I am currently a Research Microbiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overseeing different research projects and a sector of the reference diagnostic laboratory at the CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM). I have a Ph.D. and a Master degree in Microbiology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I have nearly 20 years of experience in this field.
Before joining CDC I used to be a teacher with the Rio de Janeiro state department of Education. These days my teaching activities are focused on training workshops geared to laboratorians. In these workshops I combine the theory with practical exercises to achieve the highest level of learning. For instance, to teach diagnostic parasitology I use the rationale of case studies so that students can intuitively find a way of applying diagnostic techniques and approaches to identify parasites in biological and clinical samples.
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