MD in the University Federal of Pelotas, Brazil. Residency in Neurology in the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University. Currently, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at University of Pittsburgh.
Research Regulatory Specialist
I received my undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. I have experience in regulatory and clinical coordination in pulmonary, critical care, and now Alzheimer’s research. I currently assist in coordinating the team’s research projects by submitting applications and reporting to regulatory institutions. I enjoy gaming, tennis, camping, and hiking in my free time.
Research Operations Coordinator
I completed my Master’s in Neuroscience at McGill University under Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, and am now the Research Operations Coordinator for the Pascoal Lab. While I don’t pursue research full-time anymore, I’ve previously investigated the associations of neuropsychiatric symptoms, specifically the syndrome of mild behavioral impairment, with PET imaging biomarkers in older individuals. I enjoy film clubs, farmers’ markets, and going back home to Montreal whenever I can!
I completed my master’s degree in special education at Saint Vincent College and post-graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. My research interests include adverse childhood experiences and their effect on cognitive development later in life. I also have an extensive background in behavioral interventions for the ID/A population. In my free time, you’ll either find me traveling to a new destination or spending time with my family, friends, and puppy Stella.
Data Coordinator and Analyst
I received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I help organize the databases and provide support and solutions for programming projects in the lab. In my free time, I like to make pies, cook, and play tennis!
I am a Pharmacist from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) with a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, focusing on astrocyte functionality during aging. During my Ph.D., I studied the connection between astrocytes and peripheral mediators of inflammation. I also participated in a one-year exchange student program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Additionally, I have experience working with molecular biology, biochemical assays, primary cell culture, cerebral energetic metabolism, and oxidative stress. Currently, I am a postdoctoral associate focusing on investigating glial biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease. During my spare time, I like practicing sports and traveling around.
I am a Neurologist from the São Lucas Hospital from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, as well as a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health from the University of California in San Francisco. Currently, I am working as a postdoc in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. I believe that research in biomarkers offers a powerful opportunity to better characterize neurodegenerative disorders and improve earlier diagnosis and better management of patients. My ongoing projects include the study of microglial activation in Alzheimer’s disease, and the study of the frequency and clinical impact of AD clinical syndromes and positive biomarker status among patients hospitalized in psychiatric wards in Brazil. My personal interests include a visual art project under the pseudonym of Tata Owen (last exhibition in Gallery 190 – https://memory.ucsf.edu/about/art-mac/gallery190), and a music project called Homem Café, which is influenced by rock and folk aesthetics.
I received an M.D. from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the same university. During my Ph.D., I investigated the role of non-invasive neuromodulation in treating adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I am currently a psychiatry resident at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where I am part of the Psychiatry Research Pathway under the supervision of Dr. Tharick Pascoal. My current work involves understanding the epidemiological association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and Alzheimer’s disease using clinical data and in vivo biomarkers of Alzheimer’s pathology. During my free time I like reading, playing boardgames, and traveling.
I have a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Biochemistry, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Postdoc in Biochemistry/Neurochemistry, from the Federal University of Rio Grande, do Sul, Instituto Nacional of Science and Technology (INCT). In the Pascoal Lab, I am a senior postdoctoral and my goal is to analyze through immunofluorescence techniques the expression of biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in human tissue post-Mortem. My professional interests are research about neuropathology, like Alzheimer’s Disease and stroke. I like walking in the park on a sunny day and I fight muay thai when I have more time.
I am a Biomedical Scientist (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) and a Biomedical Informatician (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil) with an M.S. in Neuroscience and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. This unique combination of expertise has allowed me to interact with key stakeholders in Health Sciences. My previous research focused on using animal models to investigate neurodevelopmental disorders and applying bioinformatics methods to analyze circular RNAs. Currently, I am focused on developing machine learning models and utilizing data-driven approaches for imaging biomarkers analysis in neurodegenerative conditions. In my spare time, I enjoy watching basketball, cooking, and baking with my wife.
I’m a Ph.D. in Biochemistry with B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. Currently, I’m a postdoc at Pascoal Lab. I have experience with neuroimaging (analysis and processing of PET and MRI) and with the application of artificial intelligence techniques for diagnosing and predicting events related to neurodegenerative diseases. My current work focuses on PET imaging harmonization using Deep Learning techniques. During my spare time, I like to play mobile games and cooking.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MD from the American University of Beirut, in addition to a Master’s degree in psychiatric research from King’s College London. I am interested in identifying biomarkers that correlate with specific symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Outside the lab, I enjoy reading, gaming, and sports!
I’m a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Currently, I’m a Postdoc at Pascoal Lab, working with fluid and imaging biomarkers. I’m comparing fluid biomarkers’ performance to predict AD pathophysiology and its applicability in clinical practice. Additionally, I’m working on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of fluid biomarkers in clinical trials. I’m passionate about dogs, sports, and books. I love photography and enjoy spending my time taking pictures in parks and random things around the city.
I received my MD from Ziauddin University in Pakistan and currently pursue a postdoc at the Pascoal Lab. I’m currently working on exploring sex differences in core biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. My hobbies include spending time in nature, cooking, and practicing yoga.
Visiting MD-PhD Student
I am a visiting scholar at the Pascoal Lab and a Biochemistry Ph.D. candidate at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) under Dr. Eduardo Zimmer’s supervision. Here, I am currently investigating the role of synaptic biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease. I live for learning, laughing, and enjoying arts.
Visiting MD-PhD Student
Tau PET imaging is an important tool to study aging and Alzheimer’s disease in research and to test the impact of therapeutics in clinical trials. However, different tau PET tracers have different affinities for tau aggregates and off-target signal profiles, making it difficult to compare results across studies using distinct tau tracers. In this study, we will compare cross-sectional and longitudinal tau measures obtained with the two most widely used tau PET tracers, [18F]Flortaucipir and [18F]MK6240, head-to-head in the same volunteers to elucidate the advantages and caveats of their use in research cohorts, clinical trials, and clinical practice.