PhD, Universidade Federal da Bahia
MSc, Universidade Federal da Bahia
The goal of my current research is to study lipid-induced responses to identify new biomarkers that can be used to monitor tuberculosis in patients. I’m Brazilian, born and was raised and educated in Salvador, Bahia. From the time I was an undergraduate, I have had one interest: to understand how a pathogen’s genetic load and its virulence factors influence the development and outcome of neglected infectious diseases. Prior to my research carreer I have used molecular biology tools to evaluate how genetically distinct pathogens influence outcome and drug susceptibility in diseases such as meningitis, leptospirosis and leishmaniasis.
Recently, in an effort to improve the quality of science in Brazil, the national government created the 'Science without Borders' program. This program enabled me to pursue post-doctoral work with Dr. Lee Riley at the University of California, Berkeley, where I study the role of bacterial cell wall lipids in the pathogenicity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In this project I’ve studied the mechanisms involved in control of the cell wall’s lipid expression in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using a high-throughput metabolomics analysis tool.
Queiroz, A. Association between an Emerging Disseminated form of Leishmaniasis and Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis Strain Polymorphisms. J. Clin. Microbiol. 2012, 50(12):4028. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.02064-12.