She was graduated in Nutrition from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). She did a Specialization in Nutrition Area at Santa Casa de Misericórdia in Rio de Janeiro and a Residency in Nutrition at Pedro Ernesto University Hospital (Rio de Janeiro). She holds a Ph.D. in Science from the University of São Paulo (USP). She was a postdoctoral fellowship in the clinical research laboratory in insulin resistance at the School of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP from 2002 to 2006 and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)/Harvard Medical School in Boston from 2006 to 2009. She is currently Professor of Nutrition at the School of Applied Sciences (FCA) of UNICAMP at the Campus of Limeira, São Paulo, where she coordinates the Laboratory of Molecular Research in Obesity (LabIMO). Her research line is about the identification and understanding of the physiological, pathophysiological, and molecular mechanisms that control food intake. In this line, she has international publications that have identified signaling proteins in the hypothalamus and reward system that participate in the control of food intake, contributing to the genesis of obesity. She has international publications demonstrating the importance of the gut microbiota in the regulation of body weight and food intake. Also, she has ongoing research projects that investigate possible pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms involved in the management of food intake in the face of environmental challenges, such as consumption of very palatable diets (cafeteria diet) and exposure to air pollution.
(Source: Lattes Curriculum)