Dr Ana Carolina JUNQUEIRA
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Junqueira earned her Bachelor's degree in biological sciences at University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil), where she also did her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Afterwards she did a lato sensu graduation in bioinformatics at the National Laboratory for Computational Science (LNCC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During this time Ana researched the development of molecular markers and mitogenomics applied to the phylogeny of flies (Diptera) and molecular identification of terrestrial arthropods. More recently, she was involved in using next generation sequencing platforms to attain mtDNA sequences from body parts and preserved specimens of insects. As a research associate at Penn State University (USA) she began studying the microbiome of carrion-feeding flies, integrating different research groups in USA, Singapore and Brazil. Now, as a senior research fellow at SCELSE, she has taken on new challenges such as studying the microbiomes of biological and mechanical vectors in infectious diseases. Ana also works with the sequencing and analysis of the complete nuclear genome of the Oriental blowfly in a population and evolutionary scale. Her main interests include microbiome of insects, genomics, metagenomics, control of infectious diseases, biology of insect vectors and evolution.