High School – Brazil; University (2001-2004) – Brazil. PhD University of Dundee (2009-2014) – UK.
MSc Genetics and PhD Plant Sciences
University of Dundee
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
University of Dundee
Favourite thing to do in science I love to discover the secrets of life, for example, did you know plants have clocks telling them when it’s the best time to flower? I really want to know how this clock works.
Work? I like it so much that I don’t see it as work.
I’m a research scientist, working for the University of Dundee. I do experiments in the lab and do lots of analyses using my computer. It doesn’t stop there, I attend meetings, give seminars and help new students in the lab.
I’m really interested in plants and how they live. We know that plants have a clock to measure time and they use it to get ready for the cold nights and sunny days. I really want to know how this clock works.
My Typical Day
I could either be nice to my plants and water them carefully or chop them into tiny little pieces to extract their DNA and analyse it — I want to find the plant molecular clock.
In a typical day at work, I’d start by checking emails and my little plants growing. Then, I’d spend some time in the computer analysing data, reading about a new technique and planing for my next experiment. In the lab, I would prepare for the next experiment and carry it out. I would probably attend a meeting to either tell my lab members about my results or listen to theirs.
What I'd do with the money
I would give the money to a charity school in Brazil
I would give the money to a school in my home town in Brazil, which is mainly run through donations. The money would be used for a science communication project and pay, for example, for science experiment kits, microscopes or science books. More info of the school here (sorry it’s in Portuguese): http://escolasairp.org.br/doacoes.html
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Independent, adventurous and logical
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Playing paintball in the rain, I felt like Rambo!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once or twice, but it was never my fault :-P
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Teaching students to become scientists.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My teachers — they’re very smart, aren’t they?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Physician, I guess.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A successful career, a happy family and good health.
Tell us a joke.
Why is the mushroom always invited to parties? Because he’s a fungi!