Education and Training

Aballay Lab 2017
Meyer Lab 2019

Brazil, France, England, and the US: discovering science through the eyes and minds of people from different cultures.

Throughout my academic training, I had the incredible opportunity to see firsthand how science is done in different countries. Although so far these countries encompass only the Americas and Europe, I had the honor to work side by side with amazing people from African and Asian countries like Nigeria, China, India, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. I believe that doing research within this diverse background helped me not only to be personally enriched but also to think about science through different perspectives.

Postdoctoral AssociateDuke University, USA.
(2017 – 2020)
Projects:
1) Are mitochondria a major target of antimicrobial silver nanoparticles?
2) Does exposure to mitochondrial toxicants during germ cell development results in lifelong alterations in mitochondrial function mediated by epigenetic changes?
3) Role of mitochondria in pollutant-induced immunotoxicity.
Supervisor: Joel N. Meyer, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral AssociateDuke University, USA.
(2016 – 2017)
Project title: Role of the nervous system in recovery from infection.
Supervisor: Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in BiochemistryFederal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
(2012 – 2016)
Thesis title: Detection of potential oyster pathogens in Santa Catarina and study of immune and antioxidant-related defense mechanisms. (original title in Portuguese: Detecção de potenciais patógenos de ostras de cultivo em Santa Catarina e investigação de mecanismos de defesa imune e antioxidante).
Supervisor: Alcir Luiz Dafre, Ph.D.

M.S. in BiochemistryFederal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
(2010 – 2012)
Dissertation title: Effects of harmful algae and phycotoxins in hemocytes of Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas. (original title in Portuguese: Avaliação do efeito de microalgas nocivas e ficotoxinas em hemócitos de ostras do pacífico Crassostrea gigas).
Supervisor: Alcir Luiz Dafre, Ph.D.
Co-supervisor: Margherita Anna Barracco, Ph.D.

B.S. in Biological SciencesFederal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
(2005 – 2010)
Dissertation title: Use of immunological markers in the clam Anomalocardia brasiliana for assessing the environmental quality of the Marine Extractive Reserve of Pirajubae, Florianopolis/SC. (original title in Portuguese: Utilização de marcadores imunológicos no berbigão Anomalocardia brasiliana para o monitoramento da qualidade ambiental da Reserva Extrativista Marinha do Pirajubaé, Florianópolis/SC).
Supervisor: Margherita Anna Barracco, Ph.D.
Co-supervisor: Eduardo Cargnin-Ferreira, Ph.D.

ADITIONAL TRAINING

Visiting Ph.D. studentUniversity of Montpellier, France.
(2013 – 2014)
Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions Laboratory
Project: Proteomic characterization of Crassostrea gigas hemocytes after an in vitro challenge with the Ostreid herpesvirus 1 or poly I:C.
Supervisor: Caroline Montagnani, Ph.D.
Co-supervisor: Delphine Destoumieux-Garzon, Ph.D.

Visiting Research AssociateUniversity of Montpellier, France.
(June-July 2009)
Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions Laboratory
Project: Finding molecular signatures of oyster resistance to pathogens.
Supervisor: Rafael Diego da Rosa, M.S.
Co-supervisor: Delphine Destoumieux-Garzon, Ph.D.

Visiting Research AssociateUniversity of Plymouth, United Kingdom.
(August 2009)
Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre (ERIC)
Project: Effects of selenium supplementation in the antioxidant defenses and DNA damage in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis under a copper challenge.
Supervisor: Rafael Trevisan, B.S.
Co-supervisor: Alan John Moody, Ph.D.

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