Symbiotic interactions are one of responsible for the evolution of animal diversity on the planet. To better understand the evolutionary significance of this association in nature, my research attempts to understand the ecological drivers of bacterial communities. My research focuses on the processes and mechanisms who drive the diversity of symbiosis. For this, I am exploring connections between microbes and host phylogeny, biogeography, developmental stage, colony interaction, and diet. An eusocial insect, ant (Formicidae) is known to be hyperdiverse, with wide distribution and have important ecological roles. These characteristics make this insect an ideal study system to address my questions.
I am a Molecular and Cellular Biology with bachelor in Biological Sciences at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2010) and master’s and PhD at Molecular and Cellular Biology by Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2017) Brazil . I started my a Post Doctoral at Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA with Dr Corrie S Moreau (Moreau Lab) and now we all moved to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. I have experience in molecular biology, metagenomic and I am interested about everything related with ANTS.
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