Researcher biography

Dr Fernanda Cardoso completed her MSc in 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 to develop therapies to treat infectious diseases. During this period, she developed unique HTS platforms to identify key molecules for therapy development to combat schistosomiasis and malaria. In 2011, Dr Cardoso joined the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ to develop therapies to treat unattainable complex diseases such as chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, epilepsy and motor neuron disease. 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 from animal toxins and development of novel drugs.