Researcher biography

Dr Fernanda Cardoso completed her MSc in Molecular Pharmacology (2002) and PhD in Immunology (2008) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2008 Dr Cardoso joined the Queensland Institute for Medical Research in Brisbane holding a prestigious CAPES Postdoctoral Fellowship. During this period, she developed unique HTS platforms to identify key membrane surface proteins and peptides to develop novel therapies to combat infectious diseases. In 2011, Dr Cardoso joined the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ to develop therapies to treat complex neurological diseases. Her background in drug discovery, design and development, and her interdisciplinary training in the fields of pharmacology, immunology, and neuroscience provide her with the skills needed to identify and characterise highly potent bioactive molecules and to study their effects in human physiology with applications in neurologic disorders such as chronic pain, IBS and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr Cardoso is currently part of the Centre for Pain Research and Prof Richard Lewis' group. She manages a number of industry and academia projects studying ion channels modulators derived from bioactive natural molecules and the development of novel effective drugs.