I was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and lived in St. Louis, Hong Kong, and New York before moving to Oxford in 2007. Here I completed the undergraduate Biological Science course run jointly by the Zoology and Plant Sciences departments. I began my DPhil in October 2010, supervised jointly by Martin and Dag Harmsen at the University of Münster, Germany, under the Patho-NGen-Trace project.
I am interested in genetically monomorphic bacteria (who never or rarely recombine and have very little genetic diversity within the species), especially those that cause disease in humans. Currently I am looking at Bordetella pertussis, which causes whooping cough, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. I want to know more about how they evolve, whether it is driven by selection or drift, and why organisms with such different life histories can nevertheless have similar population structure.
- Regular contributor and former Editor-in-Chief of Bang! Science Magazine
- Currently Section Editor and former contributor to Phenotype Journal