Catarina Araujo received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the Faculdades de Humanidades Pedro II (FAHUPE), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, in 1992, her M.S. degree in cellular and molecular biology from the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (IOC) (1997–1999), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, and her Ph.D. degree in cellular and molecular biology from the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (IOC) and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Bochum, Germany, Department of Special Zoology, Zoology/Parasitology Group (2002–2006). Her areas of expertise include parasitology, molecular biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and natural products. Dr. Araujo serves as a Visitor Researcher at the Laboratorio Nacional e Internacional de Referencia em Taxonomia de Triatomineos, investigating Trypanosoma cruzi vector interactions and genes related to the innate immunity (antimicrobial peptides) and digestive system of triatomines, focusing on genes encoding defensins, lysozymes, and cathepsins, and also investigating the genes encoding antimicrobial peptides and digestive enzymes for phylogenetic studies. Dr. Araujo is the author, coordinator, and the one who is responsible for the development of several projects related to the development of T. cruzi in triatomines and the characterization of the above specified genes from different triatomine species. All projects received financial support from different institutions from Brazil and other countries. Dr. Araujo is also an external Reviser of scientific projects from Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência, Brazil, Programa Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia en Salud-Colciencias, Colombia, and Research Grants Council (RGC, China) and also an external reviewer of different scientific journals.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2013