Researcher biography

Dr Fernanda Cardoso is a Brazil-born Australian researcher with passion for biodiscovery and therapeutics development. Cardoso was awarded MSc in Molecular Pharmacology and PhD in Immunology and is part of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ where she develops therapies for complex neurological diseases. The strong background in drug discovery, design and development, and interdisciplinary training in the fields of pharmacology, immunology, and neuroscience provides Dr Cardoso with the skills needed to identify naturally occurring or synthetic bioactive molecules and to study their effects in human physiology with applications in neurologic disorders such as chronic pain, IBS and neurodegenerative diseases.

Before UQ, Dr Cardoso was part of the Queensland Institute for Medical Research holding a prestigious CAPES Postdoctoral Fellowship. During this period, she developed unique HTS platforms to identify membrane surface protein and peptide targets of novel therapies to combat infectious diseases; and novel helminth-derived bioactives with anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr Cardoso is currently part of the Chemistry and Structural Biology Division and manages a number of industry and academia projects studying ion channels modulators derived from natural repertoires and the development of novel effective drugs.