Carmen Penido was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1971. She received the B.S. degree in biology in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in pharmacology in 2000, from the Molecular and Cell Biology Postgraduation Program at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During her Ph.D. degree studies, she spent the year of 1997 at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, UK, and she went on to do a postdoctoral work at Institute Gulbenkian for Science, Lisbon, Portugal, in 2007. Presently, she is a Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Applied Pharmacology at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her main research interests include the study of the mechanisms of leukocyte activation and migration (mainly gamma/delta T lymphocytes and eosinophils), focusing on the involvement of chemokines and adhesion molecules during inflammation triggered by diverse stimuli. Other important areas of investigation include the study of the anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects of synthetic and natural products in animal models of allergy and inflammation, as well as high-throughput screening. Dr. Penido is a Professor at the Molecular and Cell Biology Postgraduation Program, and she was honored as a Young Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ). She is a member of the Brazilian Society for Immunology and Society of Leukocyte Biology.
Biography Updated on 10 January 2011