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My research interests are centred on the study of mycotoxigenic fungal ecophysiology in current and predicted climate scenarios, the use of eco-friendly strategies to mitigate mycotoxins, challenges to development of methods to detect mycotoxins in the supply chain, and building risk assessment and predictive modelling, all aimed at enhancing food safety, particularly in the context of applied mycology and sustainability.



My first degree was Food Technology (Federal University of Technology, Brazil, 2012), where gained qualifications in microbiology, biochemistry, and chemistry applied to food science and nutrition. Later, I specialized in food microbiology during the master’s degree (University of Campinas, Brazil, 2014) and expanded my expertise to multidisciplinary subjects within the AgriFood field, such as applied mycology, molecular biology, mycotoxin research and analytical chemistry through my PhD (Cranfield University, UK, 2019). After the conclusion of the Ph. D., I spent some time outside of academia (2019-20), working as a consultant and technical writer for companies. Soon after, I won a postdoctoral grant to develop a project at the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil, 2021-22). As the next step in my career, I worked as researcher at the University of Malta (Malta) in the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition department. Currently, I am a senior lecturer in Microbiology/ Applied Mycology in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at University of Hertfordshire. 



Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mycology, PhD, Cranfield University

Jun 2015Feb 2019

Award Date: 20 Feb 2019

Food Science - Microbiology, MSc, University of Campinas

Feb 2012Aug 2014

Award Date: 26 Aug 2014

External positions

Researcher (RSOIII), University of Malta

Jun 2022Jan 2024

Postdoctoral Fellow, Federal University of Santa Maria – UFSM

Dec 2020Mar 2022


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