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Victor de Sousa Agostino

Victor de Sousa Agostino


Victor was born and raised in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he completed his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo (USP). In the last years of his undergraduate studies, Victor worked at the Department of Parasitology (USP) with Leishmania spp, the aethiological agent of an important neglected disease called leishmaniasis. He developed luminescent parasites aiming to improve the drug testing of new treatments to this disease. During that time, he attended to a student mobility programme as a research student for one year in Germany at the Faculty of Biology, University of Münster. Currently, Victor is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Chemistry in Durham University. His project will focus on trying to expand the arsenal against leishmaniasis, an important neglected disease, based on repurposing strategies combined with synthetical chemistry techniques.


Department of Chemistry

PhD Project

Repurposing old drugs to refresh the anti-leishmanial pipeline



Supervisory Team

Prof Patrick Steel (Department of Chemistry)

Dr Paul Denny (Department of Biosciences)

Dr Silivia Uliana (University of Sao Paulo)

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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