I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate working at the Plastic Vectors Project - Microbial hitch-hikers of marine plastics: the survival, persistence and ecology of microbial communities in the “Plastisphere’’ funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council).
My main role in this project is to evaluate the colonisation dynamics of viruses, bacteria and toxic algae in microplastics and its implications in human health.
In 2016 I completed my Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Biosciences by the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil evaluating the enteric viruses thermal and temporal persistence in different water matrices.
During my Masters degree (Biotechnology - UFSC) I monitored the contamination of different pathogenic viruses and bacteria in seawater samples employed as bathing areas and/or shellfish cultivation.
B.s C. Biological Sciences (UFSC)