Name: Isadora Lima
Place: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)
Career Level: Postdoc
Research Key Words: Visceral leishmaniasis, animal models, pathogenesis, inflammatory response, granulomatous response
Likes: I am interested in investigating the inflammatory response in different infectious and parasite diseases, in order to find tools to modulate the inflammatory response, aiming to find a way to help the organism to overcome infections, especially parasites, such as Leishmania.
Dislikes: Lack of antibodies and other specific reagents for dogs!
Recent Publication: Assessment of histological liver alterations in dogs naturally infected with Leishmania infantum, Lima, IS et al, in Parasites Vectors
Profile: I work investigating the influence of the disorganization of the splenic white pulp on the severity of diseases and the histological changes in the liver, especially the granulomatous response in the liver of dogs with canine visceral leishmaniasis. My main research interests are the pathology of visceral leishmaniasis, focusing on the granulomatous response and its effects on the outcome of the disease. I am also interested in finding tools to modulate the inflammatory response, in order to find a way to help the body overcome the parasite infection. I have experience with some techniques, such as IHC, immunofluorescence, LCMD and PCR.
My perfect research partner: I am interested in collaborations with researchers from different parts of the world who are involved in the study of the pathology of infectious and parasitic diseases, more specifically in the inflammatory response present in these diseases, and in potential targets to modulate such response. I am specifically interested in collaborations that can improve my skills in molecular techniques such as in situ hybridization, in addition to having great interest in studies with a special focus on the histopathology of different infectious diseases.