I am originally from Portugal, where I obtained my BS in Biology at the University of Coimbra. Subsequently, I did my PhD with Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of aging. I found that during aging, and before accumulation of genetic damage, a decline in NAD+ reprograms muscle cells to induce cancer-related metabolic pathways to drive muscle dysfunction. Following my PhD, I did a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. John Blenis where I explored the role of aging as a determinant of cancer progression and metastasis formation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling the world and getting to know new cultures. I also really enjoy music and love to go to concerts and dancing.
I grew up in Turkey, and came to the US to do my undergraduate studies at Williams College where I double majored in Biochemistry and Economics. It was during this time that I fell in love with research. I went on to do a Ph.D. followed by a postdoc with Dr. John Blenis first at Harvard University and later at Weill Cornell Medicine studying how oncogenic signaling driven by MAPK/ERK pathway drives an epigenetic reprogramming essential for metastasis formation. In the Gomes Lab, I study age-related epigenetic and metabolic mechanisms of immune regulation. In addition to science, I love reading dystopian fiction and baking. I also really enjoy traveling! So far, Italy is my favorite destination, but looking forward to see other counties that will make me change my mind.
I was born and raised in a small village in the east of Turkey. I moved to the US in 2011 to pursue my bachelor’s degree. I graduated from Monroe College with a BS in Information and Technology. Over the past few years I have worked on web designing and social media marketing before I turned to coding and data analysis. Helping people has always been dear to me and as such I decided to use my skills to help identifying new treatments that can help cancer patients. In the Gomes Lab I use in silico data analysis tools to find new age-driven mechanisms that aid tumor progression. I am a people’s person, so outside the lab I really enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people. I also love to travel and really enjoy winter and water sports.
Prior to joining Moffitt in 2018, I provided over a decade of complex administrative support in the professional services industry serving the Fortune 500. I am passionate about providing effective support to all aspects of research administration, in particular, by gaining efficiencies through process improvement and effective communications. I have authored procedure manuals which have helped to facilitate learning, as well as to ensure business continuity. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in Art History and Classical Civilization from Florida State University. A native of New York City, I’ve also resided in Metro DC and now call Tampa home. Outside of work, I enjoy time spent with family, travelling, visiting museums, reading and running races. I completed my first half marathon in February 2020.