About me

Current affiliation

Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry (2020 – current)
Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil)

Past affiliation:

Research Scientist (2019-2020)
Duke University – US

Postdoctoral Associate (2016-2019)
Duke University – US

Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2016)
Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

Education:

PhD in Biochemistry (2014)
Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

MSc in Biochemistry (2010)
Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

BSc and BEd in Biological Sciences (2008)
Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

International experience:

Visiting MSc student (2009)
University of Plymouth – UK

Visiting PHd student (2013)
University College Cork – Ireland

I was born and raised in Brazil. I obtained my PhD in Biochemistry (2014), MSc in Biochemistry (2010), and my BSc and BEd in Biological Sciences (2008) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil). I was also a Visiting Master’s student at the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2009) and a Visiting PhD student at the University College Cork (Ireland) in 2013. At that time, my research focused on cellular responses to environmental pollution in fish and bivalves, and I applied such responses as biomarkers of aquatic contamination in several biomonitoring studies in Brazil.

After obtaining my PhD, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Federal University of Santa Catarina from 2014 to 2016 and studied how micropollutants and pathogens from urban sewage interact with and oxidize proteins in the blood of marine bivalves. I then moved to the US to work as a Postdoctoral Associate (2016 – 2019) and Research Scientist (2019 – 2020) at Duke University. My recent research focused on investigating the metabolic costs of environmental pollutants and other stressors in fish species, including studies on plastic pollution and the effects of small plastic particles on fish health and energy fitness. I moved back to Brazil and now work at Federal University of Santa Catarina, teaching biochemistry as Adjunct Professor at the same institution where I started my scientific career.

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