Research Assistant, and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Fellowship

PhD in Pathobiology program

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I was raised by a village of Brazilian women (my single mother and friends) in Orlando, Florida. In the 5th grade, I fell in love with studying infectious diseases; and in my freshman year of high school, I became enamored with viruses. I attended the University of Central Florida where I earned a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in music specializing in the violin. I then completed an NIH-funded post-bac program at UC Berkeley characterizing antivirals of KSHV. In my free time here, I love to do anything that involves good music: disco dancing, karaoke, a vinyl bar, an Irish folk circle... you name it! 

Why did you decide to attend the UW for graduate school?

I have an interest in global/public health with a focus on understanding the science behind infectious diseases. The Pathobiology program was the only graduate program with the fluidity to experience the best of both worlds. Additionally, there was a long list of faculty members that I would be ecstatic to work with.    

What are your research interests? 

My research interest is in virology. I joined the Pathobiology program open to exploring any interesting infectious agent, but viruses have always been my bread and butter.  

What are you enjoying most about your graduate program?

I am enjoying learning from various faculty members across multiple disciplines and departments. Not a day goes by when I do not learn something new, and I love learning new things!   

Did your award influence your decision to attend UW? 

After interviewing, I felt in my bones that this program is where I am meant to be. The award was a comfort in confirming that the feelings were mutual. I am deeply grateful for the support. It greatly helped financially when moving and continues to be a strong reminder that people believe in me.