• Full Name: Cláudia Portes Santos Silva
  • Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Address: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
    Laboratorio de Avaliaçao e Promoção da Saúde Ambiental (LAPSA)
    Av. Brasil 4365 - Manguinhos
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ - 21045-900
  • Telephone: +55 (21) 25984378 ext. 139
  • Fax: +55(21) 25606474 ext. 3
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1982: BSc/Lic. Biological Sciences, Universidade Santa Úrsula, RJ, Brazil.

1989: MSc, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - Museu Nacional, RJ, Brazil.

Thesis: [Revision of the genus Aspidodera Railliet & Henry, 1912 (Nematoda: Heterakoidea) with new synonyms and a key to the species.]

1997: PhD, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Biofísica Carlos C. Filho, RJ, Brazil

Thesis: [Studies on Atriaster heterodus Lebedev & Paruchin, 1969: redescription, ultrastructure, nutrition, spermatogenesis and vitellogenesis, including the redescription of Polylabris tubicirrus (Paperna & Kohn, 1964) (Monogenea: Polyopisthocotylea), both species parasites of Diplodus argenteus (Val., 1830) (Osteichthyes: Sparidae).]




  • Universidade Santa Úrsula - Auxiliary Professor, 12/84-04/91
      Chair of Helminthology

  • Universidade Santa Úrsula - Assistant Professor/Researcher, 05/91-07/93
      Lectures on Helminthology and Modern Concepts of Biological Research

  • Universidade Santa Úrsula - Adjunct Professor/Researcher, 08/93-07/97
      Lectures on Helminthology and Modern Concepts of Biological Research

  • Universidade Santa Úrsula - Senior Professor/Researcher, 08/97-11/01
      Lectures on Helminthology, Imunopathology of schistosomiasis and Fundamental Biology for the undergraduates in Biological Sciences and on Ichthyoparasitology for post-graduate students of an MSc Course on Biological Oceanography.

  • Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - Adjunct Professor/Researcher, 11/01- 09/02
      Faculdade de Ciências Biológicas, Exatas and Experimentais.

  • Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - Senior Researcher (Pesquisador Adjunto), 09/02 - present.
      Dep. de Biologia - LAPSA



    Head of the Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Santa Úrsula, May, 1991-July, 1993

    Coordinator of a Technical Course on Research on Parasite Biology and a Specialized Technical Course on Parasite Biology and Biotecnology, 2009 to Present.






    As a young worker, I had the good fortune to study with Dr Herman Lent and other members of the Travassos school of parasitology, which is well known throughout the world. Dr Lent especially showed me how interesting taxonomic studies on nematodes can be. Later, at the Institute of Oswaldo Cruz, I was infected by the icthyoparasitology 'bug', and when I started studying marine monogeneans, I simply fell in love with them! However, in addition to fish parasites, I have also worked on a variety of parasites, ranging from minute, gut-less trematodes from bats to large ascaridoid nematodes from whales. Although, my investigations have mainly been taxonomic, I have also been involved with electron microscopy, cytochemistry and histochemistry. In recent years, I have become interested in the enormous biodiversity of the Neotropical region and especially marine parasitology along the coast of Brazil, where my main interests are focused on the parasites of wild fishes of economic importance and/or with a potential for mariculture.

    Nowadays, at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, I am also working, together with the LAPSA team, on schistosomiasis, using my taxonomic experience to help identify the different larva digeneans found in the same molluscan intermediate host. Educational programmes with which I am involved also focus on human and environmental health.




  • Internship, Departamento de Helmintologia, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, with Prof. Amilcar Arandas Rêgo, 1981-1983.

  • Visiting Researcher, Laboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Peixes, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, with Dr Anna Kohn, 1990-1995

  • Visiting Researcher,Laboratory of Helminthology, Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autônoma de México, with Drs Rafael Lamothe-Argumedo and Margarida Bravo-Hollis, June, 1990.

  • Visiting Researcher, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, with Dr Helmut Sattman, Head of the Department of Invertebrates, October, 1995.

  • Visiting Researcher, The Natural History Museum, London, August, 1997 to work with Dr David Gibson, Head of the Parasitic Worms Division.

  • Visiting Researcher, The Natural History Museum, London, August, 1998 to work with Dr David Gibson, Head of the Parasitic Worms Division.

  • Visiting Researcher, Istituto di Parassitologia, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, December, 1998 to work with Prof. Lia Paggi.

  • Visiting Researcher, Natural History Museum, London, 2005.

  • Visiting Researcher, Universita degli Studi La Sapienza, Rome, 2006.

  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of Parasitology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2008.







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