Dr. Silveira received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont. His graduate work with Dr. Paula Tracy involved assessing the effects of post-translational modifications on the function of factor V, a critical component of the coagulation cascade. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Silveira obtained a postdoctoral fellowship and worked with Dr. Byron Caughey’s prion research group at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratory facility in Hamilton, Montana. Dr. Silveira’s research on prions established a relationship between prion infectivity and the size of prion protein aggregates, revealing that smaller aggregates are inherently more infectious than larger ones. In 2006, Dr. Silveira returned to Vermont and joined the faculty of the Biochemistry department where he serves as a lecturer and a member of Dr. Paula Tracy’s research group. In 2011 he was promoted to Assistant Professor.