.D. at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, he developed his post-doctoral research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Currently, he holds the position of Principal Investigator at the IBMC/I3S in Porto. His research has focused on the thymus, the generative organ for T-cell production. Particularly, his laboratory is focused in studying the differentiation of thymic epithelial cells (TECs), which play a prominent role in T-cell development and in the establishment of immune tolerance.

Thymus Development and Function,
I3S-IBMC, Universidade do Porto

Luís Teixeira

Scientific Secretary

Luís Teixeira has a degree in Microbiology and Genetics from Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Faculty of Medicine University of Lisbon, which research was carried out at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany. He did a postdoc at Cambridge University, UK, on Drosophila antiviral resistance. Luis Teixeira is head of a research group at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, since 2009, focused on host-microbe interactions. His research group uses Drosophila as a model system to study animal innate immunity and as model for arthropod vectors of human diseases. Google Scholar (link

Host-microorganism interactions lab, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência