Researcher biography

Dr. Fernanda Cardoso is a Brazil-born Australian researcher interested in natural products, toxins and venom peptide based drug discovery. Cardoso has interdisciplinary training in the fields of pharmacology, immunology, and neuroscience, which provide the skills to identify naturally occurring and synthetic bioactive molecules to study human physiology in fundamental and applied research in neurologic disorders such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and neurodegenerative diseases (motor neuron disease, MND; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS). Please see Dr. Cardoso's Grants and Publications list for more details.

Before joining the University of Queensland, Dr. Cardoso was part of the Queensland Institute for Medical Research, holding a prestigious CAPES Postdoctoral Fellowship. During this period, Cardoso developed novel platforms for discovering protein and peptide targets of therapies to combat infectious diseases and novel helminth-derived bioactives with anti-inflammatory properties. Please see Dr. Cardoso's Publications list for more details.

Dr. Cardoso is currently part of the Centre for Drug Discovery and manages many industry and academic projects studying ion channel modulators derived from natural repertoires, particularly from venoms, and the development of novel effective drugs to treat neurological disorders.