In 2009, I received my PhD in molecular biology from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), the reference Institution in Public Health and biomedical research in Brazil. My thesis focused on Mycobacterium leprae diagnostics using real-time PCR as a novel method to utilize different clinical samples with point–of-care feasibility to improve clinical management and leprosy diagnosis. I moved to the USA to join a tuberculosis laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010 and for two years my work focused on understanding the mechanisms behind M. tuberculosis virulence and pathogenesis. My second postdoc was in a Lyme disease laboratory where I investigated the role of inflammation on the central nervous system in non-human primate models infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). I am currently a Research Scientist at Tulane University where I investigate the molecular mechanisms that contribute to intracranial aneurysm pathogenesis. My research interests include development of molecular assays for diagnostic purposes, the study of transcriptional regulation events of infectious diseases, and neurological disorders. My ultimate goal as an academic investigator is to be able to translate the knowledge acquired from basic science into effective clinical applications.