PUCRS-PrInt researchers report postdoctoral experiences
In 2021, University welcomed three scholars on Institutional Project of Internationalization
Three new researchers have joined different research facilities at PUCRS on the Institutional Project of Internationalization (PUCRS-PrInt). They were selected as Postdoctoral Researcher with Experience Abroad and have shared a little about their experience at PUCRS. Check it out:
Audrey Menegaz Proença is working on the cooperation project Genomic Advances and their Impacts on the Study of Biodiversity, associated with the priority theme Technology and Biodiversity:
“As a postdoctoral fellow in PUCRS’ PrInt program, I’ve been working at the Institute of Petroleum and Natural Resources (IPR) and at the School of Health and Life Sciences’ Laboratory of Immunology and Microbiology. Within the area of microbiology, I look into metabolic characteristics of microorganisms from underexplored environments, especially deep marine sediments. These sediments were collected during oceanographic missions organized by IPR, in a multidisciplinary effort to characterize the Rio Grande Cone, a methane hydrate reserve on the continental margin in the south of Brazil. At the same time, I’m collaborating with the University of California, San Diego (USA), to investigate the evolutionary origins of aging, using bacteria as an object of study. Through quantitative investigations of the physiology of these organisms, our intention is to unveil the implications of aging for survival to environmental stresses and even to antibiotic treatments. Thus, my PrInt research involves both environmental aspects and public health issues.”
Letícia Matter is working on the cooperation project Advances in drug development, diagnosis and epidemiology of neglected diseases, associated with the priority area Health in Human Development:
“My postdoctoral study is associated with the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology and the project is being developed at PUCRS’ Research Center on Molecular and Functional Biology. At the Center, the following professors work together: Dr. Cristiano Valim Bizarro, Dr Pablo Machado and Dr. Luiz Augusto Basso. The postdoctoral research project consists of applying the CRISPRi System to the study of molecular targets for the development of new drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis. I am so excited about PUCRS. The University has a wonderful physical structure, state-of-the-art equipment and a very active, ambitious and up-to-date faculty. I also have to mention the Institution’s efforts in making the campus very pleasant, clean and with vibrant nature, full of trees, gardens and birds. After all, we are talking about a University that is as good as other universities overseas.”
In addition to Audrey and Leticia, postdoctoral fellow Mauro Neves Muniz is also working at PUCRS’ Research Center on Molecular and Functional Biology. Muniz is working on the cooperation project Advances in drug development, diagnosis and epidemiology of neglected diseases, associated with the priority area Health in Human Development.