Ana Caroline Paiva Gandara

Ana Caroline Paiva Gandara

Assistant Scientist



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I was born in Brazil and have developed my whole scientific career at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil. Most of my experience was studying biochemistry and redox metabolism of hematophagous insects, with a focus in NADPH-oxidase and mitochondria roles in the gut. Because of my early involvement with science, I could mentor many students, be on undergraduate committees and collaborate with different research groups, which has yielded me several publications as co-author. Since high school, I have often attended and presented posters at different national and international scientific meetings. I have also been involved with university outreach and science communication practices, as lectures in high schools, live events for the lay public, articles to diverse science communication media, and becoming a permanent volunteer in the traditional science museum “Espaço Ciência Viva” at Rio de Janeiro city, as a specialist monitor. From February 2018 to June 2022, I worked at the BMB department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a postdoctoral fellow for Dr. Daniela Drummond-Barbosa. Using the insect model system Drosophila melanogaster, I study the effects of thermal stress on gametogenesis. I want to pursue a career in academic research, as an insect stress physiology specialist.


2007 Biology Education degree – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 M.Sc. Biochemistry – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Ph.D. Biochemistry – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014-2017 Post-doc – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018-2022 Post-doc – Johns Hopkins University